The preparations for week-long Gita Jayanti Samaroh at Kurukshetra have been initiated jointly by Development Board, Haryana Tourism, District Administration, North Zone Cultural Centre, and Information and Public Relations Department, Haryana. The preparations are done in advance for the Gita Jayanti Samaroh since pilgrims from all over India gather in Kurukshetra to take part in this sacred festival which has gained immense popularity now.
The birthday of Bhagavad Gita - the holy Hindu scripture - Gita jayanti is being celebrated on December 13 this year. The festival is celebrated with great devotion and dedication, across the country and especially in the city of Kurukshetra. According to the Hindu colander, Gita Jayanti falls on the Ekadashi day of Shukla Paksha or the bright half of the Margashirsha month.
Kurukshetra is famous for epic battle of the Mahabharata and being the birthplace of the Gita. The Vedic scriptures also describe it as the place where the famous sage Manu wrote the Manusmriti and the Rig and Sama Vedas were composed in this pious land.
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.