Gita Jayanti celebrates the inception of Bhagvad Gita, the sacred text of Hindus. It’s celebrated on Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. The celebration is to commemorate the day when Lord Krishna rendered his philosophical teachings – immortalized in the epic Mahabharata – to prince Arjuna on the first day of the 18-day battle of Kurukshetra (in present-day Haryana, India).
Lord Krishna imparts the most sacred lesson of life to Arjuna on the battlefield. He educates him about the core philosophies in life, the order of Karma/Dharma and much more; the essence of this lesson is captured in the Bhagavad Gita, literally meaning ‘the song of the Supreme Lord’. Bhagavad Gita prompts individuals to think and take fair decisions and look at life differently.
Celebrating Gita Jayanti is a celebration of the philosophy that helps us in our everyday life. The celebration includes recitation of and discussions on the Bhagavad Gita, it’s message and much more. It is observed with great devotion and dedication, not only in India but around the world.
Radha Krishna Mandir too celebrated this auspicious day by performing Gita Havan (reciting the shlokas from the Bhagvad Gita) in which devotees of all ages took part. Havan concluded in half an hour after which 18 Shlokas from Gita were recited, one from each ‘adhaya’.
We had the honour of hosting a talk on Bhagvad Gita, by the learned Gaur Natraj Das ji. He reached out to the audience on the qualities of the Bhagvad Gita and explained its importance in our everyday life. He gave practical examples for the benefit of the children present on the day on how we can use the teaching of the divine Gita in our daily living, which the devotees found very interesting. Please visit our Facebook page for live feed on the talk.
Young children present also sang bhajans of Lord Krishna. The congregation was blessed with a message (thanks to the modern technology) by Swami Gyananand ji Maharaj from Kurukshetra, India.
All in all, the Gita Jayanti celebration (carried out for the first time in our mandir) was very enjoyable.
Article written by Mrs Indu Seth (President of Hindu Religious Society).