Gita-jayanti is the anniversary day commemorating the day that Srimad Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Sri Krishna to His dearmost devotee Arjuna. On this day, 5000 years ago, on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, the Supreme Lord delivered the most confidential and topmost knowledge of devotional service to His lotus feet in the form of the Bhagavad-gita to His dearmost devotee Arjuna, and to humanity at large, in order to help all devotees understand the purpose of life and the way to surrender to Him.
On the auspicious day of Mokshada Ekadasi, Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, sung the Bhagavad Gita to his dear friend and disciple Arjuna, on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra more than 5000 years ago. It generally come in the month of December. Bhagavad-gita’s message transcends its immediate historical context and reveals timeless truths.
GITA PARAYAN (Chanting of the verses of Bhagavad-Gita)
On Gita Jayanti, devotees around the world celebrate the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna found in the classic Vedic text Bhagavad-gita. Devotees ususally do Gita-parayana (Chanting the verses of Gita) and held Harinama-sankirtana in the evening.
A Gita Book Marathon also takes place and devotees take part in actively distributing Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita to everyone. In recent days, after the revolutionary preaching on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita by Worldwide Hare Krishna Movement’s founder-acharya Srila Prabhupada, Gita Jayanti has become one of the most important festivals in devotee communities across the world. Bhagavad-Gita As It Is , which is Srila Prabhupada’s translation of the original Sanskrit text along with purports, has been translated in practically every language of the world and millions of copies have been distributed.
Advent of Bhagavad-Gita:
Srila Prabhupada writes in his commentary:
“A rough estimate is that the Gita was spoken at least 120,400,000 years ago; and in human society it has been extant for two million years. It was re-spoken by the Lord again to Arjuna about five thousand years ago. That is the rough estimate of the history of the Gita, according to the Gita itself and according to the version of the speaker, Lord Sri Krishna.”
The late religious historian R. C. Zaehner formerly of Oxford University claimed, “Of the sacred books of the Hindus, the Bhagavad-gita is the most widely read and probably the most important text for understanding eastern mysticism.”