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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was founded on 7th November 1938, nearly a decade before India attained Independence, with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi and co-operation and support of several stalwarts of India’s freedom movement. Translated into English, the name means “The abode of Indian studies”.
The Bhavan has grown from small beginnings into an apolitical, intellectual, cultural and educational movement across India and globally. There are more than 119 Centres in India and seven overseas branches.
During the last 70 years of its existence, the Bhavan has blossomed into an ever-growing, voluntary, international movement, devoted to life, literature and culture
Bhavan’s founder Kulapati Dr K M Munshi looked upon Bhavan as an “Adventure in Faith”, a faith in India’s past, present and future. It is also a faith in India’s people who have a rich and unbroken cultural heritage.
True to its goal of revitalising Dharma or the Moral Law in its three-fold aspects of Truth, Love and Beauty – Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram – the Bhavan is ceaselessly striving to carry forward India’s ageless message of faith, self-discipline and dedication – Shraddha, Samyama and Samarpana.
Today, the Bhavan is one of the largest cultural organisations and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the world.
It has 119 centres in India and 7 centres overseas (UK, USA, Canada, Portugal, Mexico, South Africa and Australia).
To date, the Bhavan has published 1600 books on religious, philosophical, historical, literary and cultural concerns. It also publishes “Bhavan’s Journal” (English fortnightly), “Navneet” (Hindi monthly) and “Navneet Samarpan” (Gujarati monthly).
The Bhavan believes that there are elements in all cultures which transcend all barriers and knit people together. The Sanskrit saying “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:" is, therefore, the ideal of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
The Motto of the Bhavan is “Let noble thoughts come to us from every side.”
The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s multidimensional programme include:
- Studies and research in Indology, Sanskrit and Indian culture;
- Classical languages and ancient scriptures
- Colleges of Arts, Science, Commerce and Engineering affiliated with various universities
- Institutions for teaching modern management and research
- Schools from pre-primary to Std XII affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi and State Boards all over India to instil fundamental values of Indian culture and national integration among school children;
- Research in Ayurveda; Institutions for research in correlating ancient insights to modern discoveries in the fields of Science, Technology, Life and Health Science and Human Values;
- Institution for environmental and ecological management;
- Publication of books on ethical and spiritual values and research;
- Fine Arts such as Indian Classical Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre
- Promotion of Yoga and Karate
- Promotion of Astrology and Occult Sciences
- Computer Education
- Foreign Languages
- Free Primary Health Services; and
- Promotion of national integration and communal harmony, purity in public life and rural regeneration.
Thus, Bhavan’s programme cover “all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond…it fills a growing vacuum in modern life” as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed when he first visited the Bhavan in 1950.