Gita Campions League – Winners Announced
Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest scriptures, was recently facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as “an extremist” literature across Russia. But In a country like India where reality game shows with large cash prizes keep millions hooked to their TV sets, volunteers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Mumbai came up with an idea of popularising the study of Bhagavad Gita. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Organized a Bhagavad Gita Contest entitled, Gita Champions League (GCL). This contest was a fun, inspiring and motivating way to help everyone to absorb themselves in the teachings of the Bhagavadd Gita, enrich and refocus their life in the right manner.
The Gita Champions League (GCL) was a written test primarily targeting students from Std V to X, was held on January 22, 2012 in Mumbai. The test was limited to the first six chapters of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is written by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of ISKCON. Organizers planned a large scale event where thousands shown up on open grounds and auditoriums across the city to compete an exam where the stakes were Rs1 lakh for the top scorer.
Last year, the GCL was organised in Pune and Ahmednagar, where a total of 5,000 students participated in the contest. Shubha Vilas Das, co-ordinator for the Mumbai GCL, said, “We were pleasantly surprised to find that not only were children eagerly studying Gita but entire families were getting involved.” As a result, this year, the contest has included a second category for participants above the age of 15.
In addition, to prevent undue stress among students, the test was in a multiple-choice question format, of which 70% of the questions were from the study material provided upon registration and the rest based on personal study. The question paper was answered in English, Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati.
“Children today identify with so many ‘external’ heroes but none of them can compare with Arjun who represents not just outer competence but also inner character which does not bend in any situation,” stated Shubha Vilas Das.
Nearly 5,000 had registered, since registrations began in July. Co-ordinator Shefali Doshi said, “People from western suburbs of Kandivli, Borivli, Nalasopara, Vasai and Ulhasnagar showed the most interest.”
But doesn’t the lure of money and fame go contrary to the principles that the Gita stands for? “This contest will simply attract more people to read a text, which has the potential to change lives. It can help children discriminate between right and wrong and think with a balanced mind,” said Das. He added, “For many years now, Bhagavad Gita has been sitting on the temple shelves of millions of homes as a book of worship. But the Gita is essentially a book of knowledge and the only way of worshipping it is by reading it.”
Finally Results of GCL were announced on Sunday 26th Feb 2012. Here is the list of All Winners
1st Prize Winners
|V||Krishnadas Sunkara||Khandva, Pune||50,000|
|VI||Hari Praveen Subramaniam||DAV Public School Nerul, Navi Mumbai||50,000|
|VII||Tushti Panchasara||Gopal’s Garden High School, Borivali||50,000|
|VIII||Nitesh Gowda||Swami Vivekananda High School||50,000|
|IX||Kasturi Tawade||IESVN Sule Guruji Vidhyalaya, Byculla||50,000|
|X||Pooja Gupta||B.L RUIA High School, Vile Parle||50,000|
|1st Prize||Sunil Jain||Juhu, Andheri||1,00,000|
|2nd Prize||Satish Iyer||Babulnath, Chowpatty||50,000|
And there were 108 Consolation Prizes
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