Union Home Minister emphasizes the dissemination of Bhagavad Gita’s wisdom during the ‘Sant Sammelan 2023’ at the International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav in Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra, 22 Dec (City Times) : (Sant Sammelan 2023) : Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in his address at the ‘Sant Sammelan 2023,’ held in conjunction with the International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, underscored the pivotal role of spreading the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita across the globe. The event, which commenced on December 7 and is set to conclude on December 24, serves as a significant platform for cultural and moral rejuvenation.
Amit Shah’s Call for Global Dissemination :
During his speech, Amit Shah highlighted the vision of Prime Minister Modi, who aspired for an annual International Gita Mahotsav. This vision was fulfilled in 2016 by Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar. Shah passionately articulated the necessity for the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita to transcend geographical boundaries, reaching every nook and cranny of India and the world. He commended the success of the Gita Jayanti Mahotsav over the past seven years, noting its positive impact on achieving its stated objectives.
International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav :
The ongoing International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav in Kurukshetra is an immersive celebration that brings together people from diverse backgrounds. Beyond its religious significance, the festival holds a broader objective of enlightening individuals with the profound and intangible heritage embedded in the Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the ‘song celestial.’ The event becomes particularly relevant in the present times as societies navigate through challenging circumstances.
Historical Significance and Evolution :
The Government of Haryana initiated the celebration of Gita Mahotsav in collaboration with the Kurukshetra Development Board back in 1989. In a significant milestone in 2016, the state government decided to elevate the festival to an International Gita Mahotsav, attracting over two million visitors to Kurukshetra. This decision marked a turning point in the history of Gita Jayanti celebrations in the city.
Continued Success :
In subsequent years, namely 2017, 2018, and 2019, the International Gita Mahotsav continued to captivate the interest and participation of the masses. The festival has become a beacon of cultural richness and spiritual enlightenment, drawing people from various walks of life. The consistent success of the Mahotsav underscores its significance in fostering a sense of cultural identity and moral ethos among attendees.
Conclusion : The ‘Sant Sammelan 2023’ serves as a testament to the enduring appeal and relevance of the Bhagavad Gita’s teachings. Amit Shah’s advocacy for its global dissemination reflects a broader aspiration to share the profound insights of this ancient scripture with people worldwide. As the International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav unfolds, it continues to play a pivotal role in fostering cultural understanding, spiritual growth, and moral upliftment. The celebration stands as a beacon of unity, inviting individuals from different backgrounds to collectively immerse themselves in the timeless wisdom encapsulated in the Bhagavad Gita.
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the Indian epic Mahabharata. Composed in Sanskrit, the Gita is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and the god Krishna, who serves as his charioteer. Set on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, the Gita unfolds as Arjuna grapples with moral dilemmas and existential questions about duty and righteousness.
Krishna imparts profound spiritual wisdom and guidance, addressing the concepts of dharma (duty) and yoga (the path to realization and self-discovery). The Bhagavad Gita has transcended its religious and cultural origins, gaining universal acclaim for its teachings on the nature of life, the self, and the pursuit of a harmonious existence. It continues to be a source of inspiration and a guide to ethical living for people around the world.