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Thee-day Gita Jayanti festival held in Jaipur
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 16 Dec 2013

Jaipur celebrated three-day Gita Jayanti festival from December 13 to 15. Gita Jayanti week in Jaipur began with a discourse on the Bhagavad Gita by His Grace Vrindavan Chandra Das who explained the complete Bhagavad Gita on December 13 in two and a half hours at Maharana Pratap Auditorium of Vidya Aashram School here. A collective devotion singing or ecstatic Kirtan was also done followed by distribution of snack Prasadam. In many Krishna temples, all the verses of the Bhagavad Gita were recited.

Also, a programme of devotional singing was done at Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gita Gyan (BIG Gyan), Jaipur established under the guidance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder and Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for spreading the teachings of Bhagavad Gita. Free distribution of sponsored copies of the ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is ‘ containing the transcendentally powerful dialogue of Lord Krishna with Prince Arjuna on the battlefield of Kuruksetra so mystically presented in it.

On December 15, a procession with a horse chariot was taken around the city with Krishna and Arjuna riding it. The procession started from Radha Govind temple Lal Kothi under the auspices of Shri Krishna Adhyatamik Unnati Kendra.

Also, on the last day of the festival a procession of 108 scriptures was taken out from a temple at Suraj Pol at terminated at Galata Gate. At Rash Vida Teeth in Itapúa, complete Gita verses were recited with devotion and piety.

According to V. N. Gopala Desikachariar, "Delivered by Lord Krishna, the sermon on the battle-field (Gita) lays stress on everyone doing the duty without aspiring for the fruits thereof, explains the true nature of the soul and the Supreme Being, and delineates the different means for liberation — Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Prapatti. A treatise on good living, it advocates social tolerance, avoidance of mutual hatred, kindness to all living beings, and equanimity of mind. It does not bar enjoyment of the worldly pleasures that are not forbidden by the scriptures and are earned through righteous means."