Gita Jayanti marks the day when Lord Krishna rendered his philosophical and spiritual teachings - immortalized in the epic Mahabharata on the first day of the 18-day battle of Kurukshetra. It is held that when prince Arjuna refused to fight against his cousins, the Kauravas in the battle, Lord Krishna expounded the truth of life and the philosophy of Karma Yoga to him, thereby giving birth to one of the world's greatest spiritual scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita.
Besides the fair, in Kurukshetra, Gita Jayanti is observed with the reading of the Bhagavad Gita, followed by discussions, discourses and seminars by eminent scholars, holy men and priests to throw light upon the various facets of the scripture, its present day relevance and its influence on humankind for generations.
Hindu temples, especially those dedicated to Lord Krishna, conduct special prayers on this day. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims from all over India gather in Kurukshetra to take part in the ritual bath in the sacred tanks - Sannihit Sarovar and Brahm Sarovar.
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