About 4 km from railway station in the old part of the city on Gita Press road, Gorakhpur, U.P., India
Hindu mythological literature
Throughout the year especially during Geeta Jayanti week
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Prestigious Gita Press is one of the biggest attractions and oldest treasure of Gorakhpur and is a must visit. It was established in 1923, by Brahmalina Shri Jayadayalji Goenka, a spiritually inclined person. The main objective of Gita Press is to promote & spread the principles of Sanatana Dharma among general public. It is famous throughout the country and abroad for the printing and publication of low cost books of Indian culture & civilization and scriptures pertaining to Indian Philosophy, so as to reach the masses at highly subsidized rates. It is one of the world’s largest publishers of Hindu religious texts. Its literature is widely read and is available at the press and on its many sales counters that are spread all over the country including all the important railway stations. Mobile vans are also selling the press publications to masses. Since its establishment the Gita Press has published & sold more than 370 million copies of various Hindu religious books. A new modern AC showroom has also come up in front of the main gate of the Gita Press. Handloom-textiles are also sold here on subsidized rates. The Governing Council (Trust Board) manages the institution. A huge Art Gallery Lalitchitra Mandir is also located inside the premises of Gita Press. It has 684 paintings, revealing the events of life of Lord Shi Ram & Shri Krishna. A set of 92 old Mewari style paintings depicting Krishna Leela are commendable The entire 700 verses of Bhagvat Gita are displayed on the marble plaques affixed to the walls of the gallary. During the Gita Jaynti week the Chitra Mandir is decorated magnificently. In the large hall of this gallery, rare collection of various volumes of Srimad Bhagawat Gita and other scriptures from the research library are exhibited on special occasions like Gita Jayanti day, the day on which Lord Krishna pronounced Gita. There is an enchanting statue of Lord Krishna on the chariot, preaching Arjun, located at the gate. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, inaugurated this gate on April 29th 1955. Satyamvad, Dharamamchar (speak truth and practice dharma), this is the inscription at the main gate of Gita press. Situated in the old city, Gita Press is meant not only for publication of religious books but it is also a mission conceived by late Jayadayalji Goenka. Gita Press had a humble beginning in a small rented room in Urdu Bazaar (Old market) with just three tendril machines and a few workers. Initially the press published its work mainly in Sanskrit, Hindi & English but now books are published in Telugu, Gujrati, Tamil Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada & Marathi. The famous monthly magzine Kalyan (being published since 1927), has an estimated subscription of 2.35 lakh per month. Its English version Kalyana-Kaptaru has also been published since 1934. Information about latest releases & essays are provided in the house magazine ‘Yug Kalyan”.Shri Hanuman Prasad Poddar is especially remembered as the life time editor of Kalyan monthly magazine. Gita press is part of the Govind Bhawan Karyalaya, Kolkata. Ayurved Sansthan, Rishikesh (producer of Ayurvedic medicines), Gita Press Sewa Dal (relief organization for natural calamities), Hast Nirmit Vastra Vibhag (producer of handloom cloths), Gita Bhawan Rishikesh, Rishikul-Brahmcharya Ashram (Vedic School, Churu, Rajasthan) are affiliated to this organization.