Today is Gita Jayanti, the Shukla Ekadashi of Margashira month, when it is traditionally believed that Lord Krishna narrated the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna (and the rest of us). On this ocassion, I am uploading the transliteration of the Gita Mahaatmyam in Kannada, Devanagari and English scripts. These can also be downloaded from the mantras page under the “Srimad Bhagavadgita” section.
The Gita Mahaatmyam describes the greatness of the Bhagavadgita and is revealed by Lord Vishnu himself to Bhudevi. It is part of the Varaha Purana. Some salient points about the Gita mentioned in this stotra are as follows
- One who indulges in regularly chanting the Gita is freed from the bondage of Karma and all his sins are washed away
- The place where the Gita resides (as a book) and is regularly chanted is equal to a pilgrim place
- Lord Krishna himself resides in the place where Gita is chanted regularly
- Chanting the Gita daily results in salvation
- If one has a problem chanting all the 18 chapters daily, one should attempt chanting as much as possible (9 chapters, 6, 3 or 1 chapter – or at the least a few shlokas). Each of these attempts has proportional, but still immense, benefits!
- Even a big sinner can obtain Vaikunta if he develops interest in the Gita, understands it and chants it
- One has to chant the Gita Mahaatmyam after one finishes reading the entire Gita
|| Sri Krishnaarpanamastu ||