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Title Kalyana Kalpataru
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Ghanshyamdas Jalan, Gita Press
Publisher Region Gorakhpur

Documents available for this title

Volume I

Volume V

Volume VI

Volume XI

Volume XIII

Volume XIV

Volume XV

Volume XVI

Commentary

Kalyan Kalpataru is an English-language magazine published by the Gita Press. It was first published in January 1934 with Cimmanlal Goswami as Editor. Goswami was assisted and guided by Hanuman Prasad Poddar, who remained a controlling authority in the magazine until his death. Krishnadas Bangali (a disciple of Satishcandra Bannerjee) and M.A. Shastri also helped to edit the magazine. The magazine was originally intended to follow up on the success of the Hindi-language magazine Kalyan and spread the message of Hinduism among the English-speaking public of India and also to interested readers abroad. In talking about its origins, the magazine’s website mentions the following: ‘After publishing “Kalyan” it was realised that an English monthly, too, was needed to be published, from January, 1934 the publication of the Kalpataru was started’. The website goes on to state that ‘English translation of Srimadbhagavat, Srimadbhagavadgita, Valmiki Ramayana, Ramcharitamanasa, Manusmriti and Adhyatma Ramayana was published in Annual numbers of Kalyana-Kalpataru’.

An interesting feature of the magazine was its steadfast refusal to print advertisements, which, it is mentioned was based on a suggestion by Mahatma Gandhi. This aspect is highlighted in several issues of the journal.

After the first few years of publication the magazine had a circulation of 5000 copies. From 1968 to 1988 the publication of Kalyan Kalpataru was discontinued. Kalyan Kalpataru retained its own separate identity from that of Kalyan, but like its sister-magazine it was also published monthly and had a themed ‘special issue’ per year.

Kalyan Kalpataru is still in existence and is currently edited by Keshoram Aggarwal. The magazine contains translations of writings by the three spiritual leaders of the Gita Press (Hanuman Prasad Poddar, Jaydayal Goyandka, Swami Ramsukhdas) alongside translations and original articles by other authors, often historical figures such as M.M. Malaviya or people from the Sanatana Dharma realm, but occasionally also non-Hindus.

The first 10 special issues published between 1934 and 1943 were as follows: ‘God Number’ (1934), ‘Gita Number’ (1935), ‘Vedanta Number’ (1936), ‘Sri Krishna Number’ (1937), ‘Divine Name Number’ (1938), ‘Dharma Tattva Number’ (1939), ‘Yoga Number’ (1940), ‘Bhakta Number’ (1941), ‘Sri Krishna Lila Number I’ (1942) and ‘Sri Krishna Lila Number II’ (1943).

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