The International Gita Mahotsav was held in London during 9th to 11th August 2019. It was organised by Hindu Council Uk, Government of Haryana, Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) and GIEO Gita. Our mandir (Radha Krishna Mandir in Gandhi Hall) also participated as one of our trustee’s Mr Maneet Kapoor was heavily involved in the organisation of the event.
The first day, Friday 9th August 2019
A seminar / conference took place in the House of Commons, attended by many dignitaries including the High Commissioner of India, various MP’s, Haryana Government and KDB officials. The achievement of the day was that Bhagwat Gita was placed with respect in the House of Commons, a pride for the Hindus.
The second day, Saturday 10th August 2019
International Gita Seminar took place in the Logan Hall at the University College London where devotees came in coaches from Manchester (our mandir), Leicester, Coventry and Southall. Many made their own way from Glasgow, USA, Canada, Austria and India. There was a Krishan Kripa Group from India of around 175 devotees who had come especially for this 3-day event.
The Logan hall with a capacity of 1,000 was full and with the help of the volunteers from UK Krishan Kripa Parivar (followers of Swami Gyananad ji Maharaj), it was very well organised. The ladies wore the same colour sarees, so stood out in the crowd and looked very nice.
There were various high-profile dignitaries, both religious and political, each of whom spoke for a short time on the importance of Bhagwat Gita in our daily life and also about Kurukshtra, a place from where Gita Gyan originated.
The officials from Haryana Govt. and KDB promoted Kurukshtra as a holy place to visit and see 46 sites relating to the karam bhumi of gyan given by Krishna. Kurukshtra should be remembered and visted for these reasons and not just where the Mahabharat took place.
High commissioner of India , Ms Ruchi Ghanshyam was given Bhagwat Gita to be placed in the House of Lords also, another pride for the Hindus, i.e Our Holy book will be given full respect in the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
There were many saints, Swami Gurusharnanand ji Maharaj, Swami Gyananand ji Maharaj, Baba Bhupender Singh Ji, Maharaj Parmatmanand ji, Swami Dharam Dev ji, Swami Radha Mohan ji (ISKON UK), Mansoor Ahmed Rana ji.
There was Dr Aniko from Austria, she has practiced Hinduism for the last 20 years and her speech was very interesting, how an Austrian person was influenced by the Bhagwat Gita.
It was a great opportunity to see and hear the great saints. Their message on how-to live-in peace was very useful i.e. make your self strong both physically and mentally and Bhagwat Gita will help you with this provided you read and practice it with good faith.
Swami Gyananand ji maharaj further explained the importance of 3 A’s in our life and how they are related to Gita ji.
- ACTIVE…..body fitness (karam yog per Gita ji)
- AWARE…..Intilect fitness (Gyan yog per Gita ji)
- ALERT…….Mind fitness (Bhakti yog per Gita ji)
There was also cultural programme based on Bhagwat Gita and performed by children, which was very enjoyable.
The Third day, Sunday 11th August 2019
Gita Yagna for world peace took place at the Ram mandir in Southall and Gita Sadbhavna Yatra started and finished from the same place.
Before the yatra, there were speeches by the saints and also some MP guests. All the men from Krishan Kripa Parivar wore similar T shirts and stood out in the crowd.
The yatra was a colourful event, loads of people following the different floats, all beautifully decorated. Devotees were chanting, dancing and really enjoying themselves. For those who couldn’t walk much, there was a coach they could sit on and enjoy. The atmosphere was that of a carnival and the weather gave full support by staying dry.
All in all the 3 day event was an enjoyable, memorable and spiritually uplifting experience.