ISKCON’s founder-acharya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami greatly emphasized the distribution of spiritual literature such as Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and several other Vedic scriptures. The Sankirtan Department at ISKCON Lucknow aims to distribute Vedic literature and books written or translated by Srila Prabhupada since 1978. Access to scriptures is necessary to follow instructions in the scriptures, engage in devotional service (bhakti) and thereby attain eternal peace and happiness.
A team of devotees at the Sankirtan Department distribute books through various channels:
1) Book stall inside the temple: About more than 10,000 pilgrims visit ISKCON Lucknow daily. They all get an opportunity to have a look at Srila Prabhupada’s books displayed at the Book stall in the temple. There one will find all of the books written or translated by Srila Prabhupada in nearly all major Indian languages.
2)Travelling Sankirtan Bus: This is a unique way of distributing books. This bus with 6/7 devotees travels in various parts of India. Devotees very enthusiastically approach the public & inspire then to take this valuable knowledge. There is very good response. Yes this does involve certain hardships which our devotees joyfully accept being very eager to provide these great books of knowledge to one & all.