Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a special commemorative coin of ₹125 to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. On this occasion, PM Modi addressed through video conferencing.
He said that it was Sri Krishna Janmashtami yesterday and today we are celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada. It is as if the happiness and contentment of sadhana mix together. This feeling is being felt by millions of followers of Srila Prabhupada Swami and millions of millions of Krishna devotees all over the world today.
The PM said that today it is a happy coincidence that the 125th birthday of such a great patriot is happening at a time when the country is celebrating 75 years of its independence, the Amrit Mahotsav. Let us tell you that Swami Prabhupada ji founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which is commonly known as the “Hare Krishna Movement”.
PM Modi further said that whenever we go to any other country, and when people meet there by saying ‘Hare Krishna’, then we feel so much belongingness, how much pride is there. Imagine how we would feel when we get this same affinity for Make in India products.
He said that today there are hundreds of ISKCON temples in different countries of the world, how many Gurukuls are keeping Indian culture alive. ISKCON has told the world that for India, faith means zeal, enthusiasm, and gaiety and faith in humanity.