Gita Jayanti commemorates the day when Lord Krishna rendered his philosophical teachings to prince Arjuna on the first day of Kurukshetra battle. When prince Arjuna refused to fight against his cousins, the Kauravas, Lord Krishna expounded the truth of life and the philosophy of Karma and Dharma to him, thereby giving birth to one of the world's greatest scriptures, the Gita.

The custom at temples on Gita Jayanti is to conduct a mass recital of the Gita’s 700 verses through the day. Many observe fast on Ekadashi as this day has been iconic since olden times. So we may cheerfully disregard the Western superstition, which in any case is of highly uncertain origin, that ‘Friday the Thirteenth' is a dire day.


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