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President Kovind inaugurates week-long International Gita Mahotsava-2017 at Kurukshetra
Inaugrated by President Ram Nath Kovind, the week-long International Gita Mahotsava-2017 began on November 25 in Kurukshetra town of Haryana.

According a press release, speaking on the occasion, the President said that the message of the Gita is relevant for all times to come right from an ancient society based on agriculture to a society based on commerce and industry, and now to a knowledge society.

The President visited the sacred bank of Brahma Sarovar and laid the foundation stone of the Gita Research Centre at the Gita Gyan Sansthanam nearby. He was of view that the message of the Gita was timeless and helpful in resolving the dilemmas and struggles between right and wrong that exist within every human being.

He noted the efforts made by the people of Haryana to improve the child sex ratio in the state and pointed out that daughters of Haryana had excelled in a variety of fields, from politics to education, mountaineering to wrestling, and space travel. He made a mention of Haryanavi girl winning the international beauty pageants and urged for encouraging women's empowerment in the state. 

Kurukshetra town is known as a sacred place where celestial song 'Bhagwad Gita' is believed to have been delivered by Lord Krishna to perplexed and confused Arjuna. The scripture is considered to be the philosophical guide and spiritual beacon for the Hindus that provide solution for existentia issues of life.

The stream of devotees and pilgrims is reaching Kurukshetra to participate in numerous spiritual and devotional activities being organised that will last for a week such as shloka recital, dance-drama performances, Bhagwad Katha readings, devotional singing, processions, exhibitions, book exhibitions, etc.

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