Gita Jayanti In 2020: Know Its Date, Importance and Rituals

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The Vastness Of The Hindu Literature
The Hindu religion owns voluminous literature, containing sacred ancient wisdom which has come down from ages. Among the plethora of religious scripture found in the ancient Indian tradition, Vedas come out as the most fundamental ones, regarded by many Hindus to be the most sacred and the words of God. Indeed they are the foundation of Hindu philosophy and religious beliefs. However, there is a scripture in India, which is much shorter & crisp and which contains the essence of the Vedic wisdom. Yes, we are talking about Bhagavad Gita, the source of ultimate wisdom and a course on one’s Dharma & Karma. Incidentally, at the time of Gita Jayanti in the year 2020 the planets that represent Dharma and Karma, Jupiter and Saturn form a Conjunction in Capricorn.

Bhagavad Gita, The Crown Jewel Of Indian Spirituality
The Vedas are vast and not very direct when it comes to the conveyance of their message. It is said that Bhagavad Gita is actually the gist of Vedic wisdom and the summary of Indian Spiritual Knowledge. In fact, Bhagavad Gita contains an ocean of wisdom, which has influenced Indian tradition for the last several millennia. Thus, reading Gita is like knowing a lot about Indian spiritual and philosophical wisdom.

How Sanjay Narrated The Bhagwad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita text is written in the 3rd person It was narrated by Sanjay to King Dhritarashtra as it took place between Lord Krishna and Arjun. Sanjaya, who was the assistant to the visually challenged king Dhritarashtra, was graced by his Guru Ved Vyas. Sanjay was given the power to remotely view things on the battlefield as they were happening on the battlefield.

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The Significance Of Gita Jayanti Festival
On this festival, devotees read the Bhagavad Gita. They discuss with wise priests and scholars on how is the Gita applicable and most helpful even today. Krishna devotees keep a fast on this day as it falls on Ekadashi. People sing bhajans (devotional songs) and also dance together. They perform puja and distribute sweets (as prasad). The main purpose of celebrating Gita Jayanti is to remember the words of Bhagavad Gita and make use of its wisdom in practical living. Inspired by Gita, people lead a courageous and active life.

Gita Jayanti Date And Tithi 2020
Date for Gita Jayanti: 25th December 2020
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 11:17 PM on Dec 24, 2020
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 01:54 AM on Dec 26, 2020
Gita Jayanti, also called Bhagwad Gita Jayanti is the festival on which Bhagavad Gita was born. This year it falls on 25th December 2020. In other words, it is the birthday of Bhagavad Gita. It falls on the Shukla Ekadashi, i.e. the 11th day of waxing Moon phase in the Margshirsha month as seen in the Hindu calendar. As per the belief, on this day, “Bhagavad Gita'' was revealed to Arjun by Lord Krishna right before the battle of Kurukshetra (which lies in the present-day Haryana in India). It is the same day as Mokshada Ekadashi, a day of fasting for the people who want to attend Moksha.
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The Rituals Followed During Gita Jayanti:
1) Lord Krishna temples celebrate this day with lots of enthusiasm and energy, pujas are performed with special prayers on Gita Jayanti.
2) Devotees from all over India and the world visit Kurukshetra on the day of Gita Jayant, they take a holy bath in sacred ponds.
3) Other than the holy bath, Lord Krishna is worshipped with aarti at the end of Gita Jayanti.
4) As Gita Jayanti is celebrated on Ekadashi, devotees are required to fast on this day and do not consume grains like rice, wheat and barley, from sunrise till sunset.
5) Also, during Gita Jayanti, organised celebrations are carried out, wherein the value of Dharma is taught to the youth through the explanation of Gita. The reading of Gita usually starts with Gita Dhyanam or Gita Arti.
With Ganesha’s Grace,
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