With the International Gita Mahotsav concluding Saturday, global chanting of verses from Shrimad Bhagvad Gita was done simultaneously in Brahamsarover in Kurukshetra and 25 other countries from 6 pm to 6.15 pm.
The countries where the verses were chanted include India, Canberra-Australia, Bahrain, Vancover-Canada, Paris-France, Hong Kong, Jakarta-Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UAE, UK, California, Arizona, Chicago and New York in USA Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were present at the global chanting ceremony and recited verses from Bhagwad Gita with others at Brahamsarover in Kurukshetra.
Meanwhile, actor Hema Malini performed the Draupadi dance at the funtion. Rajnath Singh, while describing Bhagwad Gita as the essence of life, said that only messages from Gita could rid the world of problems that the humanity faces today. He said India is the only country which could give the message of spirituality to the entire world.
Speaking at the occasion, Khattar said that Gita Jayanti is celebrated every year in Kurukshetra. But last year, the state government had announced to celebrate it across state.
One person each from 574 districts of the country had reached Kurukshetra with one shloka scripted on their traditional dresses. They have also brought along sand from their respective districts which would be utilised to make a magnificent idol of Lord Krishna at Jyotisar in Kurukshetra, Khattar added.
Apart from this, 18,473 school students also recited the 18 shlokas from 18 chapters of Gita and created a world record.