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ISKCON to conduct Gita Quiz this month

Bangalore Dec. 4. The age-old epic, Bhagavad Gita, is going hi-tech.

Students can download relevant chapters of the Gita, ask questions and get answers within hours, as they prepare for the quiz organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

They can also see other students' frequently asked questions on the Internet and register for the quiz online. And, attend a hi-tech oral quiz as well.

All this is in preparation for ISKCON's Gita Quiz to be held later this month, considered the month of "Gita Jayanti'' commemorating Lord Krishna speaking out the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna thousands of years ago.

Students of classes eight to 10 can participate in the quiz. The students will first have to form teams of three and take a written quiz. Nearly 108 teams are then expected to appear for several rounds of the oral quiz and then the grand finale to be held on December 21.

The oral quiz will be conducted in the multi-vision auditorium in the ISKCON Temple, which uses special gaming software developed by a Singapore-based company.

This has been planned to be an exciting event with multi-media elements and computer-based games. "The objective is to simultaneously educate and entertain students on the concepts of the Gita,'' Adideva Dasa, quiz designer and quiz master, who is also a software engineer serving in the ISKCON, says.

"ISKCON believes in employing modern technology to present the ancient message of the Gita,'' Madhu Pandit Dasa, President of the ISKCON Temple here, says.

"Everything belongs to God and we must use everything, including advanced technology, in the service of God,'' he believes.

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