Acharya Ramlochan Saran

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Acharya Ramlochan Saran
मनोहर पोथी.jpg
Cover of Saran's work Manohar Balapothi
Born (1889-02-11)11 February 1889
Sitamarhi Bihar, India
Died 14 May 1971(1971-05-14) (aged 82)
Darbhanga Bihar, India
Occupation Writer
Nationality Indian
Period 19th–20th century

Acharya Ramlochan Saran (born February 11, 1889 in Muzaffarpur, d. May 14, 1971) was a Hindi littérateur, grammarian and publisher. He founded Pustak Bhandar, a publishing enterprise, in Laheriasarai in 1915 and moved his publishing office to Patna in 1929. He also founded a number of magazines — Balak magazine (1926–1986), Himalaya (1946–1948) and Honhar (Hindi and Urdu) (1939).

Educational work[edit]

His Hindi primer Manohar Balapothi attempted to teach the Devanagari alphabet to beginners. He also published Some Eminent Behar Contemporaries by Sachchidananda Sinha,[1] books by Mahatma Gandhi, and other Gandhian literature in both Hindi and English. He published Tolstoy and Gandhi by Dr. Kalidas Nag in English[2] and produced a Maithili language version of the books of Tulsidas. Having edited and published Sidhant Bhasya, a four-volume commentary on Tulsidas's medieval retelling of the Ramayana, the Ramacharitamanasa, he was first to start printing Maithili books in Maithili script (Mithilakshar).

He died on 14 May 1971 in Darbhanga, Bihar.


  1. ^ Sachchidananda Sinha, Some Eminent Behar Contemporaries, 1944, 218 pages.
  2. ^ Kalidas Nag, Tolstoy and Gandhi ("In Gandhi's foot-steps" series), 1950, 135 pages