Sarasvati Bhavana Granthamala

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Sārasvati Bhavana Granthamala (Sarasvati Bhavana Texts) is a series of editions of Sanskrit scholarly texts. The publication of the series began from 1920, on behalf of Sarasvati Bhawan, the Library, Government Sanskrit College, Varanasi as The Princess of Wales Sārasvati Bhavana Texts.[1][2] This project of publication was accepted by the attempt of Sir Buller[clarification needed], who was the education director of the United Provinces, under British rule, in India.


Sārasvati Bhavan library is the richest of Sanskrit manuscripts in India. Dr. Ganganath Jha suggested and recommended the publication of rare manuscripts collected in this library.[3] These manuscripts were written on palm leaves, clothes, birch, wooden plates and old paper. It was necessary to unearth this treasure of knowledge of scholars.


These manuscripts were written on different subjects of Sanskrit, such as
1. Vedas
2. Nyāya
3. Mimāṃsā
4. Vyākarna
5. Literature
6. Drama
7. Astrology
8. Dharma Śāstra
9. Puranas


Sārasvati Bhavan Texts published since 1920 from Government Sanskrit College, Benares. In 1958 this college merged in Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. This University established a Research Institute for editing, publication of manuscript and comparative & critical researches.

The director of Research Institute was editor of all publications and research activities done in the University. After independence 'Princess of Wales' was removed from Sārasvati Bhavana Texts and its renamed to "Sārasvati Bhavana Granthamala". In this series more than 150 books are published.

Editors of Sārasvati Bhavana Granthamala[edit]

S.No. Name of Editor Period
1. Kshetresa Chandra Chattopadhyaya 1957–1965
2. Baldev Upadhyaya 1966–1968
3. Badarinath Shukla 1968–1970
4. Dr. B.P.T. Vagish Shastri 1970–1991

Gopinath Kaviraj principal of the college, 1923 to 1937, also remained editor of the series. He received the Padma Vibhushan in 1964. From 1991 this Granthamala was forwarded by the Vice-Chancellors of the University, under the supervision of director, Research Institute.


  1. ^ Pingree, David Edwin (1970). Census of the Exact Sciences in Sanskrit. American Philosophical Society. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-0-87169-081-4. 
  2. ^ Cardona, George (1976) Pāṇini: a survey of research. The Hague: Mouton & Co.
  3. ^ Acharya Baldeva Upadhyay, Kashi ki Panditya Parampara, Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan, Varanasi, 1983.


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