Gita Jayanti - Singapore Hindus do it again!

February 19, 2012

Once again, Singapore's Hindu community came together to beautifully celebrate the glory of the Bhagavad Gita through a mass Gita havan on the grounds of the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Singapore. This was the culmination of the Gita Jayanti 2011-12 celebrations, sponsored and directed by the Marathi Mitra Mandal of Singapore. The pictures below show the breath-taking mūrti of Lord Vitthala of Pandharpur at the altar.

Hundreds of devotees participated in the preparation of the yaGYa site, in the chanting and in the actual havan or homa. Beginning with a Ganesha homa, followed by Śrī Kṛṣṇa Ashttotara and then the chanting of the entire Bhagavad Geeta with each verse accompanied by an offering to the homa, the event was an explosion of sattvic energy spread over 4 hours.

The event brought to mind verse 9-16 in which Śrī Kṛṣṇa declares:
मन्त्रोऽहमहमेवाज्यमहमग्निरहं हुतम् ||९-१६||
mantro.ahamahamevaajyamahamagnirahaM hutam.h .. 9-16..
I am the MANTRA I am also the clarified butter; I am the fire; I am the oblation.

The success of the Gita Jayanti was predicted by Śrī Kṛṣṇa himself in 10-36, for after all:
जयोऽस्मि व्यवसायोऽस्मि सत्त्वं सत्त्ववतामहम्
jayo.asmi vyavasaayo.asmi sattvaM sattvavataamaham.h
I am the industry (in those who are determined) ; I am the goodness in the good.

Hari Om and Namaskaar until the next post

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