UPDATED: December 11, 2020 | 11:40 IST
At this year’s International Gita Mahotsav, a total of 55,000 school students will collectively recite 19 verses from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, in the state of Haryana an official statement said on Thursday. The International Gita Mahotsav 2020 will be held from December 17 to 25 this year.
The official statement further read that the recitation of Bhagavad Gita verses will be held in online mode in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and will take place on December 25 at 12 noon, the last day of International Gita Mahotsav 2020.
The event is being conducted in Haryana, whereas many as 9,000 students will be from Kurukshetra, the location of the international festival each year, while other students will be from the remaining 21 districts in the state.
The statement said, “These students will be connected online simultaneously.” The Education Department of Haryana has been entrusted with the responsibility of linking all schools with this programme.
International Gita Mahotsav 2020
About International Gita Mahotsav
The International Gita Mahotsav is celebrated in India every year to commemorate the birth of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’, the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, the third Pandava in the battlefield of Kurukshetra on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the Mahabharata.
Traditionally, International Gita Mahotsav is celebrated in the country with the chanting of verses from Bhagavad Gita, the offering of oblations in fire sacrifices (yajna), and distributing prasad to devotees.
The official statement has also said that according to the guidelines of the Covid-19 pandemic, all school competitions and extracurricular activities are supposed to be held online this year, and so, the International Gita Mohatsav 2020 will be celebrated online.