5160th Anniversary of  Bhagavad Gita (Gita Jayanti)

  ‘Mokshada Ekadashi’ –  Friday-Saturday 22-23 December 2023

Mokshada Ekadashi (Sanskrit: मोक्षदा एकादशी, romanizedMokṣadā Ekādaśī, lit.‘The eleventh day of moksha’) is a Hindu holy day, which falls on the 11th lunar day (ekadashi) of the fortnight of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Margashirsha (Agrahayana), corresponding to November–December.     It is an auspicious day dedicated to worship of  Lord Vishnu for liberation from sins, and to achieve Moksha (liberation) from the cycle of birth and death.

Most importantly,  this day coincides with  ‘Gita Jayanti’, i.e., the  day the Bhagavad Gita is said to be born.   This year 2023  marks the 5160th birth anniversary of the sacred Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita is the Divine Message that Lord Krishna (eighth Avatar of  Lord Vishnu)  gave to Arjuna on the battlefield at Jyotisar,  Kurukshetra, (now in  Haryana, India),  and which dates back 5,160 years.  The Bhagavad Gita (18 chapters and 700 slokas/stanzas) is Timeless Message, Enduring and an Universal Spiritual Guide, intended for all humanity around the Globe.

Astrological Significance

‘Moskhada Ekadashi’ is said to be a powerful day to honour your Ancestors,  encourage  and help them towards the  path of  Mukti (Liberation)  as well.   Please take a note, this day celebrates the virtue of generosity and is centred on worshipping Lord Vishnu


What Rituals may be performed?

  1. You may fast on Ekadashi day, make some donations and offer all the befits to your ancestors

  2. You may chant “Om Namo Narayana” x 108 times and/or chant “Vishnu Shasaranama” (1000 names of Lord Vishnu).  Dedicate the benefits derived from this to you ancestors

  3. More precisely, you may engage in meditation on this day; and thereafter extend your Love and blessing for their continued progress towards attaining Moksha.

  4. Donate to the needy. On this holy day, contributions of food, money, clothes, or necessities are favourable. Donate in the name of your ancestors your forefathers.

  5. It is said that one should read a few slokas and/or chapters from Bhagavad Gita and dedicate the benefits derived from that to your ancestors. In my personal opinion, read Chapter 12, that deals with the sublime Glory of Devotion and. dedicate that to your ancestors.

  6. You may present Bhagavad Gita to someone who may be interested. In my opinion, gift that beautiful scripture to a youngster who yet has to face the challenges of the Life. This book would give him/her  a manual to lean upon at the time of darkness.

‘Mokshada Ekadashi’  and  ‘Gita Jayanti’  Timings


Place: Jyotisar, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India

Mokshada Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 08:16 am, Friday, 22 December 2023

Mokshada Ekadashi Ends:  7:11 am, Saturday 23 December 2023


Place: Auckland, New Zealand  

Mokshada Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 3:46 pm (NZDT),  Friday, 22 December 2023

Mokshada Ekadashi Ends:  2:41 pm (NZDT),  Saturday 23 December 2023

Note: In my opinion, ‘Gita Jayanti‘ must be celebrated on during the ‘Mokshada Ekadashi‘ as per the time period given above  on Friday-Saturday 22-23 December 2023  in India  as well in New Zealand.  Personally I would choose Friday 22 December 2023



Ravinder Grover

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