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Every year on Shukla Ekadashi (the 11th day of one fortnight) of the Margashirsha month which is also known as Agrahayana (according to the Hindu Calendar) is observed as the Gita Jayanti. This year the same will be celebrated on 8 December 2019. It is believed on this day 'Bhagavad Gita' was revealed to Arjuna (one of the Pandavas from the famous epic Mahabharata) by Lord Krishna himself. This happened just before the battle of Kurukshetra (between Pandavas and Kauravas) was about to begin.
History Of Gita
The story begins more than 5000 years ago when Pandavas and Kauravas met on the battlefield which is considered to be the war between truth and evil deeds and thoughts. Due to affection over his devotee and best friend Arjuna, Lord Krishna agreed to become the charioteer of Arjuna. It was before the war when both the armies faced each other and Arjuna requested Lord Krishna to take the chariot in the middle of both the armies. After seeing his Grandfather Bhishma who raised him with great love and Dronacharya, his honourable Guru who taught him each and every war skill, Arjuna denied taking part in the war. Since the war was between cousins and relatives, Arjuna was not ready to raise weapons against his own blood relations.
Seeing Arjuna losing determination and concentration from the battlefield, Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to discard all the weak and sickening feeling. He asked Arjuna to recall his duties towards his brothers and distinguish between what is right and wrong. He gave the divine teachings of soul and life after death. After gaining knowledge and acknowledging his duties, Arjuna fought brave-heartedly.
Significance Of Gita Jayanti
Devotees of Lord Krishna across the world, celebrate this day with dedication and devotion. They consider Bhagavad Gita to be the supreme teacher and Divine Mother who teaches about the good and bad deeds. Devotees consider Bhagavad Gita as the ultimate bond through which one can connect with the Almighty.
The festival starts with devotees taking a bath and wearing clean clothes. They then perform puja and start reciting all the verses of Gita. This is then followed by a fast. Devotees also engage themselves in Bhajan and Aarti to please the Almighty and seek forgiveness for all the mistakes committed.
In many places, people organises Gita chanting competition and plays based on the verses written in Gita.
Date Of Gita Jayanti
It was in the year 2016 when the first International Gita Mahotsav was organised by the Government of Haryana. This was celebrated from 6 December 2016 to 10 December 2016.
This year the same started on 23 November 2019 and will go on till 10 December 2019. For that reason, this year the festival will be celebrated for 18 days to commemorate the battle of Kurukshetra that went on for 18 days. People from all over the world are expected to participate in this festival.
May Lord Krishna Bless You!!