Kurukshetra: President cancels his visit in the wake of J Jayalalithaa's death

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, December, 06 2016 - 15:14

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday cancelled his scheduled visit to Kurukshetra for the inauguration of the International Gita Mahotsav 2016 in the wake of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's demise last night.

"The President has decided not to come for the inauguration of the International Gita Mahotsav 2016 in view of the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa," said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Mukherjee was scheduled to inaugurate the festival at Brahma Sarovar and the international seminar on Gita at Shri MadBhagwat Geeta Auditorium at Kurukshetra University here.

The sacred Festival of Gita Jayanti samaroh is an annual event celebrated in Kurukshetra, in the months of November-December and lasts for more than one week.

"Gita Jayanti" is the birthday of Bhagvad-Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus. It is believed the immortal "Bhagavad Gita" was revealed to Arjuna by Sri Krishna himself in the battlefield of Kurukshetra a little over 5000 years ago. 

Over the years Gita jayanti Samaroh has gained immense importance and popularity. A large number of tourists have started to visit Kurukshetra during the event to participate in the sacred fair. 

The people participate in yajna, Gita reading, bhajans, aartis, dance, dramas, etc.

Discussions and seminars by eminent scholars and Hindu priests to throw light upon the various facets of the holy book and its perennial influence on humankind for generations. take place.

During the festival, stage play and Gita chanting competitions are held for kids to show their talents as a way to encourage their interest in reading Gita.


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