Gita Jayanti and its Significance

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Gita Jayanti

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Gita Jayanti is observed every year on the Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of the waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar.  Day is also considered as birthday of Bhagavad Gita. This year, the Gita Jayanti marks the 5158th anniversary of the Bhagavad Gita, the holy text of Hindus and will be observed on 14 December 2021. On this day, “Bhagavad Gita” was revealed to Arjuna by Krishna Himself in the battlefield of Kurukshetra (in present-day Haryana, India). The text is written in third person, narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra as it transpired between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. Sanjaya, the secretary of the blind King Dhritarashtra, had been blessed by his Guru, Vyasadev, with the power to remotely view the events taking place on the battlefield as they transpired.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on Gita Jayanti.  On this occasion, Shri Modi has also shared his two recent speeches that he gave on the Gita.

In March 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also launched the Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavanandaji’s Bhagavad Gita

Significance of Bhagavad Gita

The holy book consists of 700 verses and is a significant part of the Indian Epic Mahabharata Bhisma Parva. The warrior Arjuna at first failed to gain the courage of the enemies who were his cousins. Therefore, to ensure Dharma and end the wrong happenings, he took an active part in the battlefield. Finally, he conquered his emotions, which resulted in a historical war, and was penned down in Bhagavad Gita.

How Gita Jayanti is celebrated

It’s mainly celebrated in Kurukshetra, Haryana. There’s something sacred about the place.

At Kurukshetra, devotees and pilgrims from all over India gather during Gita Jayanti Samaroh. Everyone is supposed to bathe in the holy water of the sacred tanks – Sannihit Sarovar and Brahma Sarovar. There are so many spiritual activities organized there that the whole place becomes divine and spiritual.

Festival highlights include shloka recitals, dance performances, Bhagwad Katha readings, Bhajans, Dramas, Book Exhibitions and free medical screenings. The Samaroh is organized by Kurukshetra Development Board, Haryana Tourism, District Administration, and the Art and Cultural Affairs Department of Haryana.

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