Gita Mahotsav

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Gita Mahotsav is an event centred around the Bhagavad Gita, celebrated on the Shukla Ekadashi, the 11th day of the waxing moon of the Margashirsha (Agrahayan) month of the Hindu calendar. It is believed the Bhagavad Gita was revealed to Arjuna by Krishna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.[1] The text is written in the third person, narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra as it transpired between Krishna and Arjuna. Sanjaya, the scribe of the blind King Dhritarashtra, was blessed by his guru, Ved Vyasa, with the power to remotely view the events taking place on the battlefield as they transpired.[2]

International Gita Mahotsav 2019

Gita story[edit]

The Delivery of the Bhagavad Gita

In the epic Mahabharata, the story of the Bhagavad Gita takes place just before the start of the Kurukshetra War. After several attempts at reconciliation failed, war was inevitable. Out of pure compassion and sincere love for his devotee and best friend, Arjuna, Lord Krishna decided to become his charioteer during the battle. The day of the war finally came, and the armies faced off on the field of war. Just as the battle was about to start, Arjuna asked Lord Krishna to drive the chariot to the middle of the battlefield, between the armies, to look more closely at the opposing forces. Seeing his grandfather, Bhishma, who raised him with great affection since childhood, and his teacher, Dronācārya, who had trained him to become the greatest archer, Arjuna's heart began to melt. His body started to tremble and his mind got confused. He became unable to perform his duty as a Kshatriya (warrior). He felt weak and sickened at the thought that he would have to kill his relatives, his friends and revered persons in this confrontation. Despondent, he told Krishna of his sudden change of heart and turned to him for advice. The conversation that ensued, Lord Krishna's advice, messages and teachings to Arjuna, is what is known now as the Bhagavad Gita, the ancient scripture and philosophical work.[citation needed]

Gita Aarti[edit]


The Bhagavad Gita Aarti[3] (Hindi: भगवद गीता आरती) or Gita Aarti] is a prayer found in the Sreemad Bhagavad Gita shastra.[specify][citation needed]

The aarti can be spoken, or sung with musical instruments to give more effect to worship. Aartis are usually performed at the end of the puja ritual. It is said that if there was any flaw in the puja, it may be fulfilled by the aarti.[4]


Devanagari Transliteration English Translation
जय भगवद् गीते, जय भगवद् गीते ।
हरि-हिय-कमल-विहारिणि सुन्दर सुपुनीते ॥
कर्म-सुमर्म-प्रकाशिनि कामासक्तिहरा ।
तत्त्वज्ञान-विकाशिनि विद्या ब्रह्म परा ॥ जय ॥
निश्चल-भक्ति-विधायिनि निर्मल मलहारी ।
शरण-सहस्य-प्रदायिनि सब विधि सुखकारी ॥ जय ॥
राग-द्वेष-विदारिणि कारिणि मोद सदा ।
भव-भय-हारिणि तारिणि परमानन्दप्रदा ॥ जय॥
आसुर-भाव-विनाशिनि नाशिनि तम रजनी ।
दैवी सद् गुणदायिनि हरि-रसिका सजनी ॥ जय ॥
समता, त्याग सिखावनि, हरि-मुख की बानी ।
सकल शास्त्र की स्वामिनी श्रुतियों की रानी ॥ जय ॥
दया-सुधा बरसावनि, मातु ! कृपा कीजै ।
हरिपद-प्रेम दान कर अपनो कर लीजै ॥ जय ॥[5][6][7]
Jay Bhagavad Geete, Jay Bhagavad Geete
Hari-Hiy-Kamal-Vihaarini Sundar Supuneete
Karm-Sumarm-Prakaashini Kaamaasaktihara
Tattvagyaan-Vikaashini Vidya Brahm para Jay.
Nishchal-Bhakti-Vidhaayini Nirmal Malahaaree
Sharan-Sahasy-pradaayini SAB vidhi Sukhakaaree Jay.
Raag-Dvesh-vidaarini kaarini mod Sada.
Bhav-Bhay-Haarini Taarini Paramaanandaprada Jay.
Aasur-Bhaav-vinaashini Naashini Tam Rajanee
Daivee sad Gunadaayini Hari-Rasika Sajanee Jay.
Samata, Tyaag Sikhaavani, Hari-Mukh kee Baanee.
Sakal shaastr kee svaaminee shrutiyon kee Raanee Jay.
Daya-Sudha Barasaavani, Maatu! Krpa Keejai.
Haripad-prem daan kar apano kar leejai Jay
Oh song of God yours triumph, oh song of God yours triumph
You provide path to lotus God's heaven being a beautiful melody
You lights up the good work, removed all works attachment
You do philosophy development and provide knowledge of supreme spirit
You provide steady devotion, purity and remove impurity
You provide us mighty God's shelter and are by all methods pleasant
You remove anger, hatred within us, always provide joy
You destroy fear of death, provide salvation and gift of ultimate bliss
You destroy demon sentiments and remove darkness & passions
You provide divine quality and keep us together in God's devotion
You as voice of the God, teaches us parity and sacrifice
You are the boss of gross science and queen of all the hearings
You rain's mercy and nectar! mother, be graceful to us.
Make me yours by gifting us the path of God's love


"According to Lord Krishna, those who are "adharmi" (not righteous) are considered as not eligible to know about Bhagavad Gita." Shastra, which may include associated texts and aarti, Lord Krishna while delivering the Bhagavad-Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, just prior to the commencement of the Mahabharata war, has also confirmed the same in the 18 Chapter (verse-18-67).

You should never disclose this science to one devoid of austerities, nor to one who is not devoted, nor to one adverse (sic) to spiritual advancement and never anyone who is envious of me.

—Bhagavad Geeta[8]



In 2016, the Government of Haryana organized the International Gita Mahotsav from 6 to 10 December. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, was to inaugurate the Mahotsav; later it was done by Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana, and Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister.[9]


In 2017, the Gita Mahotsav was held on 25 November to 3 December, inaugurated by Ram Nath Kovind, President of India.[10]


The International Gita Mahotsav 2019 was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora on 23 November 2019 on the bank of the Brahma Sarovar water pool in Thanesar, Haryana..[citation needed]


The Government of Haryana celebrated the International Gita Mahotsav from 17th December to 25 December 2020.[11]


Reading Gita usually starts with Gita Dhyanam and the Gita Aarti sometime either found at the beginning or end of all the Gita chapters.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Bhagavad-Gita: Chapter".
  2. ^ Bhagavad Gita Ch 18 Txt 75.
  3. ^ "Hindi Book Aarti Sangrah ( Complete ) by Gita Press". Gita Press. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "What is Aarti and How it should be done by Gita Press". Gita Press. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ "भगवद् गीता आरती - संगीत साथ".
  6. ^ Swami Chinmayananda. BHAGAVAD-GITA (VERSES & MEANING). Central Chinmaya Mission Trust. ISBN 9788175974715.
  7. ^ "Gita Arati" (PDF). Gita Society. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Bhagavad-Gita: Chapter 18, Verse 67".
  9. ^ "Gita mahotsav begins in Kurukshetra - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Mauritius to partner with Haryana for Geeta Mahotsav - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Bhagavad Gita is major source of inspiration for youth: Khattar". The Indian Express. 26 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  12. ^ "ShrImad Bhagavad Gita". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  13. ^ "NRI sisters recite 700 Gita slokas from memory". RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM. Retrieved 20 October 2017.

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