International Gita Mahotsav: Haryana plans global mega event in December

In the mega event, Haryana government is aiming to set a world record with the recitation of “Ashtadash Shaloki Gita” by as many as 18,000 students at one go.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 27, 2016 3:58 am
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Haryana government is organising its first ever International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra from December 6 to 10 this year.  In the mega event, Haryana government is aiming to set a world record with the recitation of “Ashtadash Shaloki Gita” by as many as 18,000 students at one go. It shall also be simultaneously chanted by hundreds of people in countries across the world. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Mahotsav on December 6.

During the Mahotsav, young men and women from 574 districts will reach Kurukshetra showcasing one shloka each scripted on their traditional dresses. “They would also bring along sand from their respective districts which would be utilised to make an idol of Lord Krishna to symbolise unity and integrity of the country,” said Khattar in New Delhi Saturday. He strongly refuted opposition’s allegations that BJP was promoting Hinduism in the garb of Gita.

Khattar said that with a view to spread the eternal message of Gita to the world community, global chanting of Srimadbhgvad Gita would be held from 6 pm to 6:15 pm on Gita Jayanti Day before the final deepdan ceremony at Brahamsarovar in Kurukshetra.

Various eminent writers, poets, scientists and other personalities have been invited for the event. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall also be invited, added Khattar.

The countries where global chanting would be held include India, Canberra-Australia, Bahrain, Vancover-Canada, Paris-France, Hong Kong, Jakarta-Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Newzealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UAE, UK, California, Arizona, Chicago and New York in USA.

“Bhagvad Gita is not confined to any particular region, but it gives an universal message of essence of life to the mankind. International Gita Mahotsav has nothing to do with the issue of promotion of Hinduism,” Khattar said.

While talking on the SYL canal issue, Khattar strongly advocated Modi declaring water as a national asset during his address in Bathinda yesterday. He also urged all neighbouring states to contribute in meeting the water requirement of Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee shall also lay the foundation stone of Rs 97.35 crore Krishna Circuit in Kurukshetra.

Meanwhile, on the day of Gita Jayanti on December 10, a dance drama on Draupadi will be held in Kurukshetra and renowned Bollywood actor Hema Malini will perform. The festival will also feature a grand crafts mela and Saras mela on the banks of the sacred Brahamsarover in Kuruksehtra.