Chandigarh, August 6 – As the Haryana Government has decided to celebrate the international-level ‘Kurukshetra Mahotsava Gita Jayanti Samaroh’ on a grand scale from December 6 to 10, 2016, a 574 member delegation representing different Districts in the country would be formed and the number of these delegates would signify an equal number of Shalokas delivered by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
This was stated by Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, while presiding over a meeting to review the preparations for the ‘Kurukshetra Mahotsava Gita Jayanti Samaroh’ here today.
He said that each member of this inter-state delegation would adopt and display a shloka during his or her journey to the venue of the festival at Kurukshetra, where all the members would converge. During their journey, these delegates would disseminate the teachings of the sacred Bhagavad Gita among the people. He that that it would encourage participation of people from across the country in the festival.
He said that to further encourage participation from other states, Gita Shloka recital, declamation and quiz competitions would be organised in all states and the winners would be invited to the programme at Kurukshetra for the final rounds of these events.
He also directed the concerned officers to organise one-day Gita Jayanti programmes at block level to ensure participation of people at the grassroots level, apart from three-day programmes at district level on the pattern of those organised last year. These programmes would be organised between December 1 and 5.
The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure beautification and cleanliness of the city before the programme. He also directed them to make adequate arrangements for transportation, especially within the city.
It was informed in the meeting that with a view to project the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita at international level, prominent personalities associated with the Bhagavad Gita from across the globe, members of the Indian Diaspora and other scholars would be invited to participate in this festival. It was also informed that various special activities would be organised for different groups of people, including students, Gita scholars, students and teachers of subjects such as Archaeology and Religious Studies, and other visitors. These activities would include international level seminar on the Bhagavad Gita, national-level Gita Shloka recital, declamation and quiz competitions, national-level exhibitions from places associated with Lord Krishna, exhibitions by spiritual, religious and educational organisations, international book fair on the Bhagavad Gita, cultural programmes and a crafts mela, among others.
Apart from this, half marathon race and ‘prabhat pheris’ would be organised at various levels across the State. A photography competition would also be held and winning photographs would be displayed during the event. A coffee table book on Gita Jayanti Samaroh would also be released. Tableaux would also be prepared for Nagar Shobha Yatra to be conducted on December 10.
To facilitate the visitors, stalls would be set up for translating the Bhagavad Gita into Hindi, English and other languages and information about the festival would be provided through SMS, dedicated mobile application and web portal. Temporary residential sheds would also be installed. Prominent Gita scholars, non-governmental organisations, organisations dedicated to the study of the Bhagavad Gita and other spiritual, religious and educational institutions would also be offered the option to set up their stalls to disseminate the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
It was also informed that a separate food plaza would be set up by the Tourism Department, where vegetarian dishes from all States would be offered. To attract the foreign visitors, vegetarian continental dishes would be served. Apart from this, counters offering snacks and beverages such as tea and coffee would dot the entire venue. An entertainment plaza offering rides and other attractions would also be set up.
Those present in the meeting included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Finance and Planning, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, ACS, Information, Public Relations and Languages, Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal, ACS, School Education, Mr. P.K. Das, Director, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Sameer Pal Srow, Chief Executive Officer, Kurukshetra Development Board, Dr. Pooja Bharti, and other senior officers of the State Government.