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The Term Gita and Its Various Texts

The term "Gita" is most commonly associated with the "Bhagavad Gita," a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the Indian epic Mahabharata. However, "Gita" simply means "song" or "divine song," and there are many other texts in the Hindu tradition and other Indian religious traditions that use this term. Some notable ones include..

Bhagavad Gita - The most famous Gita, a conversation between Prince Arjuna and the god Krishna, who serves as his charioteer.

Ashtavakra Gita - A dialogue between the sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka on the nature of self and reality.

Avadhuta Gita - Attributed to Dattatreya, it is a conversation about the self and the universe.

Ganesha Gita - Part of the Ganesha Purana, where Ganesha imparts spiritual teachings to King Varenya.

Guru Gita - A part of the Skanda Purana, it is a conversation between Shiva and Parvati about the importance of the Guru.

Uddhava Gita - Also known as Hamsa Gita or the Final Teachings of Krishna, it is a conversation between Krishna and his devotee Uddhava, found in the Bhagavata Purana.

Rama Gita - Part of the Ramayana, it is a dialogue between Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana.

There are also several other lesser-known Gitas found within various Puranas and other ancient texts. The exact number can be challenging to pinpoint because new texts and interpretations continue to emerge, and the classification of what constitutes a "Gita" can vary.

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