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Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal – A Great Institution Of Maharashtra & India History

Posted in Current Affairs, History, Pune by Amit Paranjape on July 7, 2010


Bharat Itihaas Sanshodhak Mandal


Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal (Devnagari: भारत इतिहास संशोधक मंडळ ), Pune is one of the great institutions of Maharashtra and Indian History. It was founded this day, 100 years ago by the great historian Rajwade.    

As the institute celebrates 100 years, it is important to note the historical information treasures that it maintains. These include historical documents (some dating back over 700 years), coins (some as old as 200 B.C.) , artifacts, maps, paintings, rare books and early Marathi newspapers. Some of the institution collection is open for public viewing, while the rest is made available to research scholars. The Mandal (institution) organizes special exhibitions from time to time, where a lot of the collection is on display. This collection has helped many history scholars and researchers over the past 100 years in their research. The Mandal also organizes many training workshops around old launguages/scripts (e.g. the old Modi ‘मोडी’ script).    

Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal is located in Sadashiv Peth Pune (next to Bharat Natya Mandir). It houses:    

Rajwade and Potdar Halls.    

Painting Gallery – Collection of over 1500 paintings (130 on display), including a good collection from the Peshwa Era.    

Khare Museum – Collection of various artifacts across different dynasties: Furniture, Weapons, Canon Balls, etc.    

Library & Archives – These contain a collection of over 800.000 documents in Sanskrit, Marathi, Kannada, Persian and other languages.    

The Mandal has multiple plans in place to expand and better preserve its great collection and is looking for support. For more information, you can contact the Mandal directly at their Pune Office: 1321 Sadashiv Peth, Pune 411 030. Phone: 020-2447 2581    


1. Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal Centenary Year Brochure    

2. Wikipedia    



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  1. kanchan said, on July 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

    thanks for sharing. Ashutosh being a history buff wants to visit the mandal on our next trip…do they show artifacts? are the really old artifacts – coins, papers, docs on display in the museum?? too bad not too many even from Pune know of its existance


  2. Kingshuk said, on July 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Excellent! Subtly disinterred from the bustle of Old Pune, looks like a spontaneous, random and what could have been an offhand Saturday afternoon venture. Any chances of procuring a catalogue of those coins u mentioned? I mean do they have a website?

  3. Sudarshan said, on January 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi, Kindly list the books published by Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal on this website.

    20 years back I have read, The Mughal Empire/The Mughal Sultant, I feel it was Mandals’ publication.

  4. Amit Paranjape said, on February 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Sudarshan – I do not have this information. Best might be to contact the Mandal office directly (contact details in the blog post above).


  5. pratik said, on February 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    wah! amhas mahit navhte punyat ase kahi mandal ahy.amhi naki pryatn karu ya mandalala bhet denyachi.dhanyavad.

  6. Prafulla Patange said, on August 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    A friend of mine Mr Yuvraj Kumbhar a resident of AP Charholi (Bk), tal – Haveli Dist Pune have some old docs at his home which are stored by his forefathers. The same are in ‘Modi’ manuscript. He want to translate it in to Marathi.
    Thanks & Regards.

  7. Amit Paranjape said, on August 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    You can contact Bharat Itihaas Sanshodhak Mandal regarding help in translation of Modi documents.

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