About Bhavans

“Let noble thoughts come to us from every side”  

– Rigveda, 1-98-i


Assemble: Speak with one another;

Let your minds be of one accord,

As ancient Gods unanimously enjoy their due portions.

May your aim be common;

Your assembly common;

Common the mind and the thoughts of these united.

A common purpose do I lay before you;

Common be your aim and your hearts united;

Your mind be one so that all may happily live together

And workship with your common oblation.

– Rigveda X.191.2-4

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an internationally reputed institution dedicated to the promotion of education and culture, is a charitable public trust founded by Dr. K.M. Munshi a far sighted visionary and practical idealist, along with three of his close associates on November 7, 1938 on the auspicious Kartik Sud Purnima with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Bhavan believes that there are elements in all cultures which transcends all barriers and knits people together. It’s ideal is: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: “The world is One Family”. Its motto is Aa no bhadraah kratavo yantu vishwatah: “Let noble thoughts come to us from every side”.

The main purpose of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is to provide a modern bridge to span the past, the present and the future, built on strong foundation of the fundamental values of life. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is an internationally acclaimed organization dedicated to promote India’s rich culture and heritage and to spread moral, ethical, intellectual and spiritual values amongst the youth.

The Bhavan stands for the integration of Indian culture. In a world falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold the fundamental values for which our culture stands – RITA, SATYA, YAGNA and TAPAS.

Faith in god who in-forms the Cosmic order.

Truth which is accord between mind, word and deed;

Dedication which offers all movement of life as an offering to god;

Sublimation which purifies the body and mind and transmutes instincts ,passions and emotions into things of beauty.

This, regardless of forms and doctrines is Dharma, the three fold aspects of which are Satyam, Shivam and Sundaram – Truth, Love and Beauty.

We, the Bhavan’s family, whether it is the smaller one or the larger one, must make every effort in restoring an awareness of these values in personal and collective life.

Bhavan – a few facts in action

  • Bhavan established total helath care and health promotional facilities including yoga, pranayama and meditation.
  • Bhavan organized a Sarva Dharma Maitri Yatra.
  • To formulate innovative policies and to oversee the development of all our Vidyashrams and Vidyaayas the Bhavan established Shkishan Bharati.
  • The Bhavan has a publication division which publishes important books on religion, culture, literature, arts and education.

Bhavan has grown not merely as an institution but as a movement nurtured and sustained by number of institutions brought into play by regenerative influences of Bhavan’s dedicated workers and supporters, well wishers and mentors to impart ‘formative education’, to train and equip youth with best of life skills to meet the challenges of modern times.



Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan


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“The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has made the intellectuals of Bharata Varsha evince interest in the various aspects of our culture and progress. May we pray give fresh vigour to the Bhavan, a unique institution, in directing its attention more and more with greater and greater fulfillment to the dissemination of moral principles and devotion.”  H.H. Jagadguru, Shri. Chandrasekharendra Saraswati
“The Bhavan had set its lamp of auspicious. It has not left any avenue of programme unexploited to the maximum in serving our culture. The impossible has been made possible; the incredible has been made credible …. I will only pray for greater services by the Bhavan in the future years to come.”  Swami Chinmayanda, President, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya and Bhavan’s Hon. Member
“The Bhavan has made considerable progress in achieving its objective, namely, the reintegration of Indian Culture to suit modern conditions. I congratulate the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on this success and hope that it will continue to make strides  Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Former President of India and Bhavan’s founder Member
“The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has been doing excellent work all these years in getting our generation back to its roots. In the noise and intensity of modern life the youth are wandering bewildered. It is essential for them to get back to the roots and that is why I appreciate very much the work which the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is doing.”  Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Former President of India and Bhavan’s founder Member
“One can hardly find words of adequate expression in the whole library of English Literature to acknowledge the invaluable contribution to humanity that Kulapati K.M. Munshi has made by founding such a unique institution.  R. Venkataraman, Formar President of India
“The wide range of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s activities and the success they achieved can only be described as most remarkable.”

Bharat Ratna Dr. C.V.Raman, Noble Laureate

“The Bhavan has served Indian Culture with ability and preservance and has made truly remarkable progress in many aspects of Indian Culture. The Bhavan’s past record gives assurance that this progress will continue in the future also and the Bhavan will create fresh records in the service of India’s culture. A very fine institution which deserves every encouragement and support.”  Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Former Prime Minister of India and Bhavan’s founder Member
“The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was started at a time when Indians were gradually getting westernized and our thinking and approach were moving so that direction. India must not lose its soul. The Bhavan is spreading Indian Culture, philosophy and spirituality in India and abroad and helping India to make its humble contribution to the world for peace and for peace and for better international cultural relations.”  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 institute is already playing an important part in community relations in this country. I know how thrilled my dear friend Gandhiji would have been with all the Bhavan is doing to create greater understanding.”

Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma

“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 initative… I would echo the phrase you have used “The Majesty of the Moral Law.”

Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of United Kingdom (while inaugurating the Bhavan’s New Home at West Kensington London, on 19th July, 1978)

“My faith in India is well placed… Bhavan’s Gandhi Institute’s Project of making even poor and disadvantaged computer savvy was a model to the world and the privilege of being involved in it “spurs me on”.  Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, U.S.A.
“I was searching what is the significance of ‘everlasting beauty’? What is the everlasting in a human life? Particularly in the life of nation like ours? I get answer. Everlasting beauty is nothing but integration of multicultural and multi-philosophies with heritage. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is one such institution spreading the message and spreading that everlasting beauty. My greetings to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for their intellectual, cultural and educational missions leading to civilizational heritage”.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India