Mahabharata Current Affairs - 2019

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Ramayana Themed Stamp Released by Indonesia

Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.

About the Stamp

  • The stamp is designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta.
  • The stamp features a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita.
  • It is a specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.

India-Indonesia Bilateral Relations

India and Indonesia have shared close cultural and commercial contacts spanning back to two millennia. The Hindu, Buddhist and later Muslim faith travelled to Indonesia from the shores of India. The Indonesian folk art and dramas portray great influence from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The shared culture, colonial history and post-independence goals of political sovereignty, economic self-sufficiency and independent foreign policy had a unifying effect on the bilateral relations.

The foundation of the Non-Aligned Movement at the Asian-African Conference held in Bandung in 1955 and the adoption of India’s ‘Look East Policy’ in 1991, provided avenues for rapid development of bilateral relations in political, security, defence, commercial and cultural fields. The diplomatic relations have further received uplift with the Act East policy.

International Gita Festival, 2018 to be held in Kurukshetra

The International Gita Festival 2018 will be organised in Kurukshetra in Haryana from December 7 to 23, 2018. This year it is third year of this mega cultural event, where Mauritius is partner country and Gujarat is the partner state. Gita festival will also be organised in Mauritius next February. The objective behind this event is to spread the message of Gita to world.

International Gita Festival 2018

It is being organized to commemorate birth of ‘Srimad Bhagwat Gita’, the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, third Pandava in battlefield of Kurukshetra on first day of famous 18-day battle in Mahabharata. It is held mainly on 11th day on Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Margashirsh month (November – December) as per traditional Lunar calendar i.e. Shukla Paksha Ekadashi day of Margashirsha month. It is jointly organized by Kurukshetra Development Board, Haryana Tourism, District Administration and Information and Public Relations Department, Haryana. On sidelines of this event, about 200 famous painters from across the country will draw paintings on walls of Kurukshetra on the theme of the Mahabharata under the ‘paint-the-wall’ competition. Artists from India as well from Mauritius, Indonesia, Iran, Turkmenistan and Russia will perform during the annual festival.

Bhagavad Gita

It is 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is set in narrative framework of dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna. The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, bhakti, karma, and Raja Yoga and Samkhya philosophy.