On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a special Commemorative coin of RS.125 to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who founded ISKCON. Union minister G Kishan Reddy along with several other members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness attended this event via video conferencing.
Swami Prabhupada had established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and saw it develop into a confederation of more than 100 temples, ashrams and cultural hubs globally. Among most of his contributions towards the society, the most significant are his books. He composed more than 70 volumes on the Krishna Tradition, which are exceptionally regarded by researchers for their power, profundity and constancy to the tradition. A few of his works are utilized as reading material in various school courses. His compositions have been converted into 76 dialects. His most noticeable works include: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, the 30-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, and the 17-volume Sri Caitanya-caritamrita.
“Today we are celebrating 125th birth commemoration of Srila Prabhupada. It is as if the joy of meditation/devotion and contentment has come together. Millions of followers of Srila Prabhupada Swami and Krishna devotees are experiencing this feeling today all over the world.” said PM Modi after releasing the coin.
Discussing the worldwide impact and presence of ISKCON PM Modi said he frequently gives the example of Swami Prabhupada while speaking for Aatmnirbhar Bharat (a program initiated by his administration to promote "made-in-India" items) as his lessons are an extraordinary illustration of the amount India can provide for the world for humanity, for knowledge, something like Yoga and which has spread from one side of the planet to the other. The entire world should profit from the sustainable way of lifestyle of India and science like Ayurveda, he added.
If you are looking to purchase these coins, then it needs to be booked. The Mint Offices of RBI issue such commemorative coins and special coins. These go under the Securities Printing and Currency Manufacturing Corporation of India Limited. Prior registration is necessary to get these coins. Only registered customers can apply. Registration can also be done on the RBI website.