Bharatiya Jnanpith

Bharatiya Jnanpith a literary and research organization, based in New Delhi, India, was founded on February 18, 1944 [1][2] by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family and his wife Rama Jain to undertake systematic research and publication of Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali and Apabhramsha texts and covering subjects like religion, philosophy, logic, ethics, grammar, astrology, poetics, etc.[1]

Bharatiya Jnanpith
Formation18 February 1944 (1944-02-18)
FounderSahu Shanti Prasad Jain
Headquarters18 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,New Delhi 110 003, India
  • New Delhi, India
Region served

Its research and publication programme started with the publication of the Dhavala texts. A Jain temple at Moodabidri in Karnataka, southern India, had stored for centuries its manuscript of palm-leaves. It was a 9th-century commentary in Prakrit and Sanskrit, of a 2nd-century AD work, Satkhandagama, in Prakrit on the Jain doctrine of karma.

It has published two series of texts:

  1. Moortidevi Granthmala
  2. Lokodaya Granthmala

It annually publishes hundreds of books in Hindi (both original and translated works) and other languages, and also presents India's highest literary awards, the Jnanpith Awards and the Moortidevi Award.


  1. Archived October 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Bhartiya Jnanpith Official website
  2. Encyclopaedia of Indian literature vol. 1, p. 298 1987, Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 81-260-1803-8
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