It is at Kurukshetra that the epic battle of the Mahabharata took place. It also marks the holy venue where Lord Krishna and Arjuna had the enlightening conversation between them that led to the birth of the Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus.
The Mahabharata Festival is held every year at the Kurukshetra in Haryana, to commemorate this day. It is celebrated with a number of events and celebrations and is one of the most popular of the Haryana Festivals. Though the time for celebrating the Mahabharata Festival almost coincides with the celebrations for the Gita festival at the same place, the Mahabharata Festival in Haryana takes place on a much larger scale and will have wider participation.
Description of Mahabharata Festival in Haryana
During the Mahabharata Festival, there are a number of events that are held. These include recitation of the Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, whereby homage is paid to the Epic Mahabharata and Lord Krishna. A number of seminars and interesting discussions are also held during this festival. A number of scholars and specialists participate in the enlightening conversations and analyses of the Gita.
A number of theatre groups also participate in the festival to add more zeal to the Mahabharata Festival at the Kurukshetra. There are also other cultural events such as Bhajan recitals, the ‘beautiful ‘Aarti’. And the ‘Deep Dan’ that happens at the Brahma Sarovar holy water tank at Haryana. All of these events are memorable and a poignant experience for all participants.
The Mahabharata Festival in Haryana is thus essentially a cultural festival. There are striking classical and folk dances as well as troupes who come from all over the country and give brilliant performances based on the theme of the epic Mahabharata.
Time for celebrating Mahabharata Festival in Haryana
The Mahabharata Festival in Haryana is held during the month of December.