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These multi-dimensional programmes are carried out through 367 constituent institutions,
119 Kendras (branches)
in India and 5 centres abroad.
  • Institutions of Studies and Research in Indology and Indian Culture.
  • Institutions for the development of publications on Religious, Spiritual, Philosophical, Cultural Values, and Research:
    1. Books, Periodicals,
    2. Department of Indian History,
    3. Book University.
  • Colleges of Science, Arts, Commerce, Teacher Education, Engineering, Communication, Management and Research.
  • Technical Institutions.
  • Educational Institutions.
  • Performing Arts Institutions.
  • Institutions for the Promotion of Yoga and Karate.
  • Institution for Vaastu Shastra.
  • Institutions of Astrology and Other Occult Sciences.
  • Institution for Public Affairs and Administration.
  • Vocational Training Institutions.
  • Institutions for the Study of Foreign Languages.
  • Institutes of Computer Education and IT (Information Technology).
  • Institution for IT (Information Technology) and Management.
  • Institution for Reviving Ancient Cultural Values, Arts, Heritage and Vedic Knowledge.
  • Institute for Universal Religions.
  • Educational and Cultural Foundation.
  • Hospitals.
  • Sanatorium.
  • Institutions for Tribal Welfare and Development of Tribal Culture.
  • Hostels for Scheduled Tribes.
  • Institution for Self Employment in the Rural and Urban areas.
  • Libraries for Indology, Sanskrit and Manuscripts.
  • Libraries for Children's Reading and Recreation.
  • Art Gallery.
  • Centres for Cultural Activities.
  • Centre for Dyslexia.
  • National Open School.
  • Centre for Human Excellence.
  • Day Care Centre.
  • Centres for Women.
  • Special Education Centres.
  • Farm.
  • Botanical Garden.
  • Tailoring Institute.
  • Ayurvedic Dispensaries.
  • Personality Development Unit.
  • Coaching Centre for Chartered Accountancy.
  • Classes for Indian Institute of Technology Foundation, Complementary Learning System and Correspondence Course.
  • All India Essay Competitions.
  • All India Colloquium on Ethical and Spiritual Values.
  • All India University Teachers' and Students' Camp.
  • Discourses, Lectures, Seminars, Workshops.
GovernorExtract of the Speech by The Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu - Shri R.N.Ravi on the inaugural function of Bhavans Cultural Festival 2022 on 25th November 2022

Namaskaram to all of you!
Bhavan has been at the Forefront of preserving and promoting our culture - Bharatiya Culture - encouraging the young artists with limited resources and with the patronage of well-meaning people. Bhavan has been carrying out this Noble campaign for almost over eight decades. We all know that Bhavan has been at the Forefront. In fact I am not aware of any other Institution which has been doing what Bhavan has been doing so meticulously, so tirelessly....
....On this occasion, it is indeed important that we recollect a bit the background in which Bhavan was created.
We all know that Dr K. M. Munshi, with the blessings of Mahatma and others, created this legendary Institution for preservation and promotion of India's Culture and Heritage.
But what was the background?
At that point of time, what prompted them to take this initiative?
Often with the passage of time, when the context changes, we often tend to forget or the background fades into the background indeed.
I am reiterating that primarily because they are relevant even today.
When in 1930, when leaders of our national Freedom Movement realized the magnitude of what is being done to this country by the colonial Administration and rule, they adopted a resolution properly called Lahore declaration.
It was on 26th of January 1930, wherein Mahatma Gandhi read out that the British rule in India has ruined India politically, economically, culturally and spiritually.
We often talk about the political and economic exploitations. We got rid of it politically in the sense that, British left us and we tried to move forward on the path of Economic Development. But the fact that they had ruined our culture and spirituality that aspect is not much talked about it and is perhaps underappreciated.
We all know that when the British started occupying territory since the middle of 18th century, following the 1757 Battle of Plassey and the capture of Bengal, they were in dual drama.
What to do was how to run this Affairs of this country and when they realized that it would not be possible for them to replicate their colonizing experience of North America. It was not possible to do that in India. So they had to change the tactics and the objective of the British rule was transfer as much wealth as speedily as possible and to make the empire as enduring as possible. To make the Empire as enduring as possible they had to ruin what was the strength of this country.
And that was its cultural and spiritual Unity and it was with that they took on the education system. They took on our institutions that connected us together. ...
.... We know that our Unity lies in our Cultural Spirituality. Bhakti originated from this land of Tamilgam and taken by Maha Mahaprabhu Chaitanya to Bengal, taken by Mahapura Shankar Dev to ashram taken by Ramanand to the central India, taken by Sri Guru Nanak Devji to the western part of the country.
This connectivity- cultural and spiritual connectivity - that made this apparently diverse looking people as one family was the strength that the British tried their best to destroy that and that is where in that backdrop at the time when Independence of India was nowhere on the sign. Nobody could have conceived of in 1930-31 at the time that India was going to be independent anytime soon.
But then people like Dr K. M. Munshi, Mahatma they all felt that while the struggle against the British would be a long campaign, we must do something.
We must do something for the Preservation of our culture and spirituality and that led to the formation of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
We must not forget that it was for preserving the cultural spirituality of Bharat which united Bharat against the odds faced during the British time.
Today it is relevant it is no less relevant I must say because we have our problems, we have stresses here and there, when the country is moving forward is trying to reach its destiny attempts are being made at straining the fabric of our unit in National Unity and at this moment role of institution like Bhavan becomes all the more important.
Bhavan has been carrying out this responsibility with a great sense of Pride and commitment.
I wish they will continue doing so and in this everyone every well-meaning Bharatiya would continue to lend their support.
Thankyou very much.


