Gita Press

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Gita Press
Founded 1923 (1923)
Founder Jay Dayal Goyandka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan
Country of origin India
Headquarters location Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
Distribution Worldwide
Publication types Hindu Religious Books and Kalyan Masik
Nonfiction topics Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma
No. of employees 350
Official website

The 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 Goyandka 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 2.5 lakh (in 2012). The Gita Press archives contain over 3,500 manuscripts including over 100 interpretations of the Gita.[3]

Seth Jaya Dayal Goyandka, Shri Hanuman Prasad Poddar and Shri Ghanshyam Das Jalan, Gita preachers set up the Gita Press on April 29, 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 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,[4] but work resumed a few days later.[5]



  • Kalyank (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.

Religious texts[edit]

It has a small Bhagavath Gita which costs Rs.4/- which is very popular

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

Other publications[edit]

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

Gita Press Art Gallery (Lila chitra mandir)[edit]

The Art Gallery has the lilas ( exploits ) 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 organizations[edit]

Gita Press outlet, Gita Bhavan, Muni Ki Reti

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).

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