Gita Competition 2012 Winners

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On Sunday the 10th of February the winners of the Bhagavad Gita Competition 2012 were finally revealed. His Holiness Jayadvaita Maharaja handed out certificates and prizes to all the participants. For category A (students under the age of 25) the participants submitted an essay with the following title: “The Bhagavad-gita contains knowledge that can shed light on the real purpose of our existence in this material world.”

Explain the above statement in the light of the content of Bhagavad Gita As It Is. The winners of this category are

WINNER : Hemant RUGHOONAUTH of the DAV College in Goodlands
1st RUNNER UP: Kaushik GOPAL
2nd RUNNER UP: Asmita KEERPAH

Participants of category B (ISKCON devotees under the age of 25)submitted essays on the title: "What does the Bhagavad Gita mean to me?" The winners of this category are:

WINNER : Sandeep DOSIEAH of the University of Mauritius
1st RUNNER UP :Vaisnavi BARRUT
2nd RUNNER UP :Tenusha JUNDOOSING

Both winners of the above two categories won a return ticket to Delhi and a one week tour of the sacred land of Vrindavan.

In 2012 a new category of competition was introduced - Recitation of Bhagavad Gita verses for children between 7 and 11 years old. The children were required to recite the Sanskrit and English of 15 chosen verses. The winners of this category are:

WINNER: BABBEA Madhav Samba
1st RUNNER UP: HAULKORY Shyama Gauri
2nd RUNNER UP: JOYEMUNGAL Madhav

The goal of this annual national competition is to encourage the youth to study Bhagavad Gita As It Is with commentaries by the Founder Acarya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 2.40:
nehābhikrama-nāśo 'sti
pratyavāyo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya
trāyate mahato bhaya

"In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear".

So in such a competition all participants are winners.

I wish to thank Vidura Prabhu, the competition organisor and the jury: Pancha Tattva Prabhu, Kaunteya Prabhu and Premanjali Mataji

I also heartily thank the following generous sponsors:

For the sponsorhip of half an air ticket: The Suraj family of Suraj Puja Samaans Bonne Terre and Rose Belle
For the sponsorhip of half an air ticket: Honourable Minister Suren Dayal

For sponsorship of one air ticket: Midas Car Rental and Mr Anil Dhookeet (Le Sommet), Mr Sudamo Lal (MRA), Mr. Ramchurn (Pharmacie Helvetia), and Choka Marketing

For the shields and certificates:
Mr. Tulsi (Solferino)
Mr. Ajodha Luchooman (Le Flamant)
Mr. Govind Ramful

For the prizes:
Mr. Dharam Hardas
Mr. Satyam Alleck (Cositex)
Mr. and Mrs. Dabysingh (Veema Collections)
Varada Krishna Prabhu and Satyabhama Mataji provided sponsored Bhagavad Gitas for all participants.

Photos of the event may be viewed here here.
An article, covering the event, that appeared in the Le Matinal newspaper may be viewed here.

Yours in the service of Lord Krishna,
Giridhari Das