Om Sahana Vavatu is an ancient mantra often used as a prayer recited before studying sacred Hindu scriptures and at the beginning of classes at school. It is considered a shanti mantra, which is a chant or prayer for peace. The Shanti Mantras or "Peace Mantras" or Pancha Shanti are Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) found in Upanishads. Om Sahana Vavatu Mantra is commonly chanted as a way to honor the student and teacher relationship to create a genuine learning and developmental collaboration. For the smooth flow of information, knowledge, and experience, the teacher must earn the trust of the students, the students must be receptive to receive the teacher's knowledge, and both must be passionate and focused on the subject matter, which can also be influenced by a passionate enough teacher who has the ability to awaken passion in others. 

A basic translation of the Mantra can be given as...

Om! May God protect us both together; may God nourish us both together;

May we work conjointly with great energy,

May our study be vigorous and effective;

May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).

Om! Let there be peace in me!

Let there be peace in my environment!

This desk plaque is rendered by artisans of the Tambat Metalcraft, Pune, Maharashtra. The legacy of the Tambat Craftspeople who handcraft Coppre's products dates to the 17th century when they were invited to Pune by the Peshwas after Shivaji set up the city as the capital city of the Maratha Empire. 'Matharkaam' or beaten work is the distinguishing feature of Tambat craft.

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