Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal
Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, popularly known as Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal or just ‘Mandal’, is an Indian institute providing resources and training for historical researchers. It is located at Pune in Maharashtra state. The institute was founded in 1910 by the veteran Indian historian Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade and Sardar K. C. Mehendale.
The main objective behind setting up the Mandal was to provide ready resources to the historians and researchers, to save their time and to motivate them. Rajwade conceived this idea long back but could not fulfill it until Sardar Mehendale met him and on his own expressed his readiness to support him for anything that he wished to do for the betterment of history.
The Mandal was founded on 7 July 1910 by the veteran Indian historian Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade and Sardar Khanderao Chintaman Mehendale at Sardar Mehendale’s palace at Appa Balwant Chowk in Pune. To commence the activity Rajwade read an essay in the presence of the only listener Sardar Mehendale. Later on, the Mandal moved to its present building located in Sadashiv Peth area in the heart of the city. In March 1926 the short tempered Rajwade left Pune due to differences with the then Administrators of the Mandal and shifted to Dhule to form another institute which was named after him as ‘Rajwade Sanshodhan Mandir’. The Mandal at Pune, however, continued following on its mission to help researchers and contribute to the progress of historical study. It has since then been highly supported by the people and scholars by way of donations and bequests of books and papers. Rajwade’s disciples Datto Vaman Potdar , Ganesh Hari Khare and Vasudeo Sitaram Bendrey are believed to have played major role in prospering the Mandal and its activities.
Presently, the Mandal maintains more than 1,500,000 historical papers and 30,000 scripts mainly in Marathi, Modi, Persian, Portuguese and English languages. Moreover, it has also preserved over 4,000 coins, 1,000 paintings and a few sculptures and inscriptions in its well equipped museum. The Mandal’s library keeps a more than 27,000 books written mainly in Marathi and English which can be available to the researchers for free reading or for a nominal fee on ‘Take Home’ basis. These resources hold sizeable volumes on the history of Maratha Empire, Maratha culture and Marathi literature. They also contain a large collection of the material on British Rule as well as Mughal Rule over India. The Mandal issues a Quarterly Journal called ‘Trai-Masik’ wherein essays and articles on new discoveries are presented. It has also published books written and edited by veteran historians and reports of annual conferences and historians' meets. The Mandal periodically organises lectures, workshops, training, seminars and study tours for the young researchers and historians.
It was reported in 2004 that the Mandal was insufficiently funded to micro-film or digitise its collection. In 2009, as it entered its 100th year, it plans to create a permanent fund of Ten Million Rupees and use the interest from this fund to pay its expenses.
- 1910–1913 Ganesh Vyankatesh Joshi
- 1913–1926 Kashinath Narayan Sane
- 1926–1935 Chintaman Vinayak Vaidya
- 1935–1942 Narsinha Chintaman Kelkar
- 1942–1950 Malojirao Naik Nimbalkar
- 1950–1974 Datto Vaman Potdar
- 1974–1981 Ganesh Hari Khare
- 1981–1983 Hasmukh Dhirajlal Sankaliya
- 1984–1986 Ramchandra Shankar Walimbe
- 1988–1991 V.T.Shete
- Album of Paintings
- Annual Research Reports
- Bibliography and Index of Mandal’s Publications
- Miscellaneous Articles on Indian History
- Proceedings on Researches on Pune
- Proceedings of the Annual Conferences
- Quarterly Journals
- Vijayanagar Commemoration Volume
- Sadhan Chikitsa
- Records and sources
- Records of the Shivaji’s Period
- Persian Sources of Indian History; by G. H. Khare
- Miscellaneous Sources of Indian History
- Sources of Maratha History; by V. K. Rajwade
- Sources of the Medieval History of the Deccan
- ‘Quarterly Journal’, January 1991 published by Bharat Itihas Sabshodhak Mandal, Pune
- ‘Rajwade Lekhsangraha’ (Marathi) published by Sahitya Akademi