A three-day International Gita Mahotsav was celebrated in Canada’s Parliament in the capital Ottawa in a grand manner. The Mahotsav took off on September 16. It was celebrated at the Living Art Center of Mississauga on September 17 and it ended on September 18 at Yonge-Dundas Square in the downtown Toronto community with a Shobha Yatra parade.
During the program, a video message from the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar & Yogi Guru Baba Ramdev was also played. In his video message, the Chief Minister said, “With the inspiration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are celebrating Gita Mahotsav at the International level since 2016.”
कनाडा के संसद भवन में अंतरराष्ट्रीय गीता महोत्सव के तहत कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया गया।
साथ ही संसद के मुख्य पुस्तकालय में श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता को सुशोभित किया गया।
— CMO Haryana (@cmohry) September 17, 2022
Meanwhile, speaking at the event, Member of Parliament Nepean, House of Commons of Canada, Chandra Arya emphasized his private member’s bill to celebrate November as Hindu Heritage Month. Chandra Arya said, “Government should recognize the contributions that Hindu Canadians have made to the socio-economic development of Canada and their services to Canadian society.”
Bhagavad Gita is solution for anxiety, depression: Swami Advaitananda Giri
Later, the Chairman of the International Meditation Foundation Swami Advaitananda Giri highlighted that 32.3% of the overall population in Canada is affected by anxiety or depression disorders. “Bhagavad Gita in life is the solution to overcome sadness or depression. People of other faith follow their own path and that is the solution for them,” Swami Advaitananda Giri added.
On the other hand, a message from Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau welcoming everyone to Parliament Hill in the Gita Mahotsav was also read out during the program.
The Prime Minister said. “Such events not only bring Canadians together but also greatly encourage them to celebrate their diversity. He said that the message of peace, harmony, and brotherhood taught in the Bhagavad Gita is universal.”
In the Gita Mahotsav, Consulate General of India Apoorva Srivastava, Mayor of Brampton Patric Brown, Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie, MPP of Streetsville Nina Tangri, and MPP of Malton Deepak Anand also stated their views.
Images: Bharat Sevashram Sangha Canada