Gijubhai Badheka

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Girijashankar Bhagwanji Badheka
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Gijubhai Badheka
Born(1885-11-15)15 November 1885
Chittal, British India
Died23 June 1939(1939-06-23) (aged 53)
Known forEducation, Reforms, Children's Education, Dakshinamurti. Also known as Moochali Maa

Gijubhai Badheka (15 November 1885 – 23 June 1939) was an educator who helped to introduce Montessori education methods to India.[1] He is referred to as "Moochhali Maa" ("mother with whiskers"). Badheka was a high court lawyer,however, following the birth of his son in 1923, he developed an interest in childhood development and education. In 1920, Badheka founded the "Bal Mandir" pre-primary school.[2] Badheka published a number of works in the field of education including Divaswapna ("Daydreams").[2]


Badheka was born in Chittal in the Saurashtra region of western India. His given (first) name was "Girijashankar". Badheka grew up in Bhavnagar, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. In 1907, he moved to East Africa and later, Bombay for work. Badheka died on 23 June 1939 in Bhavnagar, India.[citation needed]

Contribution to education[edit]

In 1920, Badheka founded the Bal Mandir kindergarten. Later, Nanabhai Bhatt, Harbhai Trivedi and Badheka built the "Shree Dakshinamurti Gijubhai Vinay Mandir" school in Bhavnagar.[3]

Published works[edit]

Badheka published close to 200 works including storybooks.[2] His topics include children, education, travel and humour. However, his focus was books for children, parents and educators.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goli (30 May 2010). "Gijubhai Badheka: An inspiring teacher though Montessori". Archived from the original (Web page) on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Mamata Pandya. "Gijubhai on Education". Learning Network Initiative. The Learning Network. Archived from the original (Web page) on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Shree Dakshinamurti Vinay Mandir". Shree Dakshinamurti Gijubhai Mandir. 2011. Archived from the original (Web page) on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.

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