Ramananda Prasad

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Ramananda Prasad
Born 1938
Hargawan, Patna, British India
(Now in Nalanda, India)
Nationality Indian India
Education Mahadeva High School, Patna College, Patna Science College, Indian Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Illinois
Alma mater University of Illinois
Occupation Engineer
Employer U. S. Navy Corps of Engineers (ret.)
Religion Hindu
Spouse(s) Sadhana Prasad
Children Sanjay Prasad, Reeta Raina
Relatives Jay Raina and Raj Raina (grandsons)
International Gita Society

Ramananda Prasad (born 1938) is the founder of the International Gita Society.[1] He has translated the Bhagavad Gita into English in 1988 from the original Sanskrit texts.[2] The book is in its fourth edition.

Prasad was born in a small hamlet, Hargawan, near Bodh Gaya in Biharsharif District of the Indian state of Bihar to a farmer who had 3 acres (12,000 m2) of land and six children to support[citation needed]. Ramanand had his pre-school education in the village from the late Mazahirul Haque, a Muslim headmaster who taught him English and Mathematics. After finishing his high school education at Mahadeva High School, Khusrupur, he passed his high school from Patna College in 1953. He attended Patna Science College from 1953 to 1955 and is a 1959 graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, obtained his Master's Degree from the University of Toronto and earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Since then, he has been involved in research, teaching, engineering and consulting and worked for the U. S. Navy Corps of Engineers before retiring in 2000. He is a professor of Civil Engineering at San Jose State University and an adjunct professor of religion and psychology at the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Brannigan, Michael C. (2010). Striking a Balance: A Primer in Traditional Asian Values. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 37. ISBN 9780739138465. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Prasad, Ramananda, ed. (1996). Bhagavad Gita. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 9788120813908. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
    Haberman, David L. (2013). People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India. Oxford University Pres. p. 219. ISBN 9780199929177. Retrieved 22 August 2014.