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Dhaka Tribune

20,000 participate in Gita recitation festival in Dinajpur

  • First time event in Bangladesh
  • Rituals such as worship, chanting held 
Update : 28 Apr 2024, 10:31 PM

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita Recitation Festival in Dinajpur witnessed the collective recitation of the sacred text by 20,000 voices, marking a significant milestone in the country's spiritual landscape. 

This event, characterized by the harmonious recitation of chapters one, 12, and 18 of the Gita, stands as a remarkable first in Bangladesh, uniting devotees and enthusiasts in a profound expression of faith and devotion.

Taking place in front of the historic Kantajew Temple in Dinajpur at around 10:30am on Saturday, devotees from various regions, including Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Jaipurhat, and Nilphamari, participated in the event. 

The program also featured rituals such as worship and the chanting of Veda Mantras and Mahanam Japa.

The inauguration of the festival, marked by the hoisting of the flag and the lighting of the lamp, was graced by Land Minister Narayan Chandra Chand and former MP Manoranjan Shill Gopal, senior vice president of the Hindu Religious Welfare Trust. 

The gathering also included notable figures such as Sushant Ranjan Roy, project director of the Local Government Engineering Department, Dr DC Roy, member of the Raj Debottar Estate, and Dr Manas Bhattacharya, convener of the Gita recitation initiative in India.

Throughout the morning until noon, the Kantajew Temple premises buzzed with the presence of countless devotees, undeterred by the intense heat. 

The overwhelming turnout reflected a deep sense of spiritual devotion and enthusiasm among the participants, who found solace and enlightenment in the collective recitation of the Gita.

Jugal Chandra Biswas, hailing from Parbatipur, expressed his appreciation for the event, highlighting the need for such gatherings to bolster religious interest among the populace. 

Similarly, Madhavi Rani and Dharitri Rani Mohant from different districts echoed sentiments of satisfaction and spiritual fulfilment derived from the experience.

Ranjit Kumar Roy from Kaharole upazila underscored the significance of the event, and spoke about its role in fostering unity and peace among diverse communities. 

He expressed hope for global well-being, invoking prayers for rain and harmony in the face of severe drought.

Tushar Ranjan Roy Keshab, convener of the organizing committee, lauded the successful coordination of the event, emphasizing its inclusive nature and the substantial participation from across the region. 

Prafulla Kumar Roy, member secretary of the organizing committee, reiterated the event's purpose of nurturing religious consciousness and promoting communal harmony.

In his address as the chief guest, Land Minister Narayan Chandra Chand underscored the timeless wisdom embedded in the Bhagavad Gita, emphasizing its universal message of righteousness and compassion. 

He stressed the importance of upholding moral values and fostering a spirit of inclusivity and goodwill, resonating with the ethos of the Gita's teachings.

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