Gita Press will open outlets in 11 countries
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), June 8 (IANS): Gita Press, the largest publishing press for Hindu religious texts, plans to open its outlets in 11 countries, said international press officer Jai Kishan Sarda.
Jai Kishan Sarda and his wife Sumitra Sarda are both of Indian origin and have lived in Nepal for many generations. They have been running Gita Press Nepal book depository at Pashupatinath temple campus since 2016 and Jai Kishan Sarda thought of serving the society after being rescued during Nepal earthquake.
“We are planning to open Gita Press stores in other countries and we became very motivated after listening to President Kovind during the Gita Press centenary program in Gorakhpur last week. President Kovind said his secretariat will help to reach the books internationally. I have many contacts in several countries and we are coordinating with people of Indian and Nepalese origin in 11 countries to open outlets in their respective countries,” he said. declared.
He further added that he plans to open outlets in Australia, America, Dubai, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, UK, Ghana, Kenya, Thailand and Myanmar.
The Gita Press is located in Gorakhpur and was founded in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan to promote the principles of Sanatan Dharma.
Hanuman Prasad Poddar popularly known as “Bhai ji” was the founder and life editor of his famous magazine who also wrote articles under his pseudonym “Shiv Kalyan”.
It began publishing in 1927, with a circulation of 1,600 copies and its print order had reached 2.50,000 by 2012.
The Gita Press archive contains over 3,500 manuscripts, including over 100 interpretations of the Bhagwad Gita.
Since its inception, the Gita Press has published approximately 410 million copies of the Gita (in various editions) and 70.0 million copies of the Ram Charitamanas, at subsidized prices.