The Bhavan has come to be recognized as a symbol of the intellectual, literary, educational, ethical, cultural and spiritual life of India
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Founded on 7th November 1938, from small beginnings, the Bhavans has grown into an intellectual, cultural and educational movement.
Here is a brief chronology of events in Bhavans growth.
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The blessings of the Godly and Good always inspire Bhavans to reach new goals.
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Bhavan believes in Sarva Dharma Samabhava - Equal Respect To All Religion.
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In 1938, about a decade before the dawn of Indian Independence, Kulapati Dr. K.M. Munshi, a far-sighted visionary and practical idealist, along with three of his close associates, founded the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to preserve and propagate Sanskrit, the mother of languages..
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Landmarks in Bhavan's Growth
1938 Kulapati Munshiji lays the foundation of the Bhavan (November 7, 1938).
1939 The first activities of the Bhavan started in the premises of the Fellow school on June,1.
1939  Mungalal Goenka Sanshodhan Mandir and Mumbadevi Sanskrit Pathashala are started (September 1, 1939).
1940  Kulapati Munshiji lays the foundation stone of the Bhavan's first building at Andheri, Bombay (September 14, 1940).
1941 Dr. S. Radhakrishnan opens the Bhavan's first building at Andheri.
1943 The Endowment of the Singhi Jain series and Library.
1944 The Bharatiya Itihasa Vibhag is organised.
1945 The Gita Vidyalaya and the Bhavan's examinations in Sanskrit and Gita are inaugurated.
1946 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel opens the Bhavan's Megji Mathuradas College of Arts and Narrondass Manordass Institute of Science, Andheri, Bombay (July).
The Sanskrit Pathashala is reorganised and developed into the Mumbadevi Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya.
The Bhavan confers Hon. Membership on Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad inaugurates the Free India Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition organised in support of the Bhavan.
1947 Munshiji lays the foundation - stone of the Bhavan's Central Home on February 23 at Harvey Road.
The starting of the Munshi Saraswati Mandir incorporating the Library, Museum, Sangit Shikshapith and Kala Kendra.
1948 Shri B. G. Kher opens the Lady Students' Hostel at Andheri, Bombay.
1949 Shri C. Rajagopalachari, Governor-General of India, opens the Bhavan's Central Home at Chowpatty, Bombay. (August 8, 1949)
1950 Shri Jawaharlal Nehru visits the Bhavan.
The Bhavan's Delhi Kendra is started.
The Bhavan acquires the major interest in the Associated Advertisers and Printers Ltd., Bombay, as a first step towards starting an Institute of Printing.
1951 The Bhavan organises the All-India Sanskrit Conference at Prabhas Patan, Gujarat State which founded the Sanskrit Vishva Parishad, on the occasion of the installation of the Jyotirlinga at Somnath Temple.
1952 Dr. Rajendra Prasad lays the foundation-stone of the Bhavan's Delhi Kendra.
Kulapati Munshiji lays the foundation stone of the new buildings for the Bhavan's college at Andheri, Bombay.
1953 Shri G. S. Bajpai, Governor of Bombay, opens the new building of the Bhavan's college at Andheri, Bombay.
1954 The starting of Bhavan's Journal, a fortnightly in English, devoted to life, literature and culture.
1955  Shri Dinkarrao N. Desai inaugurates the Nartan Shikshapith.
Munshiji lays the foundation-stone of the new building of the Bhavan's Arts College at Chowpatty, Bombay.
The Bhavan's Kanpur Centre is started.
1956  The Bhavan organises Easy Sanskrit Examinations.
The starting of Bharati, a fortnightly in Hindi.
Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab, Governor of Bombay, lays the foundation-stone of temple of Lord Chandrasekhara in Bhavan's Campus, Andheri, Bombay.
1957 Kulapati Munshiji lays the foundation-stone of the Bhavan's Kanpur Centre.
Shri Sriprakasa, Governor of Bombay, inaugurates the Bi-Decennial Celebrations of the Bhavan. (February 10)
Shri Girdharilal Mehta opens the new building of the Bhavan's Arts College at Chowpatty, Bombay.
Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime-Minister of India, opens the Bhavan's Delhi centre. (May 16)
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India, presides over the Bhavan's Eleventh Convocation.

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