P. Gururaja Bhat

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Paduru Gururaja Bhat
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Paduru Gururaja Bhat
Born 1924
Paduru, Udupi district, Karnataka
Died 1978
Nationality Indian
Occupation Historian, Academician, Professor, Author

Paduru Gururaja Bhat (1924–1978[1]) was a teacher, historian[2] and archaeologist[3] of Tulu Nadu and of Barkur, the ancient capital of the Tulu kingdom.[4]


Born in 1924 in the village of Paduru in Karnataka's Udupi district,[1] Bhat graduated from the University of Madras in 1952. He received a Master's degree in History from the Banaras Hindu University in 1956 and a PhD from the University of Mysore in 1968.[1] His thesis was entitled A Political and Cultural History of Tulu-nadu from the earliest times up to AD 1600.[3]

Bhat taught at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in Udupi,[1] and was the founder-principal of the The Milagres College, Kallianpur, from 1967 to 1976.[5]


  • Tulunadu
  • Antiquities of South Kanara (1969), Prabhakara Press.[6]
  • Tulunadina Nagamandala (1977), Kannada language.
  • Studies in Tuluva history and culture: From the pre-historic times upto [sic] the modern (1975).
  • Tulunadina Itihasadalli Sthanikaru - Devesthana Adaliteya Ithihasika Adhyayana (written in Kannada)/ Sthanikas in the History of Tulunadu - A Historical study on temple management, 1966

Another book, Temples of Dakshina Kannada, was started by P Gururaj Bhat, but was suspended for a long time after his death. The project was later completed by Prof. Muralidhara Upadhya and Dr. P N Narasimhamurthy.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "About Dr. Bhat". Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Trust. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  2. ^ The Hindu, 1 Sept 2009: "Tributes paid to Gururaja Bhat."
  3. ^ a b Pedarapu Chenna Reddy and Inguva Karthikeya Sarma, Mahāsenasiri: Riches of Indian Archaeological & Cultural Studies: A felicitation volume in honour of Dr. I. K. Sarma, Volume 1, Sharada Pub. Co., 2006, ISBN 81-88934-38-0, p. 235: "Archaeological research, however, in its true sense began some time in the sixth decade of the twentieth century when P. Gururaja Bhat started working for his doctoral thesis A Political and Cultural History of Tulu-nadu from the earliest times up to AD 1600."[1]
  4. ^ Interview with Dr. Jagadeesh Shetty. Archived 31 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The Milagres College, Kallianpur. Archived 25 February 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ P. Gururaja Bhatt, Antiquities of South Kanara, Prabhakara Press, 1969, 31 pages.[2]
  7. ^ Temples of Dakshina Kannada