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Jaipur celebrates 3-day Gita Jayanti Mahotasav with devotion and gaiety
Jaipur is celebrating three-day Gita Jayanti festival from December 20 to 22 with kalash yatras, rath yatras, cultural programmes and recital of the scripture by Gita Yagya Samooh, Gita Prachar Samiti, ISCKON, Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gita Gyan, Arsha Vidya Teertha Ashrama as well as various educational institutions and temples in the city.

The main celebrations are taking at Mansarovar, Adarsh Nagar, Lal Kothi, Sitapura and Galtaji. A cultural programme was held on December 20 in which devotional singing and classical dances were performed. However, today's programmes are devoted to processions, recitals, prayers, and discourses and worshipping. People are thronging at the Gayatri-Gita Temple at Galtaji for a special programme.

ISCKON, Jaipur has urged people to sponsor their programme of free distribution Srimad Bhagavad Gitas to schools, pilgrims, jails, colleges, hospitals, libraries etc. both personally and online.

Gita Jayanti is observed on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the bright half moon (Shukla paksha) of the Margaseersha month to mark the holy advent of Srimad Bhagavad Gita considered to be the nutshell of the Vedic wisdom spoken by Lord Krishna 5000 years ago at Kurukshetra.

According to the scripture, humans need to understand that they have the control over doing their respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be the motive, and humans should never be inactive. Moreover, only a Karma-Yogi or the selfless person becomes free from both vice and virtue in this life itself by striving for selfless service or getting detached from the fruits of actions or work.

The Gita holds that soul is eternal and explains that as it acquires a childhood body, a youth body, and an old age body during this life; similarly, it acquires another body after death. It preaches that lust, anger, and greed are the three gates of hell leading to the downfall or bondage of the individual, therefore, humans must learn to give up these three main vices.

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