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Since the Bhagavad Gita or the Gita is the most popular scriptures, accepted by almost all sections of the Hindus, the late jaydayal Goenka established the Gita Press in A.D. 1923. Its Govind Bhavan Karyalaya (Office) at Kolkata has been registered under the Registration of Societies Act of West Bengal, 1961. The institution is managed by a board of trustees.


The primary purpose of establishing the Gita Press was to propagate Hinduism by printing and and selling at a highly subsidised price, Hindu religious literature. This includes the Bhagavada Gita, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavat, the puranas, and other religious works like the Ramacarit-Manas, the Narada Bhaktisutras, Vedantic works like the Vivekacudamani, compendium of stotras or hymns, lives of saints and so on. These books have been mostly in Sanskrit and Hindi languages as also English. Recently, the same books are being brought out in other regional languages also.


Two monthly journals – Kalyan in Hindi and Kalyana Kalpataru in English – are also being published. These journals have become extremely popular. The main gate of the Gita Press of Gorakhpur is very impressive and has incorporated in itself the special architectural features from several parts of India.


The Lila Chitra Mandir houses hundreds of pictures depicting the incidents from the lives of Rama and Krishna. Shlokas from the Gita and the sayings of saints like Tulsidas, Kabir, Dadudayal, Sundardas, Rahim and others have been inscribed on the walls. Every year, during the Gita Jayanti celebrations, special exhibition of Gita literature (Including rare books in several languages) are organised.


There is a Gita Bhavan at Svargashram (Uttar Pradesh) on the bank of the river Ganga, run by Gita Press. It has more than 1000 rooms, to accommodate sadhakas (Spiritual aspirants) who throng to the place now and then.


The Gita Press is also running a Rishikul-Brahmacharya Ashrama at Churu in Rajasthan, to impart training on the Gurukula model, to willing students. The Govind Bhavan Karyalaya at Kolkata, the Head Quarters of the organization has facilities for the chanting of the Gita and religious discourses. An ayurvedic dispensary is also attached to the same.


FAQs


Q1. Why is Geeta Press famous?

 

Gita Press is the world's largest publisher of Vedic texts, having printed and sold millions of copies of Bhagavad Gita, Ramcharitmanas, Mahabharata, Puranas, etc. to date. It is a publishing firm more than 90 years old. It offers authentic translations of the Sanskrit verses of the scriptures in almost all Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil, English Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, etc. Gita Press has built a deep trust in the hearts of people from across the globe for their positive endeavors and enthusiasm to spread the transcendental knowledge of the Vedas all over the world.

 

Q2. Does Gita Press print Vedas?

 

The Vedic scriptures are a vast subject matter and contain many types of literature such as the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Vedanta Sutra, Itihaas, etc. Gita Press is well-known for printing and publishing translations of all the mentioned Sanskrit texts, except the Vedas. There are four main Vedas; Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda. These contain an enormous amount of knowledge that is not possible for any ordinary person to read and understand. It is not even recommended for a person to recite the verses of the Vedas who does not follow the Brahmanical principles. Thus, Gita Press does not print Vedas.

 

Q3. When was Gita Press founded?

 

Gita Press was founded and established in the year 1923 by Jay Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan. The purpose of these founders behind opening this publication was to spread the teachings and knowledge of the Vedic scriptures around the world and to educate Hindus of the glories of Sanatana Dharma. Gita Press has now crossed 100 years of its establishment and continues to earn the trust of millions of people across the world. It is known for its authentic translations of religious texts into many official Indian languages. All the books of Gita Press are sold at the bare minimum cost which is why people prefer buying them from this publication.