This year celebrated on the 10 December 2016, Gita Jayanti is the day Bhagavat Gita was spoken just over 5,000 years ago. This is an annual festival celebrated on the bright half of the Margashirsha month (November-December).
The Bhagavat Gita is an ancient text that describes how to transform one’s work into yoga and provides disciplines that allows one to experience God in all things.
Simply translated, Bhagavat Gita means “song of God”. This 700 verse “song“, is in the form of a battlefield dialogue between the Lord Sri Krishna and Arjuna, His friend and disciple. Krishna, acting as Arjuna’s advisor, instructs him in the science of self realization, teaching him how to live as a devotee of the Lord and to thus reach the eternal spiritual world while continuing to perform his earthly duties.
How do Hindu’s celebrate this festival? Many Hindu’s fast on this day . At Kurukshetra, the place where Bhagavat Gita was spoken, devotees and pilgrims from all over India gather and take part in ritual bathing at the sacred waters of Sannihit Sarova and Brahm Sarova. There would also be a fair, recitals of the Gita by prominent scholars, bhajans (devotional music), dance and dramas.
In the UK many devotee of Vishnu or Krishna will recite the 700 verses from the Gita.
Great and famous personalities were inspired by and praised the Bhagavat Gita, including Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, George Harrison, Albert Einstein, T S Eliot, Annie Besant and many more.
The first English version was written in 1785 by Charles Wilkins, and there were many versions in different languages after that. The Bhagavat Gita As It Is, a translation by, A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, remains the most widely-known versions of the classic text, and is now available in 96 languages.
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