IEP Chandigarh, September 17
The three-day International Gita Mahotsav took off at the Parliament House in the Canadian capital Ottawa in a grand manner with the message of Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal played.
On this occasion, the holy book Bhagavad Gita was placed in the library of the Canadian parliament after Ms Sonya, Head of Parliament Library, received its copy for Parliament Library from Gita Manishi Swami Shri Gyananand Ji and India-born Canadian MP, Sh. Chandra Arya.
Later speaking on the occasion, Swami Shri Gyananand Ji said that the relevance of the Bhagavad Gita has become more relevant in the present times. Every person should imbibe the teachings of Gita in his life.
He said that the message of the Gita holds eternal relevance and it has been inspiring human beings for thousands of years.
“We have to spread the message of the Gita to every corner of the world. For this purpose, International Gita Mahotsav(IGM) programmes are being organized,” said Swami Shri Gyananand Ji.
A message from the Prime Minister of Canada, Sh. Justin Trudeau welcoming everyone to Parliament Hill in this Mahotsav was also read out at the programme.
The Prime Minister said that such events not only bring Canadians together but also greatly encourage them to celebrate their diversity.
He said that the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood taught in the Bhagavad Gita is universal. He thanked everyone present there for being a part of this special day.
In this programme, cultural programme and Gita shloka recitation were done by the children of Chinmaya Mission, followed by a classical dance performance.
Nepean MP of Ottawa, Sh. Chandra Arya, High Commissioner of India to Canada, Cabinet Minister, Sh. Kamal Gupta, Sh. Subhash Barala, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General of Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Dr Amit Agrawal, Ambassador of Nepal, The High Commissioners of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Sh. Madan Mohan Chhabra, Secretary, KDB, Sh. Chandrakant Kataria, CEO, KBD, and Sh. Upendra Singhal, Member, KDB and other dignitaries were also present at the event.
Notably, to bring Kurukshetra to the world stage and to spread the teachings of the holy book Gita, to the masses, not only in Kurukshetra and Haryana but this grand festival of Gita (IGM), is also being successfully organized in countries like Mauritius and England. This time the event is being held in Canada.