Hindi Granth Karyalay

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Hindi Granth Karyalay
HGK logo.JPG
Status Active
Founded 1912 (1912)
Founder Nathuram Premi
Successor Manish Modi
Country of origin India
Headquarters location 9 Hirabaug, C. P. Tank, Mumbai - 400004
Distribution Worldwide
Key people Manish Modi, (Owner, Publisher and Author)
Nonfiction topics Jainology, Indology
Fiction genres Religion, Literature, Philosophy, Mythology
Official website http://www.hindibooks.8m.com

Hindi Granth Karyalay is an Indian publishing house and specialized book store dealing in books pertaining to Jainology and Indology in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Apabhramsha. It was established in Mumbai, India in 1912 by its founder Nathuram Premi. It publishes and distributes serials, monographs, and scholarly publications on Indian religions, philosophy, history, culture, arts, architecture, archaeology, language, literature, linguistics, musicology, mysticism, yoga, tantra, occult, medicine, astronomy, astrology and other related subjects, and to date have published over 100 works of noted Indian and International authors and scholars.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

Main article: Nathuram Premi
Nathuram Premi, founder of Hindi Granth Karyalay

On 24 September 1912, Pandit Nathuram Premi founded the publishing house Hindi Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay (now known as Hindi Granth Karyalay) at C.P. Tank, Mumbai. It was to become the foremost Hindi publishing house in India and is also the oldest bookstore of Mumbai. Born on 26 November 1881 in Deori, in the district of Sagar in Bundelkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Nāthūrām Premī was the eldest child of Tundelal Modi, a travelling merchant of modest means, belonging to the Paravāra community of Digambara Jains hailing from Bundelkhand. He arrived in Mumbai in 1901, and started working for the Digambara Jain Tīrthakṣetra Committee as a clerk. The owner of Hirabaug, Seth Manikchandra, impressed by his honesty, diligence and intellect asked the young Nāthūrām Premī to take up rooms at the Hirabaug Dharmashala at the heart of the Mumbai market and start his business from there. He accepted the offer and together with Pannalal Bakhliwal started the Jain Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay in 1906. From this humble beginnings, in 1912 he started the publishing house Hindi Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay.

Early History[edit]

The first publication of Hindi Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay was a Hindi translation of John Stuart Mill's Liberty, titled Svādhīnatā translated by Pandit Mahaviraprasad Dvivedi. They published almost the entire oeuvre of Sharat Chandra Chatterji, the great Bengali writer and some works of Rabindranath Tagore, such as Ānkh kī Kirkirī, and Naukā Dūbī. Premiji also published Hindi translations of the Gujarati writer KM Munshi, such as Gujarāt ke Nāth and Pātan kā Prabhutva. Other famous woks published include Munshi Premchand's classic novel, Godān and short story collections titled Nava Nidhi and Sapta Saroj. He also published works of then new writers such as Hajariprasad Dvivedi, Jainendrakumar, Yashpal, Acharya Chatursen, and Pandit Sudarshan. He also published the Bengali plays of Dvijendra Lal Rai for the first time in Hindi.

In memory of Seth Manikchandra, Premiji established the Manikacandra Jain Granthamālā wherein he published Jain scriptures, for the first time systematically edited by philologists. The Manikacandra Jain Granthamālā published over 48 Digambara Jain texts, mostly written in Prakrit, Apabhramśa or Sanskrit. He ran the Manikacandra Jain Granthamālā on an honorary basis between 1915 and the 1950s selling all the books at cost price. When his health began to fail, it was decided to hand over the series to Bhāratīya Jñānapītha in Varanasi.

Current management[edit]

Book shop Hindi Granth Karyalay at Hirabaug, C.P. Tank, Mumbai

Under Premiji’s tutelage, Hindi Granth Ratnākar Kāryālay became India's No. 1 publishers of Hindi literature. In recognition of his contributions to Indian literature, the acclaimed Hindi novelist Vishnu Prabhakar called Premiji the "Bhīsma Pitāmaha" of Hindi publishing. Premiji had suffered from asthma for a long time and died owing to old age on 30 January 1960. He left behind his daughter-in-law and two grandsons. His elder grandson, Yashodhar Modi, continued his legacy till his death in 2013, along with his son, Manish Modi. Now Hindi Granth Karyalay is being managed by Premiji's great grandson Manish Modi. In Premiji's memory, his grandson Yashodhar Modi has started the Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series. This series has published select volumes focusing on subjects as varied as Jainism, philosophy and yoga and published original texts by ancient and medieval Jain ascetics such as Kundakunda, Samantabhadra, Pūjyapāda, Joindu, Prabhācandra, Vādirāja, Bhāvadeva and many others, usually accompanied by translation in either Hindi or English. Also, highly respected modern scholars such as Premiji himself, Prof. Ludwig Alsdorf, Prof. Maurice Bloomfield, Prof. Willem Bollée and Dr. Jaykumar Jalaj have been and are being published in the Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series.

