in 64 Days
6.Making decorative floral and grain designs on the floor,
7.Home and temple flower arranging,
11.Creating music with water,
12.Splashing and squirting with water,
14.Making flower garlands,
20.Magic and illusions,
21.Ointments for charm and virility,
23.Skills of cooking ,eating and drinking,
24.Beverage and dessert preparation,
25.Sewing(making and mending garments)
27.Playing veena and drums,
28Riddles and rhymes,
29.Poetry and games,
30.Tongue-twisters and difficult recitations,
32.Drama and story telling
33.Verse composition game,
36.Crafting wooden furniture,
37.Architecture and house construction,
38.Distinguishing between ordinary and precious stones and metals,
40.Gems and mining,
41.Gardening and horticulture,
42.Games involving animals,
43.Training parrots and mynas to speak,
46.Speaking in code,
47.Knowledge of foreign languages and dialects,
48.Making flower carriages,
49.Spells,charms and omens,
50.Making simple mechanical devices,
52.Game of reciting verses from hearing,
54.Meaning of words,
56.Prosody and rhetoric,
59.Games of dice,
60.The game of 'akarsha'(a dice game played on a board),
61.Making dolls and toys for children,
62.Personal etiquette and animal training,
63.Knowledge of dharmic warfare and victory,
20 types of sciences(vidyas)
Ashram / Teertha Yatra / Story / More
At the Sandipani Ashram in Porbandar, some 350 km south-west of Ahmedabad is the headquarters of Ramesh Oza, founder of the Sandipani Vidyaniketan (a school) and Ashram. Oza has been the long-time guru of the Ambani family and has been running the Shri Bhartiya Sanskruti Samvardhak Trust since 1984. It is a measure of his unobtrusive personality that he never flaunted his proximity to one of India's richest and most powerful business families, nor is a great deal known about him outside of Gujarat and the immediate Ambani circle in Mumbai.
Oza has been the Ambani guru since founder Dhirubhai Ambani's time and has played a pivotal role in major family events.
For instance, he was present when Dhirubhai was fighting for his life in Mumbai and stayed on in the city for nearly two weeks to comfort the family afterwards, even though he had a busy "katha" schedule -- that is, reading and interpreting the Ramayana and Mahabharata, which he regularly does to large audiences.
Later, on December 28, 2002, Oza was seen closeted with Mukesh and Anil during the release of a commemorative stamp on Dhirubhai in Mumbai by Pramod Mahajan, then communications minister.
How did the Ambani family become so close to this Brahmin from a modest middle-class family? Porbandar is just 32 km from Chorwad, the fishing village from which Dhirubhai originally came.
In the mid-1980s, when Dhirubhai was building his empire, Oza, then in his 20s, had already begun to attract followers and caught the attention of the Ambani family.
A Gujarati bania family's traditional reverence for Brahmins soon turned into admiration and Dhirubhai made a small contribution towards the school, which started with just 18 students. Over the years, as Dhirubhai grew more successful and powerful, he continued to keep close links with Oza.
The Ambanis may be Oza's most prominent followers in India, but he also has a large following among the non-resident Gujarati community, particularly in the US. He is also known to be close to senior ministers and bureaucrats in the government of Gujarat and was granted 85 acres of land to expand the Ashram's activities a few years ago.
Much of Oza's following, however, stems from the fact that he is said to take a greater interest in education and culture than in religion.