September 1, 2021, New Delhi: The Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 125th Birth Anniversary of ISKCON’s Founder Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and released a Rs 125 Commemorative Coin in his honor via video conferencing.
Speaking in the presence of 600 ISKCON temples and devotees from more than 60 countries, the Prime Minister praised Srila Prabhupada’s tireless effort in sharing the teachings of Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita and the Indian culture with the world.
The Prime Minister recollected the life of Srila Prabhupada who after overcoming many challenges established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966 and opened 108 temples worldwide, which today go over 800 of such centers. In India, he established his head office in Mumbai and lay the foundation for the 300 centers across the country.
After releasing the Rs 125 Commemorative Coin minted by the Alipore Mint, the Prime Minister thanked ISKCON members for their tireless efforts in not just spreading the culture of India but also their social initiatives such as running the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program, especially during the Covid pandemic wherein the volunteers served over 25 crore meals across the country.