Gita Press is the world's largest publisher of Hindu religious texts.[1] It is located in Gorakhpur city of India's Uttar Pradesh state. It was founded in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan for promoting the principles of Sanatana Dharma. Hanuman Prasad Poddar better known as "Bhaiji" was the founding and the lifetime editor of its noted magazine who also wrote articles with his pen name "SHIV", Kalyan.[2] It started publishing in 1927, with a circulation of 1,600 copies and at present its print order had reached 250,000 (in 2012). The Gita Press archives contain over 3,500 manuscripts including over 100 interpretations of the Bhagwad Gita.[3]

Gita Press
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Founded29 April 1923 (99 years ago) (1923-04-29)
in Gorakhpur, India
FounderJay Dayal Goyanka, Ghanshyam Das Jalan
Country of originIndia
Headquarters locationGorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
DistributionWorldwide
Publication typesHindu Religious Books and Kalyan Masik
Nonfiction topicsSanatana Dharma or Hinduism
No. of employees350
Official website

Seth Jaya Dayal Goyanka, Shri Hanuman Prasad Poddar and Shri Ghanshyam Das Jalan, Gita preachers set up the Gita Press on 29 April 1923, as a unit of Gobind Bhawan Karyalaya registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (presently governed by the West Bengal Societies Act, 1960). Five months later it acquired its first printing machine for Rs 600. Since its establishment, the Gita Press has published approximately 410 million copies of the Gita (in different editions) and 70.0 million copies of the Ramcharitamanas, at subsidized prices.[3] Gita Press has completed its hundred years this year. President Ram Nath Kovind has started its centenary celebrations on 4th May 2022.

Gita Press Gate, with its pillars inspired from the cave temples of Ellora, the gopuram, by Meenakshi temple, Madurai

It temporarily shut down in December 2014 over wage issues, Gi[4] but work resumed a few days later.[5]

PublicationsEdit

MagazinesEdit

  • Kalyan (in Hindi) is a monthly magazine being published since 1927. It has articles devoted to various religious topics promoting uplifting thought and good deeds. Writings by Indian saints and scholars are regularly published in the magazine.
  • Kalyana-Kalpataru (in English) is also a monthly and has been published since 1934. Its contents are similar to Kalyan.

Neither of these magazines runs any advertisements.

 
Gita Press Gorakhpur outlet at Kanpur Railway Station

Religious textsEdit

These texts are published in Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya and other languages of India.

Other publicationsEdit

  • Bhakta-Gathas and Bhajans
  • Small books geared towards children

BranchesEdit

Gita Press has the branches and stalls in following locations. Most of the stalls are operated in railway platforms except Churu and Nadiyad. Churu has a stall near Rishikul Brahmacharyashram vedic school and Nadiyad has a stall near Santram Temple.

Branches State Address Stall Operations
Ayodhya Uttar Pradesh 24/2/10, Chowk Ayodhya Road, Sai Nagar, Chowk Ayodhya Road, Sai Nagar, Ayodhya – 224123 NIL
Bengaluru Karnataka 7/3, 2nd Cross, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore – 560027 Bangalore, Yashwantpur, SSPN, Hubli
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu Gita Press Mansion 8/1 M, Racecourse, Coimbatore – 641018 NIL
Bhilwara Rajasthan G-7, Aakar Tower, C Block, Opp. Harsh Palace, Gandhi Nagar, Bhilwara – 311001 NIL
Cuttack Odisha Bharatiya Towers, Badam Badi, Cuttack – 753009 Cuttack, Bhubanshwar
Delhi Delhi 2609, Nayi Sarak, Delhi – 110006 Delhi, Nijamuddin, New Delhi, Bikaner, Churu
Rishikesh Uttarakhand Gita Bhavan, P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh – 249304 NIL
Haridwar Uttarakhand Sabjimandi, Motibazar, Haridwar – 249401 Haridwar
Hyderabad Telangana 41, 4-4-1, Dilshad Plaza, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad – 500095 Secunderabad, Vijaywada
Indore Madhya Pradesh G-5, Shree Vardhan, 4 R.N.T. Marg, Indore – 452001 Indore
Jalgaon Maharashtra 7, Bhim Singh Market, Near Railway Station, Jalgaon – 425001 Aurangabad
Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 24/55, Birhana Road, Kanpur – 208001 Kanpur, Lucknow, Kota
Kolkata West Bengal 151, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata – 700007 Kolkata, Sealdah, Howrah, Dhanbad, Kharagpur
Mumbai Maharashtra 282, Samaldas Gandhi Marg (Princess Street), Near Marine Lines Station, Mumbai – 400002 NIL
Nagpur Maharashtra Shriji Kripa Complex, 851, New Etawari Road, Nagpur – 440002 Gondia
Patna Bihar Ashok Rajpath, Opposite Women's Hospital, Patna – 800004 Patna
Pune Maharashtra Shop No. 3, Ruchi Apartment, Near Sai Service Station, Pulachiwadi, JM Road, Pune – 411004 NIL
Raipur Chhattisgarh Mittal Complex, Ganjpara, Telghani Chowk, Raipur – 492009 Raipur
Ranchi Jharkhand Cart Sarai Road, Upper Bazar, First Floor Birla Gaddi, Ranchi – 834001 Ranchi
Surat Gujarat Vaibhav Apartment, Opposite Nutan Niwas, Bhatar Road, Surat – 395001 Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bharuch, Nadiyad
Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 59/9, Nichibag, Varanasi – 221001 Mughal Sarai
Chennai Tamil Nadu Electro House No. 23, Ramnathan Street, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600010 NIL
Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh Gita Press, P.O. Gita Press, Gorakhpur – 273005 Chapra, Siwan, Muzaffapur, Gorakhpur, Gondia, Jabalpur, Samastipur

Gita Press Art Gallery (Lila chitra mandir)Edit

 
Gita Press outlet, Gita Bhavan, Muni Ki Reti.

The Art Gallery has the lilas (works or plays) of Shri Rama and Shri Krishna portrayed in 684 paintings by famed artists of the past and present. Other paintings, including Mewari style paintings of the Shri Krishna Lila are also on exhibit. The entire 700 verses of the Bhagvad Gita are displayed on marble plaques affixed to the walls.

Affiliated organizationsEdit

The Gita Press is part of the Govind Bhawan Karyalaya, Kolkata.

Other affiliated institutions are:

  • Gita Bhavan, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh
  • Rishikul-Brahmacharya Ashram (Vedic school), Churu, Rajasthan.
  • Ayurved Sansthan (producer of Ayurvedic medicines), Rishikesh.
  • Gita Press Seva Dal (relief organization for natural calamities).
  • Hasta Nirmit Vastra Vibhag (producer of handloom made clothes).
  • Bhartiya Gramodyog Vastra Bhandar (first retailer of Gita Press in Mumbai).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica.
  2. ^ Hanuman Prasad Poddar Archived 2010-02-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Holy word India Today, 20 December 2007.
  4. ^ Historic Geeta Press shuts down indefinitely
  5. ^ "Work resumes at Gita Press". The Times of India. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Thulasidas Ramayana". The Hindu. 21 May 2002. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

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