Bookstore[edit]

Hindi Granth Karyalay's bookstore is located at 9 Hirabaug, C. P. Tank, Mumbai 400004. Besides housing its own published titles, Hindi Granth Karyalay also stocks, sells and distribute Indological literature of thousands of different titles.

Publications by Hindi Granth Karyalay[edit]

"Jain Studies  : Their Present State and Future Tasks" |By Prof Dr Ludwig Alsdorf | English tr. by Bal Patil | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 1|Published in 2006 | ISBN 978-81-88769-13-1 | In Reprint

"The Story of Paesi" |Based on the Rayapasenia Kaha |Prakrit text in Roman and Devanagari |English tr. by Prof Dr Willem Bollée |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 2 |Published in 2005 |ISBN 978-81-88769-03-2 |Rs. 795

"Ratnakaranda Shravakacara" |Sanskrit text by Acarya Samantabhadra |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 3 |Published in 2006, 2006, 2012 |ISBN 978-81-88769-78-0 |Rs. 50

"Vyavahara Bhashya Pithika" |Prakrit text in Roman |English tr. by Prof Dr Willem Bollée |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 4 |Published in 2006, 2012 |ISBN 978-81-88769-70-4 |Rs. 500

"Samadhitantra" |Sanskrit text by Acarya Pujyapada |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 5 |Published in 2006, 2006, 2008 |ISBN 978-81-88769-06-3 |In Reprint

"Atthapahuda" |Prakrit text by Acarya Kundakunda |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 6 |Published in 2006, 2008, 2013 |ISBN 978-81-88769-15-5 |Rs. 125

"Tattvarthasutra" |Sanskrit text by Acarya Prabhacandra |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 7 |Published in 2008 |ISBN 978-81-88769-16-2 |In Reprint

"Yogamrit  : Yog Sahaj Jivan Vigyan" |By Mahavir Sainik |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 8 |Published in 2006 |ISBN 978-81-88769-17-9 |Out of print

"Paramatmaprakasha" |Apabhramsa text by Acarya Joindu |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 9 |Published in 2007 |ISBN 978-81-88769-09-4 |In Reprint

"Yogasara" |Apabhramsa text by Acarya Joindu |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 10 | Published in 2007, 2009 |ISBN 978-81-88769-12-4 |Rs. 30

"Dhyanastava" |Sanskrit text by Acarya Bhaskaranandi |Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj |Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 11 |Published in 2007 |ISBN 978-81-88769-20-9 |In Reprint

"Dhyanashataka" | Prakrit text by Jinabhadragani Kshamashramana | Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Published in 2007, 2009 | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 12 | ISBN 978-81-88769-21-6 | In Reprint

"Barasa Anuvekkha" | Prakrit text by Acarya Kundakunda | Sanskrit tr. & Hindi gloss by Pt. Nathuram Premi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 13 | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-22-3 | Rs. 50

"Ishtopadesha" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Pujyapada | Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 14 | Published in 2007, 2009, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-23-0 | Rs. 30

"Life and Stories of the Jain Saviour Parshvanatha" | An English tr. of Acarya Bhavadeva's Parsvacaritram | by Prof Dr Maurice Bloomfield | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 15 | Published in 2008 | ISBN 978-81-88769-24-7 | Rs. 700

"Tattvasara" | Prakrit text by Acarya Devasena | Sanskrit gloss by Muni Ratnabhanuvijaya | English tr. by Manish Modi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 16 | Published in 2012| ISBN 978-81-88769-25-4 | Rs. 30

"The Apabhramsha of Svayambhudeva’s Paumacariu" | By Dr Eva de Clercq | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 17 | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-28-5 | Rs. 180

"Jainism and the Definition of Religion" | By Dr Piotr Balcerowicz | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 18 | Published in 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-29-2 | Rs. 50

"Dravyasamgraha: Compendium of Substances" | Prakrit text by Acarya Nemicandra | English tr. by Prof Dr Nalini Balbir | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 19 | Published in 2010, 2012 | ISBN 978-81-88769-30-8 | Rs. 50

"Tattvarthasutra" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Prabhacandra | Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj, English tr. by Anish Shah | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 20 | ISBN 978-81-88769-31-5 | Published in 2012 | Rs. 30

"Rayanasara" | Prakrit text by Acarya Kundakunda | Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 21 | Published in 2011 | ISBN 978-81-88769-32-2 | Rs. 50

"Jainism  : An Eternal Pilgrimage" | By Bal Patil | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 23 | Published in 2008, 2011 | ISBN 978-81-88769-54-4 | Rs. 300

"Dravyasamgraha" | Prakrit text by Acarya Nemicandra | Hindi tr. by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 24 | Published in 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-37-7 | Rs. 30

"Parshvanathacaritram" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Vadiraja | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 25 | ISBN 978-81-88769-27-8 | In press

"Parshvacaritram : The Life of Parshva" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Gunabhadra | English tr. by Prof Dr Willem Bollée | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 26 | Published in 2008 | ISBN 978-81-88769-35-3 | Rs. 60