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Kulapati Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshi founded the Bhavan on Monday, November 7, 1938. It was the beginning of an 'Adventure in Faith'. A faith in India's Past, Present and Future. The founding of Bhavan was based on the preservation and propagation of Bharatiya Sanskriti (Indian culture) and Sanskrit, the mother of languages, the Akshaya patra: the inexhaustible reservoir. This unpretentious endeavour was backed by Kulapati Munshi's amazing pragmatism.

Over the years from being a modest Indological research institution, the Bhavan has steadily grown into a comprehensive, co-operative, apolitical, national movement with an international outlook. It seeks to inculcate a value-based life. The promotion of ethical and spiritual values in everything that it does.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is the only comprehensive organisation of its kind in India and perhaps the only one in the world.
The Bhavan steadfastly adheres to the Vedic ideal:

"Let noble thoughts come to us from every side."

To Bhavan, Indian Culture is composite and comprehensive and includes the cultures of all religions and communities. It believes in the fusion and synthesis of the basic ideals and tenets of all faiths ... and an equal respect for all religions.

""Harmony of all faiths.
Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava."

What They Say

I need hardly say how much I admire the work which this great organisation is doing. I send all good wishes for the future.

-Mr. Harold Mac Millan
- Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Patron and Bhavan's Hon. Member

In a world that, to a large extent, seems to ignore spiritual values, we congratulate the Bhavan on its excellent work, and wish it Ad Multos Annos!

-H.E. Valerian Cardinal Gracias
- Former Archbishop of Mumbai

The wide range of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's activities and the success they have achieved can only be described as most remarkable.

-Bharat Ratna Dr. C.V. Raman
- Nobel Laureate

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was started at a time when Indians were gradually getting westernised and our thinking and approach were moving to that direction. India must not lose its soul. The Bhavan is spreading Indian Culture, philosophy and spirituality in India and abroad and. . . .

-Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri
- Former Prime Minister of India

As Patron-in-Chief of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, U.K. Centre, I was glad to be present when the British Prime Minister officially opened the new building of our Institute of Indian Culture in London on 19th July 1978. It was a most thrilling and memorable occasion and there is no doubt that the. . . .

-Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma
- Last British Viceroy and First Governor General of Independent India

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a unique institution. I am fully aware of the excellent services the Bhavan has rendered to the people of India and to the world within a short period. Any amount of praise will be inadequate for it. I pray that the Bhavan should keep. . . .

-Loknayak Shri Jayaprakash Narayan
- Bhavan's Hon. Member

Generations to come will be grateful to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for the yeoman services it has rendered forthe preservation and propagation of Indian Culture during the last 30 years. Its contribution is fostering ethical and spiritual values as the basis of national integration. . . .

-Dr. V. V. Giri
- Former President of India and Bhavan's Hon. Member

Through its activities, publications and the educational institutions it runs, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has been doing impressive work to enable our people to understand their heritage. My good wishes.

-Smt. Indira Gandhi
- Former Prime Minister of India

Years ago we were delighted and greatly honoured when you decided to establish here in London the first cultural centre outside India. Today you are taking a splendid further initiative... I would echo the phrase you have used The Majesty of the Moral Law.

-Mrs. Margaret Thatcher
- Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Over the last fifty years, the Indian Cultural scene has changed remarkably. The difference that was engendered by colonialism has yielded place to self-confidence. Access to knowledge and culture has also widened impressively. The challenge before us today is to ensure that preoccupation. . . .

-Shri Rajiv Gandhi
- Former Prime Minister of India

I assure all of you in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan of my prayers and those of poor for the success of the work you are undertaking to spread culture and religious consciousness. People everywhere are hungry for God. If we pray - we will believe, if we believe, we will love. If we love,. . . .

-Reverend Mother Theresa
- Beatified Saint and Bhavan's Hon. Member




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