Gita Jayanti


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Gita Jayanti

November-December; 11th day of waxing half of Hindu month of Margasirsa
The birthday of the Bhagavad Gita —a Sanskrit poem relating a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna found in the Hindu epic Mahabharata —is celebrated by reading and reciting passages from the Gita and by holding discussions on its philosophical aspects. This is also a day on which Hindus fast, worship Krishna, and resolve to put more effort into their study of the Gita. Why is this day considered the birthday of the Gita ? Some texts assert that on the 11th day of the waxing half of Margasirsa, Lord Krishna taught Arjuna the sacred lore of the Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, and thus made available to the entire human race the poem often referred to as the "Song Celestial."
SOURCES:
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 96
RelHolCal-2004, p. 180
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She said that as the result of the efforts of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Gita Jayanti has been celebrated as the International Gita Mahotsav for the last three years, which has brought Kurukshetra on the world map.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON, encouraged his disciples to distribute the Bhagavad-Gita all over the world and set in motion the 'Gita Jayanti Book Marathon'.
Hanif was at the Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Noida on Friday as the chief speaker at a function organised to celebrate Gita Jayanti.
Also on December 18, the VHP will celebrate Gita Jayanti. This day marks the day Lord Krishna 'revealed' Bhagavad Gita to Arjun (one of the Pandvas).
This Centre aims to provide/organize many religious, spiritual, and social services/activities-including prayers, havans, satsangs, bhajans, meditations, weekly preetibhoj; celebrations of Deepavali, Holi, Mahashivratri, Navaratri, Ramnavmi, Rakshabandhan, Purnima, Krishan Janamashtmi, Karva Chauth, Gita Jayanti, etc., festivals; visits of religious scholars, bhajan singers, etc.; special programs focused at seniors, youth and children; classes for yoga, Indian classical dances, Indian classical music, Indian languages, etc.; discourses on Hindu scriptures; matrimonial services; etc.