"Jain Sahitya aur Itihas" | By Pt. Nathuram Premi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 27 | Published in 1942, 1956, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-02-5 | In Reprint

"Tales of Atonement : Stories from Malayagiri's Commentary on the Vyavahara Bhashya" | English tr. by Prof Dr Willem Bollée | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 28 | Published in 2008 | ISBN 978-81-88769-38-4 | Rs. 300

"A Handbook on the Three Jewels of Jainism THE YOGASASTRA OF HEMACANDRA  : A 12th Century Jain Treatise on Yoga" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Hemacandra | English tr. by Prof Dr Olle Qvarnström | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 29 | Published in 2012, 2012, 2012, 2012, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-94-0 | Rs. 700

"Samayasara" | Prakrit text by Acarya Kundakunda | Hindi translation by Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 30 | Published in 2012, 2012 | ISBN 978-81-88769-80-3 | Rs. 80

"Dhyanabattisi : 32 Steps to Liberation" | Braj text by Banarasidasa | English tr. by Jerome Petit | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 31 | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-48-3 | In Reprint

"Tattvarthasutra  : Aspects of Reality in Jainism, through the Eyes of a Scientist" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Umasvati | English tr. and commentary by Dr Duli Chandra Jain | Preface by Prof Padmanabh S. Jaini | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 32 | Published in 2012, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-50-6 | Rs. 600

"Svarupa-Sambodhana : Right Instruction on the Nature of the Soul" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Akalanka | English tr., notes and introduction by Nagin J. Shah | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 33 | Published in 2011 | ISBN 978-81-88769-51-3 | Rs. 50

"Tattvajnana Dvatrimshika | Sanskrit text by Acarya Siddhasena Divakara | English tr. by Manish Modi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 34 | Published in 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-95-7 | Rs. 20

"Three Prakrit Grammars" | By Saartje Verbeke | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 35 | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-55-1 | Rs. 300

"Ishtopadesha  : Beneficial Teachings" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Pujyapada |English tr. by Manish Modi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 36 | Published in 2010, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-93-3 | Rs. 20

"Bhaktamara Stotra" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Manatunga | Hindi poetic tr. and gloss by Pt Nathuram Premi, English tr. by Manish Modi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 37 | ISBN 978-81-88769-92-6 | Rs. 75

"Mrityu Mahotsava : A Celebration of Death" | Sanskrit text by an Unknown Writer | Hindi tr. by Shreyans Sukhani, Gujarati tr. by Dr Shilpa Vasani, English tr. by Manish Modi | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 38 | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-58-2 | In Reprint

"Aradhanasara" | Prakrit text by Acarya Devasena | English tr. by Prof Dr Nalini Balbir | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 39 | ISBN 978-81-88769-62-9 | In Press

"Ratnakarandaka Shravakacara" | Sanskrit text by Acarya Samantabhadra | English tr. and commentary by Prof Dr Willem Bollée | Pandit Nathuram Premi Research Series Volume 41 | Published in 2012, 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-66-7 | Rs. 700


"International Journal of Jain Studies Volume 1 - 3" | Edited by Dr Peter Flügel | ISBN 978-81-88769-36-0 | In Reprint

"International Journal of Jain Studies Volume 4 - 6" | Edited by Dr Peter Flügel | Published in 2011 | ISBN 978-81-88769-67-4 | Rs. 800

"Christianity and Jainism : An Interfaith Dialogue" | By Prof Padmanabh S. Jaini | Published in 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-42-1 | Rs. 30

"Bhagavan Mahavir ka Buniyadi Chintan" | By Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Published in 2012 | ISBN 978-81-88769-84-1 | Rs. 30

"The Basic Thought of Bhagavan Mahavir" | By Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | English tr. by GF Burhanpurkar | Published in 2013 | ISBN 978-81-88769-77-3 | Rs. 25

"Bhagavan Mahaviranu Buniyadi Chintan" | By Dr Jaykumar Jalaj | Gujarati tr. by Prof. Bhagavati Prasad Upadhyay | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-53-7 | In Reprint

"Rebirth of the Karma Doctrine" | By Prof Dr Subhash Jain | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-44-5 | Rs. 125

"Unlimited Horizons" | By Hermann Kuhn | Published in 2010 | ISBN 978-81-88769-49-0 | Rs. 285


"Dilon ke Rishte" | By Prem Dhavan | Published in 2001 | ISBN 978-81-88769-00-1 | Rs. 100

"Religious Ethics : A Sourcebook" | By Prof Dr Arthur Dobrin | Published in 2004 | ISBN 978-81-88769-01-8 | In Reprint

"The Lost Art of Happiness" | By Prof Dr Arthur Dobrin | Published in 2007, 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-11-7 | Rs. 250

"Business Ethics : The Right Way to Riches" | By Prof Dr Arthur Dobrin | Published in 2006, 2008, 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-26-1 | In Reprint

"Spelling God with Two O's" | By Prof Dr Arthur Dobrin | Published in 2009 | ISBN 978-81-88769-39-1 | In Reprint

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