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MADURAI, November 10, 2014
Gita reciting contest a big hit among students...
Hundreds of children gathered at Setupati Higher Secondary School here on Sunday to participate in the final rounds of Gita chanting competition organised by Chinmaya Mission.
R. Gopalasamy, secretary, Chinmaya Mission-Madurai, said over 12,500 students took part in the school-level training and competitions held earlier.
“Preliminary competitions were held at schools for students studying LKG to Class IX under different categories,” he said.
Uma Kannan, Correspondent, Thiagarajar College, inaugurated the competitions.
Swami Sivayogananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission-Madurai, said students were asked to recite the 14th chapter of Gita which spoke about human values. “This is the sixteenth year of the competition and the number of participants have increased from the 10,000 students who took part last year. Since it transcends all boundaries, learning Gita helps students prepare for daily challenges and instils motivation, values and skills,” he said.
“Students and teachers look forward to the competition every year, at a time when too much focus is given on academics,” he added.
Many participants said they had been taking part in the competition for the last few years.
“The students discipline themselves for a few months and learn verses. They are taught the meaning which is helpful in understanding the essence of the text,” said R. Revathy whose daughter participated in the competition.
T. Perumal, another parent who had come with his daughter, said preparing for the recitation contest helped in sharpening the memory of children.
Echoing his views, Swami Sivayogananda said the recitation also helped in improving Sanskrit pronunciation, which in turn helped assimilate other languages.