Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a giant Bhagavad Gita, running into 670 pages and weighing 800 kg, at the ISKCON temple in Delhi on Monday, officials said.
Dubbed the ''Astounding Bhagavad Gita'', and measuring 2.8 m by 2 m, it is billed as the "largest principle sacred text ever to be printed," according to ISCKON.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement, is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 temples and runs 100 vegetarian restaurants and a wide variety of community serving projects.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to unveil the ''Astounding Bhagavad Gita'' on February 26 at the ISKCON Temple and Cultural Centre in East of Kailash in New Delhi," ISKCON said in a statement.
The Prime Minister's Office said he will be attending the event on Tuesday.
"With an artistic touch of 18 exquisite paintings and an innovative elegant layout, the book has been printed in Milan, Italy, on YUPO synthetic paper so as to make it untearable and waterproof," the statement said.
Earlier on Sunday, PM Modi paid a visit to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj where amid much fanfare, he took a holy dip at the Triveni Sangam, following which he performed a Ganga aarti.
He took his dip after offering prayers on the banks of the sacred Ganges. Upon completing his holy dip, the Prime Minister proceeded to a pandal where he performed the Ganga aarti, with UP CM Yogi Adityanath also joining in.
After completing the spiritual and religious undertakings that millions throng to the Kumbh mela for from around the world, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the sanitation staff whose efforts have led to the Kumbh mela being hailed from virtually all quarters for its organisation.
(With inputs from PTI)