Ujjain: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the Astounding Bhagavad Gita on February 26 at the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple and Cultural Centre in New Delhi. This epic masterpiece which measures 2.8m x 2m (closed) and weighs 800 kg, is the largest Bhagavad Gita to ever be printed.
The PM would be welcomed by a group of multi-national students of the Bhaktivedanta Gurukul from Mayapur in West Bengal and will be joined by ISKCON devotees and dignitaries from India and abroad in the release ceremony of the book. According to ISKCON’s local media in-charge Pt Raghav Das, culture and deep philosophical knowledge is at the core of many things that attract the world towards India.
ISKCON is engaged in many spiritual and social activities in India and around the world. “We try to do our part in promoting Indian culture and knowledge which is aptly represented as the Bhagavad Gita. This particular edition is an emblem to represent these values of India and serve as beacon of peace and goodwill for the years to come,” he said.
He said the Astounding Bhagavad Gita comprises 670 pages which covers the original 700 Sanskrit verses along with the commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (ISKCON’s founder-Acharya), for a total of over one acre area of printed matter. With an artistic touch of eighteen exquisite paintings and an innovative elegant layout, the book has been printed in Milan, Italy on YUPO synthetic paper to make it tear proof and waterproof.
“While there are other bigger books, the Astounding Bhagavad Gita is the largest sacred text to ever be printed. A team of ISKCON devotees from various countries worked round the clock for months to produce this work as a mark of tribute to Srila Prabhupada and the tradition of Sanatana Dharma which has taught us compassion, service and a connection with the Supreme Lord,” he added.