When Arjuna refused to fight against his cousins (Kauravas) in the battle, Lord Krishna expounded the truth of life & the philosophy of Karma(Deeds) and Dharma(Duty) to him, thereby giving birth to one of the world’s greatest scriptures, the Gita.
Gita Jayanti marks the birth of the Holy book written by Vyasa. It falls on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha Ekadashi of Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar. This year Gita Jayanti falls on 30th November.
Today, we bring you 5 fascinating facts about the sacred book as well as the celebrations and activities that take place during Gita Jayanti. Have a look..
1. It is an epic dialogue between Pandava Prince Arjuna and his charioteer, Lord Krishna.
- According to belief on December 10, 5000 years back, Lord Sri Krishna uttered the instructions of Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in the battle. A complete recitation of all 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita was done followed by performance of the yajna for peace. The Bhagavad Gita is the most important collection of verses in the Mahabharata.
2. Why it is Known as the song of the Lord?
- Bhagavad Geeta means the Song of the Lord/God because, it is spoken in rhyming meter called “Anushtup”.
3. It provides possible solutions to almost all problems in the society.
- Bhagavad Gita is a Moksha shaastra/cripture whose main purpose is freedom from sorrow and experience of permanent Happiness. One important thing is that it is a universal scripture. It is not only meant for Hindus because there is no word named Hindu in the whole Geeta.
4. Meaning of Bhagwad Gita
- Two Sanskrit words make up this ancient Indian scripture namely Bhagavan meaning the All Powerful Personality or God and Gita implying song.
5. Holy Geeta is a synthesis of Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga & Jnana Yoga.
- The holy book contains 18 chapters and the 700 verses composed in the Anustup meter containing 32 syllables in every verse. All the 18 chapters are divided into 3 sections and each section is made up of 6 chapters. The first chapter is the Karma Yoga which explains the path of actions. The second section is Bhakti Yoga/devotional penance and the last section explains the truth about knowledge known as Jnana Yoga.
6. Gita Jayanti marks the birth of the Holy book
- One of the major activities during Geeta Jayanti day is the mass recitation or chanting of the entire scripture throughout the day. In few states, the texts are read as is. In many other states, it is recited as a poem or chanted as a song. Some activities also include holding fairs and stage plays of the Gita narration.
Even today also, the Bhagavad Gita is considered one of the greatest scripture because its application and significance is still relevant.