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Bhadra Purnima - Give the Gift of Srimad-Bhagavatam


Bhadra Purnima, the auspicious full moon day in the lunar month of Bhadra, is observed on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, in the Americas, Tuesday through Wednesday in Europe, and Wednesday, September 2, in India and Australasia. At the end of the sacred Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana), the sage Suta Goswami declares:

“If on the full moon day of the month of Bhādra one places Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination.”

He goes on to say: “Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is declared to be the essence of all Vedānta philosophy. One who has felt satisfaction from its nectarean mellow will never be attracted to any other literature. .. Just as the Gaṅgā is the greatest of all rivers, Lord Acyuta the supreme among deities and Lord Śambhu [Śiva] the greatest of Vaiṣṇavas, so Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the greatest of all Purāṇas. .. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa. It is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahaṁsas. This Bhāgavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated.” –Srimad-Bhagavatam, 12.13.13-18

Why Srimad-Bhagavatam?

The Srimad-Bhagavatam is an epic philosophical and literary classic, and holds a prominent position in India’s voluminous written wisdom. This ancient text touches upon all fields of human knowledge, and is a spiritual encyclopedia. It answers the following questions and more:

  • How do we navigate this world, which sometimes seems so foreign?
  • How do we fulfill our purpose and satisfy our innermost yearning?
  • How can we live joyful lives and discover the happiness and security we so much seek?
  • How do we deal with the emotions, experiences and events of day-to-day life?

The Srimad-Bhagavatam is known as the ‘Book Bhagavata,’ the Supreme Lord who has appeared in the form of scripture. The saints recommend that we form a deep bond with this sacred text and carry it as our constant companion. While everything else in life may change, this book remains a constant source of inspiration, strength and wisdom. It is enriched with spiritual insights to deal with every life situation we may face. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is indeed a life companion. As we browse through the pages, we’ll find a relevant story, an inspiring personality, a striking situation, a philosophical exchange or a powerful life lesson to illuminate our hearts.

The wisdom stories contained within the pages of Srimad-Bhagavatam bring life into perspective, reminding us of the greater journey we are on, and filling us with clarity, hope and inspiration. The words of the saints and sages give us the broadest vision of reality, and as we immerse ourselves in those teachings, we’re elevated to the most powerful vantage point in life.

What if I already have Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Give it as a gift to your friends, family members, and co-workers. There’s no better gift and there’s no better time to give it. The giver will go back to Godhead and the receiver will have the means to develop love for Krishna, the supreme goal of life.

How can I get Srimad Bhagavatam?

You can purchase it from your nearest ISKCON Center:, or from any of the following retailers:

North America: | BBT Los Angeles | ISKCON of Silicon Valley

Europe (in most European languages):

Bhaktivedanta Library Services

For Latin and South America, Africa, Australasia, India, and other regions:

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