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COMMEMORATIVE COIN CELEBRATING SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA JI RELEASED

COMMEMORATIVE COIN CELEBRATING SRILA BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA JI RELEASED

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On 1 September 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled a special coin for the ₹ 125 memorial, at the 125th anniversary of the birth of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Ji with a video conference.

About Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Ji:

  • He was born in an aristocratic Kayastha family in Kolkata (then called Calcutta).
  • He was educated at the Scottish Church College.
  • Before adopting the life of a novice renunciate (vanaprastha) in 1950, he was married with children and owned a small pharmaceutical business.
  • In 1959, he took sannyasa and started writing commentaries on Vaishnava scriptures.
  • In his later years, as a travelling Vaishnava monk, he became an influential communicator of Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya's theology to India and specifically to the West through his leadership of ISKCON.
  • In 1966, Swami Ji founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) known as the "Hare Krishna movement".
  • ISKCON has translated Shimrimad Bhagavad Geeta and other Vedic texts into 89 languages, playing a major role in distributing Vedic texts worldwide.
  • Swamiji also founded more than a hundred temples and authored a number of books, teaching the method of Bakti Yoga in the world.

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