Translations of BhG


For over two centuries numerous translations of the Gītā in English have appeared. It is difficult to prepare a full listing, the one below is based on Gerald James Larson’s article[1] (translations done till 1980):


1785 Charles Wilkins The Bhagavad-gītā, or Dialogue of Kṛṣṇa and Arjun in Eighteen Lectures with Notes, London.
1856 J.C. Thomson The Bhagavad-gītā, Hertford.
1875 K.T. Telang The Bhagavad-gītā, Bombay.
1882 John Davies The Bhagavad-gītā, London.
1885 Sir Edwin Arnold The Song Celestial, London.
1890 William Q. Judge The Bhagavad-gītā, New York.
1897 A. Mahadeva Sastry The Bhagavad-gītā with The Commentary of Śrī Śaṅkarācārya, Madras.
1905 L.D. Barnett Bhagavadgītā, The Lord’s Song, London.
1905 Annie Besant & Bhagavan Das Bhagavad-gītā, Madras
1913 Swami Paramananda Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Los Angeles.
1927 W. Douglas, P. Hill The Bhagavad-gītā, London.
1929 Arthur W. Ryder The Bhagavad-Gita, Chicago.
1931 E.J. Thomas The Song of the Lord, Bhagavadgītā, London.
1935 Shri Purohit Swami[2] The Geeta, The Gospel of the Lord Shri Krishna, Faber
1938 Sri Krishna Prem The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, English paraphrase and commentary, London.
1943 S.K. Belvalkar The Bhāgavad-gītā, Poona.
1944 Franklin Edgerton The Bhāgavad-gītā, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1944 Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood The Song of God: Bhagavad Gita, London.
1944 Swami Nikhilananda The Bhagavad Gita, New York.
1948 S. Radhakrishnan The Bhagavadgītā, London.
1953 J.A.B. van Buitenen Rāmānuja on the Bhagavadgītā, The Hague.
1954 Anilbaran Roy The Gita, with Text, Translation and Notes, Compiled from Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita, Pondicherry.
1958 R.N. Dandekar – partial translation Sources of Indian Tradition, pp. 284-300, New York.
1959 Shakuntala Rao Sastri The Bhagavadgita, Bombay.
1959 S.K. Belvakar Śrīmad-Bhagavadgītā, being a shortened version of the critical edition with a new English rendering, Varanasi.
1959 Bela Bose The Bhagavadgita or The Lord’s Song, Allahabad.
1962 Juan Mascaró The Bhagavad Gita, Harmondsworth.
1965 P.Lal The Bhagavad Gita, Calcutta.
1965 Swami Chidbhavananda The Bhagavad Gita, translated from Sanskrit and Tamil, Tirupparaitturai.
1967 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi On the Bhagavad-Gita, chapters 1-6, Harmondsworth.
1968 Eliot Deutsch The Bhagavad Gītā, Translated, with Introduction and Critical Essays, New York.
1968 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, New York.
1969 R.C. Zaehner The Bhagavad-gītā with a Commentary on the Original Sources, London.
1969 M.R. Sampatkumaran The Gītābhāshya of Rāmānuja, Madras.
1970 Ann Stanford The Bhagavad Gita: A New Verse Translation, New York.
1974 Dilip Kumar Roy The Bhagavad Gita: A Revelation, New Delhi.
1974 Geoffrey Parrinder The Bhagavad Gita: A Verse Translation, New York.
1974 S.S. Jhunjhunwala The Gita, with Text, Translation and Sri Aurobindo’s comments, Bombay.
1976 Antonio T. de Nicolas Avatāra: The Humanization of Philosophy through the Bhagavad Gītā, New York.
1979 Kees W. Bolle The Bhagavadgītā: A New Translation, Berkeley.
1979 Winthrop Sargeant The Bhagavad Gītā, New York.
1980 J.A.B. van Buitenen The Bhagavadgītā in the Mahābhārata: Text and Translation, Chicago.
1985 Eknath Easawaran The Bhagavad Gita, The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation.
1986 Barbara Stoler Miller The Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War , New York, Columbia University Press.
1988 Ramananda Prasad The Bhagavad-Gita, International Gita Society.
1988 Stephen Mitchell Bhagavad Gita, Three Rivers Press, New York.
1994 W.J.Johnson The Bhagavad-Gita, Oxford University Press.
2002 Stephen Mitchell The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation, Harmony Books.
2010 Jayaram V Shrimad Bhagavad Gita,
2008 Michael Beloved Bhagavad Gītā English.
2008 Laurie L. Patton The Bhagavad-Gita, Penguin Classics.
2010 Ranchor Prime Bhagavad Gita, Talks between the Soul and God, Fitzrovia Press.
2011 Jack Hawley The Bhagavad-Gita, A Walkthrough for Westerners, New World Library.
2011 Georg Feuerstein The Bhagavad-Gita, A New Translation, Shambala Publications.
2013 Richard Lawrence Bhagavad Gita, A distraught man’s conversation with God, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform



[1] Gerald James Larson, „The song celestial: Two centuries of the Bhagavad Gītā in English”. In JSTOR Philosophy East and West, vol.31, No. 4, 1981.

[2] Not found in the listing of Gerald James Larson.