Chandigarh, December 19 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal announced that the Kurukshetra Mahotsav-Gita Jayanti Samaroh would be celebrated at international level next year. The Chief Minister was speaking as chief guest in the inauguration function of Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra at Ludhiana (Punjab) today. Earlier, he inaugurated the District Level Gita Jayanti Samaroh at Karnal.
The Chief Minister said that the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is the essence of life and it gives message of public service without any self interest. He said that it is a coincidence that in 1966 Haryana came into existence and even ISKCON was established in 1966 in America. Both are entering their golden jubilee year.
He said that Gita Jayanti is being celebrated in all 21 districts of the State and in a similar manner Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra is being carried out in Ludhiana. He said that political leaders should also work selflessly without expecting anything in return and should take inspiration from lessons of the Gita. He said that values are important in education as merely getting a degree would not be enough. In this direction, the Haryana Government has incorporated shalokas of the Gita in the school syllabus.
He said that he had been in-charge of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for three years and he had visited Punjab before as Pracharak of the Sangh, but as Chief Minister he has visited Ludhiana for the first time. The Chief Minister participated in the aarti of Bhagwan Jagannath and broke a coconut to flag off the Rath Yatra. On this occasion, Gopal Krishan Maharaj of ISKCON Kurukshetra expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Minister for his announcement of setting up ISKCON temple in Jyotisar of Kurukshetra.
Also, he appreciated the decision of the State Government to celebrate Gita Jayanti in all districts of Haryana and said that if Gita Jayanti is celebrated throughout the country then it would be a unique message for human welfare. Director, Punjab Kesari Group, Mr. Avinash Chopra thanked the Chief Minister for participating in the Rath Yatra.