The BORI emblem is in every way the perfect symbol of the objectives and the scholastic tradition of the Institute. The simple handmade sketch with elegant ornamentation is an inspiration to Indological scholars all over the world !
The three ornamented letters ‘B-O-R’ are seen interlinked. They are the initials of th e words ‘Bhandarkar Oriental Research’ which form the very name of the Institute. The letter ‘O’ is oversized and encompasses a sketch of the sun rising from the Ocean which symbolizes the ‘East’ or the Orient. It conveys the mission of the Institute to enlighten the World about the knowledge generated in the East, especially, India. At the top, the word INSTITUTE is aligned internally to ‘O’ and the city name POONA appears below it.
The foundation year 1917 is mentioned below the sketch. An ornamented banner bearing the Devanāgarī letters ‘॥तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु॥’ unfolds right at the bottom. The popular Vedic chant ‘॥तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु॥’ is an age-old prayer, made in all serenity, by the community of teachers in unison with the students wishing – “May our learning-together be splendid!” It is significant of the vow that the Gurus of Indology had assumed while establishing the Institute.
The times, the research methodology, the technology, even the spelling of the city name…… they have all changed; but the emblem, an intrinsic identity of the Institute, a souvenir of the glorious tradition of nine decades, proudly stands for unaltered times to come…….