Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Gita Aradhana Mahotsav at ISKCON temple in New Delhi on Tuesday where he unveiled the astounding Bhagavad Gita, prepared by ISKCON devotees, to the world.
PM Narendra Modi turned a page of the Bhagavad Gita to mark its official opening.
The Astounding Bhagavad Gita
Measuring over 2.8 meters and more than 800 kg, the astounding Bhagavad Gita has the original verses of the Gita along with commentary.
ISKCON has stated that the ‘Astounding Bhagavad Gita’ is the largest principle sacred text ever to be printed.
The book has been printed in Milan, Italy on YUPO synthetic paper with an artistic touch of 18 exquisite paintings and an innovative elegant layout.
The YUPO synthetic paper has been used to make it untearable and waterproof, said the official release.
700 original Sanskrit verses along with the commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya) have been covered in the 670 pages of the Astounding Bhagavad Gita, for a total of one acre of printed matter.
Bhagavad Gita Is World’s ‘Dharohar’, Says PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi congratulated every ISKCON member for the Astounding Bhagavad Gita and said that the Bhagavad Gita shows the way to service and sacrifice.
He further stated that from the smallest to the biggest Gita, there have been numerous initiatives to spread its knowledge.
A German philosopher had acknowledged the values highlighted in Gita when India was still fighting for independence.
-PM Narendra Modi
Lokmanya Tilak spread the knowledge of Gita in Marathi and Gujarati while Mahatma Gandhi read the Gujarati version of it in jail.
The book helped Gandhi during fighting for the independence of India. Therefore, Gita and Satyagraha were inseparable part of Gandhi’s life.
Gita is not just dharam grantha, it’s jivan grantha too.
– PM Narendra Modi
PM Modi’s Metro Ride
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a ride on the Delhi Metro from the Khan Market station on the violet line to reach the venue.
He interacted with commuters who greeted him, touched his feet and took selfies with him.
They cheered as he referred to “saving the earth from enemies of humanity” while talking about the Gita, which compiles Lord Krishna’s advice to Arjuna from the epic Mahabharata.
ISKCON Over The Decades
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement, is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 temples and runs 100 vegetarian restaurants and a wide variety of community serving projects.
It was founded by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda in New York City in 1966.
ISKCON belongs to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradāya, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic or Hindu culture.
It is based on the Sanskrit texts Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavat Purana, or Srimad Bhagavatam philosophically.