International Gita Mahotsav

Celebrated at: Kurukshetra

Celebrated during: Novermber/ December

Main attractions: Sacred homage to the immortal Geeta

Srimad Bhagvad Gita is the holy book of Hindus and Gita Jayanti Samaroh is dedicated to the birth of Srimad Bhagvad Gita. The festival is very sacred to Hindus and is celebrated with immense religious fervor and dedication.

The festival is celebrated mainly in Kurukshetra, Haryana. The venue of the festival adds to the sacredness of the event. Kurukshetra is the land where celestial song 'Bhagwad Gita' is believed to have been delivered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. The place also holds significance as the famous sage Manu wrote Manusmriti here. The Rig Veda and the Sama Veda were also composed here. Apart from Lord Krishna, the land was visited by divine personalities like Gautama Buddha and eminent Sikh Gurus.

Srimad Bhagwad Gita has since its inception, been the philosophical guide and spiritual teacher for Hindus. In Gita, Lord Krishna has taught numerous lessons to Arjuna, which are considered to be ideal means of living one’s life. The holy scripture of Hindu mythology provides all the solutions for any problem of life.

During the Gita Jayanti Samaroh devotees and pilgrims from all over India gather at Kurukshetra. A ritual observed to be followed by everyone is to take bath in holy water of the sacred tanks - Sannihit Sarovar and Brahma Sarovar. The whole environment becomes divine and spiritual with numerous activities being organised.

The weeklong festival is celebrated with major attractions like shloka recital, dance performances, Bhagwad Katha reading, Bhajans, Dramas, Book Exhibitions and free Medical check-up camps. The Samaroh is organised by Kurukshetra Development Board, Haryana Tourism, District Administration, North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala and Information and Public Relations Department Haryana.

Programme Detail

Thursday 13 December
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Inauguration of International Gita Mahostav
12.00 noon Srimadbhagwatgita Sadan Kurukshetra University Inauguration of International Gita Seminar
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Maha  Aarti
6.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Inauguration of Light and Sound Show
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Inauguration of Cultural Programmes Cultural Performance by Partner State –Gujarat Dance Drama by Gracy Singh
Fridayday 14 December
10.00 a.m. Senate Hall Kurkshetra University International Gita Seminar
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Cultural Performance by Arists of North Zone Cultural Centre
5.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Light and Sound Show
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Maha  Aarti
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Dance Drama by Sangita Sharma  performance by Ranju Prasad Kavi Sammelan
Fridayday 15 December
10.00 a.m. Mela Gound near Sadachar Sthal Valedictory Session of International Gita Seminar
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Cultural Performance by Kurukshetra University
2.00 p.m. Jyotisar-the Birthplace of Gita Cultural programme
5.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Light and Sound
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Maha Aarti
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Performace of Atasi Mishra Performance of Kiran Singh singing performance of Hemant Brijwasi & Troupe
Saturday 16December
10.00 a.m. Sannhit Sarovar Complete recitcal  of Srimadhbhagwatgita in group
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Cultural perfoamce of international troup & multi Art Cultural centre
2.00 p.m. Mela Gound near Sadachar Sthal Sant sammelan
5.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Light and Sound
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Maha Aarti
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Performace of Vijay Vardhan ;s Sajda performace of Abhivandan Vij and Sunita Dhariwal
Sunday 17 December
10.00 a.m. Sannhit Sarovar Complete recitcal  of Srimadhbhagwatgita by devotees
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Cultural perfoamce by Department of Art & Cultural Affairs,Haryana
5.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Light and Sound
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Maha Aarti
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Performance of International Cultural Troupes performance of NIFA Troupe Singing performance of Satinder Sartaj
Sunday 18 December
10.00 a.m. Jyotisar-the birthplace of Gita Gita Yajna
10.00 a.m. Theme Park Rectial of Ashtadash Shloki Gita by 18,00 students
11.00 a.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Folk dance by the artists of Haryana Pavillion & NZCC
12.00 noon Theme Park and Jyotisar Tirtha Global Gita Chanting
3.00 p.m. In front of KzDB office (departure venue) Gita Shobha Yatra
5.30 p.m. Brahma Sarover Light and Sound Show
6.00 p.m. Purushttampura Baag Brahma Sarover Grand Maha Aarti and Deepdaan
7.00 p.m. Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Brahma Sarover Dance Drama by Subhra Gahlohta Vrindavan Raslila and dance Gita on Wheels


21 November-7 December   Online Gita and Competitions
2 December Brahma Sarover IGM Marathon
07-23 December Brahma Sarover(Eastren Side) Crafts mela –A confluenance of National Artists and Artisans
07-23 December Brahma Sarover(Westrn Side) Saras mela –A confluenance of National Artists and Artisans
07-23 December Mela Ground near Sadachar Sthal Fun Fiar
07-23 December Aarti sthal Purushttampura Baag Bhajan Sandhya
08-09 December Kurukshetra University Wall painting competition
13- 18 December Brahma Sarover Exhibition by spiritual ,cultural education & social organizations Rangoli painters camp and photography competition
13- 18 December Brahma Sarover Gita book fair
13- 18 December Brahma Sarover Exhibition on development and progress of Haryana
13- 15 December Govt Senior Secondary School Kurukshetra State level completion on Gita Sholak Recital Gita quiz Gita declamair and essay writing


How to Reach

By Air

The closest airport is at Chandigarh, about 82 kms. away.

By Rail

Kurukshetra railway station is located on main Delhi-Ambala railway line. There are direct trains from important cities to Kurukshetra. The other railhead, Ambala Cantonment is 44 kms. from Kurukshetra. Many number of trains going to north from Delhi halt at Kurukshetra.

By Road

Kurukshetra is well-connected by road. It is about 160 kms. from Delhi, 39 kms. from Karnal and 40 kms. from Ambala. It is 6 kms. from Pipli, an important road junction on the National Highway No. 1.

 

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