Updated: Gita Jayanthi – December 12th/13th 2013

The Shukla Ekadashi prior to Vaikuntha Ekadashi was the day when Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

P.S: The SSVT temple lists December 12th as Ekadashi and Gita Jayanthi. However, the Uttaradi Mutta lists it as 13th. So, please verify the dates at the country you reside in.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lalitha Rao on December 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Gita Jayanthi Day, the date, should it be Dec. 9th,2008 or Jan. 9th 2009?


  2. Posted by meeraghu on December 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    It is December 9th 2008. In Jan, we have the Vaikuntha Ekadashi.


  3. Posted by Suma on February 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm


    I came across your website while searching lyrics. It is a very good website with lot of useful information.

    I need a favour from you. Could you please give the exact kannada lipi of the below slokas:

    Take aarti chanting this:

    Kotyaha Bramha Hathyanam Agamyagama Kotayaha
    Dhahathi Aaloka Maathrena Vishnoho Swararthikam Mukham

    During Namaskaram after pradakshinam:

    Urasa Sirasa Drushtya Manasa Vachasa Thatha
    Padhbhyam Karabhyam Janubhyam Pranamo Ashtango Ireethaha

    Shatyenapi Namaskaram Kurvathaha Sharngapanaye
    Shatha Janmarjitham pApam thathshanaadeva nashyanthi

    Thanks in advance.

    Let me check my books and post the lyrics, Suma.


  4. Posted by Suma on March 17, 2009 at 11:52 am

    let me lease


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