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  • 6, July. 1915 - Meeting of persons interested in Orientology in Anadashrama, Pune, at which it was decided to found the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in honour of Prof. Dr. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar's outstanding work in the field of Orientology.
  • 1916 - First Patron.
  • 6, July. 1917 - Prof. Dr. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar's eighty-first birthday. Foundation of the BORI. Presentation of Commemoration Volume to Prof. Dr. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. President: Lord Willingdon, H. E. Governor of Bombay.
  • September. 1917 - Bhandarkar presented his valuable library to the Institute.
  • 1, APril. 1918 - The Manuscript Collection of the Government of Bombay transferred to the Institute. The Institute also decided to build up its own collection of manuscripts. The Bombay Sanskrit and Prakrit Series transferred to the Institute for management.
  • 1918, August 11 -Constitution of the Institute adopted at the meeting of the General Body. Election of the first Regulating Council.
  • 1918, September 10 - First Meeting of the Regulating Council. Election of the first Executive Board..
  • 1918, September 13 - Prof. N. B. Utgikar appointed to act as Curator..
  • 1, April. 1919 - Inauguration of the work of the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata by Prof. Dr. Sir R. G. Bhandarkar who wrote down the usually supposed first stanza on the collation sheet.
  • 1919, April 26 - Prof. P. K. Gode appointed to act as Curator..
  • 1919, November 5-7 - The first session of the Indian Oriental Conference (which later came to be called the All India Oriental Conference) organised by the Institute at Poona. President: Prof. Dr. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. Publication of the Institute's research journal, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (ABORI), started.
  • 6, July. 1922 - Completion of the Khetsi-Khiasi Manuscripts Hall & Mahabharata Hall.
  • 1923 - V. G. Paranjapae elected Hon. Secretary. The Virataparvan of the Mahabharata: Tentative Edition published.
  • 1924 - Govt. Oriental Series inaugurated.
  • 1, August 1925 - V. S. Sukthankar appointed General Editor of the Mahabharata.
  • 24, Aug. 1925 - : Rishipanchami: Prof. Dr. Sir R. G. Bhandarkar passed away. (Since then the Institute has been solemnising the Bhandarkar Death-Anniversary on the Rishipanchami every year).
  • 18, Oct. 1925 - BORI press started with composing room.
  • 6, July 1927 - Dr. S. K. Belvalkar was elected Honorary Secretary. First Fascicule Critical Edition published.
  • 1931, August 4 - Gift of the Siamese Tripitaka from the Government of Siam..
  • July 1932 - Completion of the Institute Guesthouse(Nizam's Guest House).
  • 6, July. 1933 - Dr. V. S. Sukthankar elected as Honorary Secretary.
  • October. 1933 - Completion of the Press Building.
  • 1935 - Pub. of the Descriptive Catalouge of Manuscripts was started.
  • 6, July 1939 - Prof. R. N. Dandekar was elected Honorary Secretary of the Institute. The Bhandarkar Oriental Series inaugurated.
  • 1940 - British Academy sanctioned a token grant for the Mahabharata.
  • 3, December 1941 - Gift of the Chinese Tripitka from the Chinese Govt.
  • 1942 - Inauguration of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
  • 4-5, Jan 1943 - In Jan. 4-5 Silver jubilee Celebrations, Chief Guest : Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.Special Publications: (1) Silver Jubilee Volume of ABORI; (2) Progress of Indic Studies.
  • 21, Jan. 1943 - Death of Sukthankar. April - S. K. Belvalkar Editor of the BH.
  • 31, Dec. 1943 - The Institute registered as the Central office of the All India Oriental Conference. The Institute was registered as the Central Office of the All India Oriental Conference; Prof. R. N. Dandekar, Honorary Secretary of the Institute was elected General Secretary of the Conference.
  • 7, SEptember.1945 - Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel visited the Institute.
  • May, 1948  - The University of Poona started functioning with its office in the Institute's Guest House.
  • 16, January. 1949  - Dr. S. K. Belvalkar appointed Director of Post-Graduate and Research (PGR) Department of University work.
  • March. 1949 - The Institute obtained recognition as a Constituent Institution of the University of Poona.
  • 10 March, 1951 - Dr. R. D. Karmarkar appointed Director of PGR Department.
  • 19 November. 1954 - Work on the Critical Edition of the Harivamsha formally inaugurated by H. E. President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
  • 1 August. 1956 - Announcement of publication of Shantiparvan 1-3 and Shalyaparvan 1 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India.
  • 1, October. 1956  - Prof. R. N. Dandekar was appointed the Member-Secretary of the Sanskrit Commission of the Government of India; office of the commission was located at the Institute (1956-1958).
  • 11, December. 1956 - Visit of H. H. the Dalai Lama Publication of the Post-Graduate and Research Department Series started.
  • 6, July. 1957 - Prof. R. N. Dandekar appointed as the Joint General Editor of Mahabharata.
  • March 1959 - Extension of the Manuscripts Hall (South Wing) completed.
  • 6, JUly. 1960 - Prof. A. D. Pusalkar appointed as Director of the PGR Department.
