All arrangements are complete for the inauguration of the ten-day Gita Jayanti Samaroha (GJS) or Kurukshetra Utsav on the banks of Bramahasarovar in Kurukshetra from December 9 to 17 after a review meeting by the District Collector, Nikhil Gajraj in the office of the Kurukshetra Development Board about the arrangements. The GIS will be formally inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Jagannath Paharia on December 9, though the religious discourses had started much in advance.
Over the years, GJS has become popular with the Indian pilgrims and foreign tourists with the presentation of cultural events and religious discourses. An exhibition of craft work has been put up. Discourses, devotional songs, Sufi music, recitation of the verses of Gita will continue for ten days besides the craft fair. A brochure of various events and hoardings has been put up to inform about the ten-day festival.
Kurukshetra celebrates the unique GJS festival every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of the song celestial - the Bhagavad-Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita was preached here by Lord Krishna to Prince Arjuna here at the outset of the battle of Mahabharata, on the 11th day of the bright moon fortnight in the month of Margshirsh according to lunar calendar. On this day, the event is also celebrated elsewhere in India as Moksha Ekadasi.
Bhagavad-Gita was expounded by Lord Krishna to dispel the worldly ignorance of prince Arjuna which enabled him to enter into the world of yoga, true knowledge, discerning wisdom and enlightenment to discharge his duty. The message of detached action of Bhagavad Gita is good for both individual and collective emancipation.
Because of its association with Bhagavad Gita, Kurukshetra is regarded as one of the most sacred places in our country and the followers of Gita philosophy of life. Even today, the relevance of Gita Jayanti needs to been as an occasion is to revive and revitalize a spiritual, ethical, moral and cultural resurgence among the people.
Till 1998, Gita Jayanti was a solemn religious event. It was in 1989, the Kurukshetra Development Board, North Zone Cultural Centre, Haryana state Public Relations & Cultural Affairs Department and Haryana Tourism to officially celebrate the event in planned way with religious fervour and cultural gaiety.
During the festival, the revered tank called Brahamsarover becomes centre of attraction for ten days. Local Purshottampura Bagh becomes the venue for cultural events performed by eminent Indian classical exponents, well known singers, eminent dancers and folk artists. Besides the discourses and seminar on Gita, a craft fair is also held during the festival