Gijubhai Badheka

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Girijashankar Bhagwanji Badheka
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Gijubhai Badheka
Born 15 November 1885
Chittal, Saurashtra (region), India
Died 23 June 1939
Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
Known for Education, Reforms, Children's Education, Dakshinamurti. Also known as Moochali Maa

Gijubhai Badheka (November 15, 1885 - June 23, 1939) born Chittal, India, was an educationist who helped to introduce Montessori education methods to India.[1] He is referred to as "Moochhali Maa" ("mother with whiskers"). In the first instance, Badheka was a high court lawyer. 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 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 June 23, 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 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.


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

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