Focus: Facts for Prelims
Why in News?
Prime Minister, while attending the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the Gita Press in Gorakhpur, described the publishing house as “not less than any temple” adding the publisher is “guiding humanity” through its work.
- Gita Press was founded in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan, two Marwari businessmen.
- Its main objective is to promote and disseminate the principles of Sanatana Dharma, the Hindu religion, among the general public.
- The institution publishes religious texts such as Gita, Ramayana, Upanishads, Puranas, and discourses of eminent Saints.
- It aims to promote the art of living as propounded in the Gita for peace, happiness, and the upliftment of mankind.
- Gita Press does not solicit donations or accept advertisements in its publications.
- Any deficit is covered by the surplus from other departments of the society that provide services at a reasonable cost.
- Since its establishment, Gita Press claims to have published over 910 million copies of 1,800 different religious and spiritual books and materials in 15 languages.
- It has become a well-known name in the Hindi heartland, known for its affordable Hindu religious texts.
Adapting to the Digital Age:
- Gita Press is embracing the Internet revolution and aiming for major expansion by making religious books and magazines available online, including Gita, Ramayana, discourses of eminent Hindu saints, Upanishads, Puranas, and more.
- The Press intends to leverage technology to reach a wider audience, offering many publications for free online.