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5th Dharma-Dhamma conference being held in Rajgir, Bihar

5th International Dharma-Dhamma conference is being held Rajgir International Convention Centre in Rajgir, Bihar from 27-28 July 2019. The conference was inaugurated Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju who is also the Chief Guest of Conference. It is being hosted by Rajgir for 2nd time.

About 5th International Dharma-Dhamma conference

Objective: To address people about terror, violence and global warming prevalent in world. The 2-day conference also addresses subjects of Sat-Chit-Ananda and Nirvana Dharma-Dhamma Tradition which are pivotal topics of Buddhism.

Organised by: Nalanda University (NU) in collaboration with New Delhi’s Centre for Study of Religion and Society-India Foundation (CSRS-IF).

Participants: Almost 250 scholars and delegates from over 15 countries are participating in Conference.

Guest of Honour: Sri Lanka’s Home Minister Gamini Jaiwickrama Perera, Bhutan’s Home and Culture Minister Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen and Juna Akhada’s Awadheshananda Giri Ji Maharaj.

Significance:

Dharma-Dhamma conference being hosted by India benefit international community as well and also act as a platform for Hindu and Buddhist thinkers to express their views. It will help strengthen ties with other Asian countries.

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Haryana invites Nepal to be partner country for Gita Jayanti Mahotsav

Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Nepal to be Partner Country for International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav scheduled to be held at Kurukshetra from 3-8 December 2019. He extended inviation to Ambassador of Nepal to India Nilamber Acharya.

About International Gita Jayanti Mahotsav

Gita Jayanti Mahotsav: It falls on Shukla Ekadashi of in Hindu Calendar month of Margashirsha. The day symbolizes birth of Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita, the sacred text of Hindus and most pious and influential scriptures of Hindu mythology. People celebrate Gita Jayanti to commemorate sacred day when Lord Krishna offered his philosophical teachings to King Arjuna during battle of Kurukshetra.

Celebration in India: For last 3 years Haryana has been celebrating Gita Jayanti Mahotsav of International Level and every year a country is invited to become a partner country for event. For 2019, Nepal is invited to be a partner country. In 2018’s celebration 18,000 students recited ‘shlokas’ of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.

The festival is a result of efforts made by Haryana for promotion of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita at a grand scale. As part of celebrations an International Seminar on Shrimad Bhagwad Gita would also be organized on December 6 and devotees and scholars from Nepal could participate in it.

Worldwide Celebrations: Many other countries have also started celebrating Gita Jayanti in their countries. Such as Mauritius organized Gita Mahotsav in February 2019, United Kingdom is organising from 7-8 August 2019 and Canada has also proposed to organize similar Mahotsav.

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