Gita Bhavan Hindu Temple, North West’s largest Indian temple, has joined the International Gita Mahotsav with a prayer filled religious event….reports Dr Sekhar Vemuri
The event is to commemorate the birth of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’, the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, the third Pandava in the battlefield of Kurukshetra on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the epic Mahabharata. According to scholars Gita revelation is one of the greatest days in the history of mankind. Nearly 5152 years ago on that day a dazzling flash of brilliant lightning lit up the firmament of human civilization. That spiritual effulgence, that flash, was the message of the Bhagavad Gita, given by the Lord Himself on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Renowned scholar Pandit Ranganath Shastri along with Greater Manchester Police Supt. Steve Howard, Manchester Inter-Community Council’s Ashit Sinha jointly inaugurate the function. The ceremonies were started with Shruthi by Acharya Shyam Sunder Sharma. He also recite 18 selected shlokas from the 18 chapters of Gita.
Mr Sinha conveyed the best wishes of temple Trustee Mr Raj Kaushal, one of the main organisors, to the gathering. The event was organised by Asian Lite newspaper in association with Gita Bhavan. Mr. Bhupender Nath Mehan, Trustee of the temple, present a copy of Bhagwat Gita and a shawl to chief guest Supt. Howard.
Aaneet Kapoor, Chair of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee explained the relevance of the festival and how the event started at Kurukshetra in Haryana, the abode of Param Pujya Maha Mandlewashwar Geeta Manishi Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj.
Gita Bhavan students Suvridhi Sharma, Naman, Mahima, Chrish, Abhishek Desai, Charantej Annepu, Mantej Annepu, Abhishek Desai, Ameya Desai recite Sholakas with their English translation. The performance of the younger generation from the Indian community really impressed the gathering and they were rewarded with Shawls by GMP Supt. Howard.
Maneet Kapoor shares his experiences as a devotee of Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj and how the Gita influencing his personal and professional life. Anasudhin Azeez, editor of Asian Lite, was the compere of the event. Dr Sekhar Vemuri of Sekhar Homeopath Clinic in Manchester, Dr Girdhari Bhan were also spoke.
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