She is just a six-year-old but Firdaus Khatun won the hearts of many in Odisha’s Kendrapara district by winning a Bhagavad Gita recital contest.
Firdaus Khatun at her school.Biswaranjan Rout/The Hindu
The competition was held at the premises of the ISKCON temple in Kendrapara.
According to a report published by The Hindu, the temple authorities took permission of Khatun’s parents because of religious reasons.
“To our utter surprise, Firdaus’ mother not only gave her consent, but also remained present all through the competition,” said Akshaya Pani.
The little girl is hailed as a very bright student at her school, Sobhaniya Sikshashrama, in Kendrapara where she studies in Standard I. She regularly recites the Srimad Bhagavad Gita as part of the prayer class.
A devotional performance at a ISKCON temple in Kedrapara. Madhavananda
Her school’s principal says that she is too young to read the shlokas but has an incredible memory which helps her remember shlokas chanted during prayer. The school teaches the students moral lessons from all religions.
A total 46 children participated in the chanting of the Gita.