Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute

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Founded in Pune in 1917 in honour of Sir Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. Among its many outstanding scholarly achievements was the production of the critical edition of the Mahābhārata in 27 volumes (1933–72) under the direction of V. S. Sukthankar. In 2004 its collection, which included many invaluable Sanskrit manuscripts, was badly damaged when a mob, whipped up by the Marāṭhā nationalist Sambhaji Brigade, ransacked the library because some had taken exception to a book about Śivajī written by a Western scholar who had acknowledged the help of some members of the Institute.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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