By Swami Harshananda
This is one of the few pioneer institutions that has dedicated itself to preserve and publish old books and manuscripts dealing with scriptures and other historical subjects.
It started at Pune in 1888 A.D. by M. C. Apte who dedicated all his wealth for this new institution. It is actively engaged in collecting, preserving old manuscripts and books and publishing them.
The building of the institution has a shrine dedicated to Śiva where religious programs are conducted. Apart from a guest-house there is also a hostel for boy students. So far, 188 books have been printed and 8000 Sanskrit manuscripts have been collected. The process of digitizing them to preserve them in CD’s is going on.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore