Gita Campions League – Winners Announced

GCLBhagavad 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.

Bhagavad GitaLast 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

GROUP I

STD Name School Prize
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

 

 

 

GROUP II

       
1st Prize Sunil Jain Juhu, Andheri 1,00,000
2nd Prize Satish Iyer Babulnath, Chowpatty 50,000

 

And there were 108 Consolation Prizes

Download the List of All Winners

To View The Photos Of GCL Prize Distribution Click Here

2 Responses to Gita Campions League – Winners Announced

  1. Ganesh Gavali says:

    Very nice article.Thanks.

  2. Saurabh says:

    Very wonderful article.

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