International Gita Mahotsav 2021
Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the holy book of Hindus and Gita Jayanti Samaroh is dedicated to the birth of Srimad Bhagavad 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 the 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.
This year in 2021, International Gita Mahotsav Programme was organized by the Art and Cultural Affairs Department in collaboration with Haryana Kala Parishad at the premises of Brahmsarovar, Kurukshetra from 02.12.2021 to 19.12.2021. The Department organized many cultural events during the Mahotsav and many renowned artists participated in the Mahotsav. Hon'ble Ministers, Officers, and famous peoples have visited the Mahotsav and appreciated the work done by the Department. The participation of international artists and craftsmen in the cultural activities and craft fair attracted a large number of people to visit Kurukshetra. Exhibition from different religious and spiritual organizations was also organized on the occasion. Many Indian & foreign scholars participated in the Seminar on the Gita organized by Kurukshetra University. Discourses on the Gita in Sant Sammelan, water laser show at Brahma Sarovar, Mega cultural Evenings, Global Chanting of the Gita by the students, Gita Sobha Yatra, Performances of the artists of the Country, food stalls of different regions of India, and crafts are the prime attraction of this festival. In addition to this team of 21 sculptors led by the Art and Cultural Officer (Sculpture) build 21 sculptures and 75 Artists led by the Art and Cultural Officer (Painting) paint the canvas on the theme of Mahabharta and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Various competitions were also organized among which the top 3 artists were honored with prizes (cash prizes, certificates). On each day of the Mahotsav, Bhajan sandhya was celebrated in which chief Guests (Minister, Officers, famous personalities) were invited. Also, Gita Mahotsav was celebrated in 75 tirthas which are under the area of 48 Miles from the Brahmsarovar.