I am about to write about something that you may in this day and age take to with your new- age sarcasm....or not! My skepticism stems from the nonchalance on our part...yes, including me, towards our holy books or manuscripts. owing to the steadfast and materialistic lives we are forced to lead. This isn't a sermon....least of all that!Â As new as i was to the International Gita Mahotsav, that is held every year in Gita bhoomi, Kurukshetra, I was intrigued! How many of us have actually read Srimad Bhagwad Gita?Â The Bhagwad Gita is the most sacred, important Hindu script, referred to as the ultimate philosophy of Karma, done more than 5000 years ago. Gita Mahotsav or Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagwad Gita. This day falls on Shukla Ekadashi of the Margashirsha month. According to the English calendar, this festival occurs during November or December. It is that sacred day when Lord Krishna gave the immortal message to Arjuna, awakening him to his duty in Kurukshetra. This year International Gita Mahotsav is being celebrated from 23rd of November till 10th of December at Brahmasarovar. The festival has taken a celebratory turn with Art Festivals, Craft melas, Culinary delights, Culture based competitions, Light and Sound Shows and Cultural Events through the 14 days along with Gita Paath, Chanting and seminars discussing the inculcation of Gita Saar in our lives whilst observing the festival with en-masse recitation of all 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita. The festival is not restricted to only Hindus and India, it is celebrated all across the globe by the devotees and followers of Krishna and the Gita. It has captured the interests of many foreigners who have taken to the teachings of Bhagwad Gita. Over the years, Gita Jayanti is being celebrated in not only India but also Singapore and Malaysia in large scale. Temples in India who have deity of Lord Krishna also celebrate this day. It has also increased the popularity of Hinduism all over the world. All temples of ISCKON across the globe celebrate this day with proper rituals and offerings to the God. The free spirit of the festival urges me to visit atleast once...contrary to the fanaticism attached to religious practices.
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