The Bhagavad Gita is the most sacred, important Hindu script that influences numerous people, and Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagavad Gita. This day falls on Shukla Ekadashi of the Margashirsha month. According to the English calendar, this festival occurs during November or December. It is that sacred day when Lord Krishna gave the immortal message to Arjuna in Kurukshetra. Followers of Lord Krishna all over the world celebrate this day.
Nearly six thousand years ago on that day, a dazzling flash of brilliant lightning lit up the firmament of human civilization. That spiritual effulgence, that flash, was the message of the Bhagavad Gita, given by the Lord Himself on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
“The Gita is a source of power and wisdom. It strengthens you when you are weak and inspires you when you are feeble. It teaches you to embrace righteousness and resist unrighteousness.”
“The Gita is not merely a book; it is not a mere scripture. It is a living voice carrying an eternally vital and indispensable message to mankind. Its verses embody words of wisdom, coming from the infinite ocean of knowledge, the Absolute Itself.”
Rituals of the Festival
- Temples dedicated to Lord Krishna celebrate this day with great enthusiasm, which includes performing puja along with special prayers.
- Devotees from different parts of India and abroad, like to visit Kurukshetra on this day and take a holy bath in the sacred ponds.
- Apart from the holy bath, puja of Lord Krishna can be performed at home with Aarti at the end.
- Since it is celebrated on Ekadashi, it is important that devotees who fast on this day do not consume any kind of grains like rice, wheat, and barley.
- There have been many organized celebrations taking place to teach the value of Dharma to the youth of today through the explanation of the Gita on this special day.
Important Timings On Gita Jayanti
- Sunrise:- 30-Nov-2017 06:55 AM
- Sunset:- 30-Nov-2017 17:36 PM
- Ekadasi Tithi Begins:- 29-Nov-2017 10:51 AM
- Ekadasi Tithi Ends :- 30-Nov-2017 09:26 AM