  • 1, April. 1961 - Prof. P. L. Vaidya appointed as General Editor of Mahabharata on the retirement of Dr. S. K. Belvalkar.
  • 28, May. 1961 - Death of Prof. P. K. Gode, Curator of the Institute.
  • 1, June. 1961 - Prof. A. D. Pusalkar appointed as Curator.
  • 26, January. 1962 - Padma Bhushan awarded to Prof. R. N. Dandekar by H. E. President of India.
  • 6, July. 1962 - Setting up of printing machine in the BORI Press.
  • 17,November. 1962 -Announcement of publication of the fifth and last Volume of Dr. P. V. Kane's History of Dharmashastra by H. E. President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.
  • November. 1962 - Building for Library and PGR Department completed.
  • 4-10, january. 1964 - 26th International Congress of Orientalists was organised at New Delhi. Prof. R. N. Dandekar was appointed Academic Secretary for the Congress.
  • 22, September. 1966 - Announcement of the completion of the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata by H. E. President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.
  • 8, January. 1967 - Death of Dr. S. K. Belvalkar.*
  • 31, March. 1967 - Grant from the Order of Reiyukai, Japan, for the Institute's Buddhist Publications.
  • 6, July. 1967 - Fiftieth Foundation Day.
  • 17, May 1968 -Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Chief Guest: H. E. President of India Dr. Zakir Husain. Special Publication: Golden Jubilee Volume of the ABORI.
  • November. 1971 -Completion of the Critical Edition of the Harivamsha.
  • 9, September. 1975 -Fiftieth death-anniversary of Publication of the critical Prof. Dr. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. Address by Prof. D. C. Sircar Special Publication: Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar as an Indologist: A Symposium (1976). Publication of the Research Unit Started.
  • September. 1976 - Publication of the Critically Constituted Text of the Mahabharata and Harivamsha.
  • 9, October. 1976 - The Birth Centenary of Prof. Dharmananda Kosambi solemnised Dr. P. V. Bapat presented Burmese Tripitaka to the Institute.
  • 6, July. 1977 - Sixtieth Foundation Day of the Institute. President: Shri. Sadiq Ali, H. E. Governor of Maharashtra. Address: Prof. R. N. Dandekar..
  • 25, February. 1978 - Death of Dr. P.L. Vaidya.
  • 1-3, June. 1978 - Diamond Jubilee of the Institute. President: Shri. Sadiq Ali, H. E. Governor of Maharashtra. Special Publication: Diamond Jubilee Volume of the ABOR Twenty-ninth AIOC. President: Prof. J. Gonda
  • 4, December. 1980 - Yakushiji Temple, Nara (Japan) presented the Taisho Tripitaka (Second Edition 1962) consisting of 87 volumes.
  • 1981 - Korean Tripitaka presented to the Institute.
  • July. 1983 - Completion of the Library Building Extension.
  • 1, August 1983 - Project of the Mahabharata: Cultural Index (as a prelude to the Epilogue of the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata), which had undergone several vicissitudes, was reorganised; Prof. Dr. M. A. Mehendale was appointed as Editor.
  • 1, December. 1984 - Work on the project of a Critical Edition of the Mahabhashyadipika (sponsored by the University Grants Commission) started.
  • 1, April. 1987 - Work on the project of A Comprehensive Dictionary of Prakrit Languages started. Grant of Rs. 5,00,000/- from the Sanmati Tirtha, Poona, for the project. Chief Editor: Prof. A. M. Ghatge.
  • 6, July. 1987 - 150th Birth-Anniversary of Sir Dr. R. G. Bhandarkar.
  • 1987 - Extension of the Mahabharata Hall (North Wing) of the Institute's Building completed.
  • 23, February. 1988 - 150th Birth-Anniversary celebration of Dr. R. G. Bhandarkar; Formal Inauguration of the Project of A Comprehensive Dictionary of Prakrit Languages. Publication of other works. President: H. E. President of India Shri. R. Venkataraman.
  • 15, August. 1991 - Completion of the Critical Edition of the Mahabhashyadipika.
  • 6, July. 1992 - The 75th Foundation of the Institute; the inauguration of the Amritamahotsava. President: Padma Bhushan Prof. D. B. Devadhar, the oldest living Life Member of the Institute..
  • 28, May. 1993 - Amritamahotsava of the Institute. Chief Guest: Prof. H. H. Ingalls of Harvard University, U. S. A.
  • 28-30, May. 1993 - 36th Session of the AIOC at the Institute. Inaugurated by Prof. Daniel H. H. Ingalls. General President: Prof. P. N. Kawthekar.
  • 6, July. 1993 - Prof. R. N. Dandekar relinquished the office of Honorary Secretary of the Institute, which he had held for 54 years. Prof. A. M. Ghatge was elected Honorary Secretary of the Institute.
  • 6, July. 1999 - Prof. M. G. Dhadphale elected as the Hon. Secretary
  • 2, Novemner. 2000 - Visit of Shri. Anant Kumar, Union Minister for Culture.
  • 16, June. 2001 - Visit of Shri. Sharad Pawar Inauguration of the new building of the Institute
  • 6, July. 2002 - Prof. Saroja Bhate elected as the Hon. Secretary.
  • August. 2003 - Work of the Manuscripts Resource and Conservation Centre of the National Mission for Manuscripts launched.
  • 5, January. 2004 - The Institute faced a vandalistic attack.
  • 6, July. 2005 - Prof. M. G. Dhadphale elected as the Hon. Secretary.
  • 2, December. 2006 - Visit of Shri. P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Finance.
  • March. 2007 - Visit of H. H. Dalai Lama.
  • 20, June. 2007 -The Institute’s collection of 30 manuscripts of the Rigveda incorporated in the “Memory of the World Register” by the UNESCO.

