The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state is aiming to take the annual Gita Jayanti celebrations to international level in 2016, said chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Addressing a gathering here on Saturday, the CM said Bhagavad Gita was Haryana’s cultural heritage and the state government would propagate it for world peace and brotherhood.
“Like Tamil Nadu celebrates Onam for four days and Punjab celebrates Baisakhi for several days, Haryana, the land of Bhagavad Gita, will observe the annual festivity in a bigger social gathering. From the next year, Gita Jayanti festivities at Kurukshetra will draw international attention,” Khattar said.
He said it was for the first time that Gita Jayanti was being celebrated in all districts of Haryana and not just in Kurukshetra.
“Last year, I attended the Gita Jayanti celebrations and felt that it should be extended to all parts of Haryana. From today, all districts have started observing three-day celebrations. It is a proud moment that Haryana is able to promote cultural asset in such a planned way. There is a need to adopt moral teachings of Gita to build a society of responsible citizens,” the CM said.
Khattar said while the Western philosophy emphasises on individualism and its rights, the focus of Indian traditions remains on the society and duties of individuals towards each other.
Khattar said there was nothing wrong in promoting the cultural ethos that revere ‘gau’, Gita and Ganga.
“Every society has its traditions which act as a binding force for the society. We should respect it and promote universal brotherhood for a peaceful nation,” he added.
The Cm also lauded the role of social organisations and schools of Karnal for making the Gita Jayanti Mohotsav celebrations a success where participants from different faiths participated.
Earlier, the CM inspected stalls exhibiting messages of peace and unity with a focus on the teachings of Gita.