Happy Anniversary to Gita

Recently, Gita was the talk of the town. Somebody said ‘send Gita to school’ and some advocated to ‘give national status to Gita’. What would be the fate of Gita, I don’t have a clue!

Here, I am not talking about Gita, the girl but ‘The Gita’, a sacred Hindu scripture. Also known as Bhagavad Gita or the Song of the Lord, The Gita is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and a 700-verse scripture in Sanskrit language.

The sacred scripture contains invaluable advises of Lord Krishna that he offered to Arjuna, the third Pandava, in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the Mahabharata.

The Chariot of Krishna

  • The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war with his cousin brothers Kauravas, Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to “fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma.
  • TheBhagavad Gita was exposed to the world through Sanjaya, who senses and cognizes all the events of the battlefield. Sanjaya is the advisor and also charioteer of Dhritarashtra, the blind king and father of Kauravas.
  • The chronology of Mahabharata and the Bhagavata Purana puts the date of Bhagavad Gita around 3132 BCE. Hindu traditionalists assert that the Gitacame into existence in the third or fourth millennium BC, around the ending of Dwapara Yuga.
  • TheBhagavad Gita has been highly praised, not only by prominent Indians including Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, but also by Aldous HuxleyHenry David Thoreau,  Robert Oppenheimer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Jung, Herman Hesse,Bulent Ecevit and others.
  • The Gita‍ ’​s emphasis on selfless service was a prime source of inspiration for Gandhi, who said:

When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. My life has been full of external tragedies and if they have not left any visible or invisible effect on me, I owe it to the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, commented on theGita:

The Bhagavad-Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life; yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.

  • APJ. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, despite being a Muslim, used to read Bhagavad Gita and recite mantras.
  • Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and director of the ‘Manhattan Project’, learned Sanskrit in 1933 and read the Bhagavad Gita in the original form, citing it later as one of the most influential books to shape his philosophy of life. Upon witnessing the world’s first nuclear test in 1945, he later said he had thought of the quotation “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”, verse 32 from chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita.


Now coming to the point

Do you know it’s the birth month of The Gita?

Well, well. I just wanted to inform that the birthday celebration ‘Gita Jayanti Samaroh’ is about to start on 17th Dec and will continue till 21st Dec in Kurukshetra, a holy city in north Haryana, India.


It is celebrated every year in the month of November or December, at the magnificent ‘Braham Sarovar’. The Sarovar comes to vibrant life for more than a week with attractive lighting, enthusiastic crowd and talented artists. Craftsmen from all over INDIA assemble here with unique artifacts. Various types of religious and cultural events are organized and the celebration ends with unforgettable vista of Deep daan and Aarti.

I will be posting pictures when and where possible.


 Source: Wikipedia

46 Comments on “Happy Anniversary to Gita”

                    1. Yes my India is the most wonderful country. Australia is a disciplined country. Everybody will stand in a queue. No small no big. Not heard any horn so far. A mason earns more than a doctor or engineer. Whenever you visit any shop , or any body. He will first wish you and ask you how are you

                    2. The ho the cares for its citizens. If somebody is injured or is sick and goes to hospital. They will not ask him for money. They will treat him first and then bill. Even if he does not have money to pay they help

  1. A couple of favourite quotes from the Gita:
    When one’s mind dwells on the objects of Senses, fondness for them grows on him, from fondness comes desire, from desire anger. Anger leads to bewilderment, bewilderment to loss of memory of true Self, and by that intelligence is destroyed, and with the destruction of intelligence he perishes. Krishna; Chapter 2, verses 62–63
    Acts of sacrifice, charity and austerity should not be abandoned, but should be performed;
    worship, charity, and also austerity, are the purifiers of even the ‘wise’.
    But even these actions should be performed leaving aside attachment and the fruits, O Partha; this is my certain and best belief. (Krishna; Chapter 18, verses 5–6, The Bhagavad Gita)

    Over the years I came to understand that the greatest acts one seeks to accomplish are only meaningful if done in complete detachment.

    There is a Japanese story of a Samurai who went to confront a warlord who had killed his master. When the Samurai stood face to face with the murderer, the killer spit in the Samurai’s face. The Samurai sheathed his sword and walked away.

    When asked why he did not avenge, both himself and his master, the Samurai responded: had I killed my opponent at that moment, it would have been done as an act of anger, of emotion. That would not have served the purpose, nor avenged my dead master.

    I cannot even imagine how much pain and suffering earth humanity could avoid if it learned to always act in detachment. From personal experience I can attest to the fact that “…these actions should be performed leaving aside attachment and the fruits,…”

    1. You don’t know How relieved I am to see that people actually have knowledge of Geeta’s Preachings. There’s no doubt that it has been associated with a particular religion but The Message is for entire humanity…Only if we go deeper leaving the attachments aside…Thanks for throwing light on some quotes.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I had no idea about the celebrations. I think the wisdom of Geeta is profound. The number of times you read it, the deeper & more meaningful it gets. Which part of India do you reside in?

      1. Wow!!! That is one of the most beautiful places in our country! My parents have visited twice, somehow I have not. It must be getting very cold there by now!

  3. Very helpful post….Thanks for drawing attention to ‘The Gita’…….Super writings…. Obviously, I’ve only accessed it in translation…. 😉 Hugs!

            1. No we still read Sanskrit in schools as compulsory subject but that has nothing to do with interest. Only those people specialize the language who want to pursue a career in ancient religious scriptures. They read it for others.

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