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Kurukshetra Festival aka Gita Jayanti Samaroh is celebrated at the holy place of Kurukshetra in Haryana. According to Hindu mythologies epic text Mahabharata, Kurukshetra was the place where the great battle namely Mahabharat had held. The battle was fought between two cousin clans Pandavas and Kauravas where Lord Krishna(Lord Vishnu Incarnation) gave the Gita Updesh to Arjuna(one of five Pandavas) before heading to the battlefield. The updesh was given on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha which is a waxing phase of the moon. According to the Lunar Calendar, it is during Margashirsha month.

Every year, the festival runs for 6 days during November and December. In 2019, the festival is scheduled to be held from December 13 to 18. The Kurukshetra Festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Now, the holy book is pursued and followed to solve daily problems in the life of human beings. 

Major Attractions of Kurukshetra Festival

This festival is marked by the pilgrims taking a dip in the sacred waters of Brahma Sarovar and Sannehit Sarovar followed by reciting stories from the holy book of Hindus along with religious slokas.

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Further, the devotees get indulged in ‘Deep Daan’ which is followed by delightful dance and drama performances.

First Day. The first day of the celebration starts with the inauguration of several holy activities such as the inauguration of Gita Mahotsav, International Gita Samaroh, Maha Aarti, Light & Sound Show, and cultural performances. 

Second Day. The second day is observed with great enthusiasm and devotion towards Lord Krishna. There are several activities are performed such as drama on epic Mahabharata. Severa classic dancers and actors attend the festival and give their cult performances on the subject of Bhagavad Gita. apart from this, the International Gita Seminar is organised to teach people important sayings of Lord Krishna that he taught on the battlefield of Mahabharata. 

Third Day. The third day starts with the same spirit by Hindu devotees. The day witnesses the same activities and performances. This day students of Kurukshetra University perform on the various events of Mahabharata. The third day is also the last day of the International Gita Seminar where the knowledgeable Pundits wrap up the preachings of Bhagavad Gita. 

Fourth Day. The fourth day commences with a cultural extravaganza that includes the classic dance and singing performances by international cultural troops. Apart from this, there are also several organisations of Sant Sammelan. The day ends with Maha Aarti(ritual with singing traditional Sanskrit Shlokas)

Fifth Day. The day witnesses several cultural extravaganzas. The day starts with the complete recitation of Srimad Bhagavad Gita by Hindu Devotees, cultural performances like dance, drama and folk singing by the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs of Haryana. Here, one can also enjoy the performances by international troops. 

Sixth Day.The 6th or the last day witnesses extreme enthusiasm amongst the Hindu devotees. The Gita Yajna is performed with the recitation of Slokas from Bhagavad Gita. At last, the Gita Shobha Yatra is organised to preach the locals as well as tourists about the Bhagavad Gita. 

How to Reach  

By Air. Kurukshetra does not have its own airport. But, there are other airports which one can opt for commuting. Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport which is just 83 kilometers away from Kurukshetra. Once you reach the airport, you can easily take local commuting options like a taxi or a bus to reach Kurukshetra. The airport is well-connected with other neighbouring cities in India and overseas. Another nearest airport is Ludhiana Airport in Punjab which is 137 kilometers away from Kurukshetra. 

By Rail. The nearest railway stations are Kurukshetra Junction Railway Station, Thanesar City Railway Station, and Dhoda Khedi Railway Station. These railway stations are well-connected to the neighbouring regions of Kurukshetra as well as India.

By Road. Kurukshetra has got the finely structured roadways that are well-connected to the surrounding regions of Haryana state. It is also well-connected to neighbouring cities of India. The state bus service is well-webbed with other cities like Delhi, West UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh. 

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    13-18 December, 2019

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