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Gita Jayanti

December 22, 2023

Bhagavad Gita, Gita Jayanti

Gita Jayanti is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus. It is observed on the 11th day (Shukla Ekadashi) of the waxing moon of the Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar, which typically falls in November or December.

The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse section of the Indian epic Mahabharata. It is structured as a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and the god Krishna, who serves as his charioteer. In this conversation, Krishna provides guidance to Arjuna about duty, righteousness, and the path to spiritual enlightenment.

Gita Jayanti is marked by the reading of the Bhagavad Gita, with devotees coming together to recite all 700 verses. This day is considered particularly auspicious for beginning or continuing the study of the Gita. Temples, ashrams, and cultural institutions often organize discourses and discussions on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, engaging scholars, saints, and devotees.

In some regions, processions and tableaux depicting scenes from the Gita or the Mahabharata are also part of the celebrations. Furthermore, it is also a day when many people donate copies of the Gita to others.

Through its celebration of Gita Jayanti, the Hindu community not only pays tribute to this holy scripture but also renews its commitment to the spiritual and ethical path it delineates.



December 22, 2023
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