Gita Jayanti is celebrated today, which as per the traditional Hindu calendar is the 11th day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Margashirsha month. Gita, which literally means the Song of Gods, was revealed to Arjuna by Lord Krishna after the former refused to fight his blood relatives and teachers. The Holy Scripture contains 700 verses and is part of the great Mahabharata epic. The Holy Gita was narrated by Sanjaya to King Dhritarashtra, the father of Kauravas. Sanjaya, an assistant to King Dhritarashtra, was given the boon to remotely view the events on the battlefield by Sage Vyasa.
Gita Jayanti is celebrated grandly in Kurukshetra, the location of the historic battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Large numbers of devotees visit Kurukshetra today and take a dip in the holy Brahma Sarovar and Sannihit Sarovar tanks. Further, devotees read and listen to the Gita and learn the principles of dharma from the sacred book.
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