While addressing an event at International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Delhi to unveil a giant Bhagavad Gita, running into 670 pages and weighing 800 kg, at the temple, PM Narendra Modi quoted a German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, who acknowledged the values of the religious script calling it 'the most beneficial study in the whole wide world'.
He quoted Arthur Schopenhauer who said, "In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, it will be the solace of my death."
On the day when India conducted an air strike on JeM terrorist camps in Pakistan dubbed the 'astounding Bhagvad Gita' at the ISCKON event to which he traveled in a metro.
The 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.
"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 ISKCON said.
Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as the Gita, is a sacred text, revered by the Hindus, and is part of the epic Mahabharata, containing the teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield.
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