Celebrated Members

  • Lokamanya Tilak
  • N. C. Kelkar
  • R. P. Paranjape
  • B. G. Kher
  • Laxmanshastri Joshi
  • P. V. Kane
  • Suniti Kumar Chatterji
  • S. K. De

Celebrated Visitors

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Pandit Nehru
  • Sardar Patel
  • Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
  • President S. Radhakrishnan
  • President R. Venkataraman
  • Sharad Pawar
  • Anant Kumar
  • P. Chidambaram
  • His Holiness Dalai Lama

From 6th July 1915 To 10th September 1918

The idea of starting an Oriental Research Institute in Poona and of associating it with the name of Sir Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., K.C.I.E., one of the greatest of living Orientalists, in grateful recognition of his magnificent and life-long services to the cause of Sanskrit literature in placing Sanskrit studies in India on the most approved and scientific basis of Western critical scholarship, was discussed and agreed upon and took a tangible shape in the election of a Working Committee for the purpose at a meeting held at the Anandasram, Poona, on Tuesday the 6th of July 1915, Dr. Bhandar kar's 78th birthday. But it would be helpful, in a historical presentation of the origins of the Institute, to trace the beginnings of that idea to certain events that took place and certain plans that were gradually shaping themselves in the country some three or four years previously.
2. Amongst these, prominent mention must be made of the Confer• ence of Orientalists, which was summoned at Simla by the Hon'ble (then) Mr. S. Harcourt Butler to consider practical measures for the encouragement of Oriental studies in India. The Conference to which distinguished scholars specially interested in the subject were invited from every part of India, met from the 12th to the 19th of July 1911, and the substance of the general debates and the recommendations of the Committees and sub-committees and other. papers connected with them. have been published by the Government of India. The main idea which the Conference brought prominently to the fore was that of a Central Research Institute at Calcutta or Delhi on lines somewhat similar to those of L'Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient at Hanoi (ludo-China) founded in 1898 by the Governor-General of Indo-China and placed under the scientific control of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of the Institute of France. The object of the proposed institute, as apart from research, was 'to provide Indians highly trained in original work who would enable schools of Indian history and archreology to be founded her eafter, prepare catalogues raisonnes of manuscripts, develop museums and build up research in Universities and Colleges of the different provinces.