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Bhaurao Patil

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Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil

Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil


September 22, 1887 Kumbhoj, Dist. Kolhapur


May 9, 1959 (aged 71)





Organization Rayat Education Society

Known for

His work for spreading education in the rural areas of Maharashtra.

Influenced by Mahatma Jotirao Phule



Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil (September 22, 1887 - May 9, 1959) was a social activist and educator in Maharashtra, India. A strong advocate of education of the masses, he was the founder of the Rayat Education Society, one of the most important educational institutions in Maharashtra. Bhaurao played an important role in educating people from backward castes and also the poor masses by coining the philosophy earn and learn. He was also a prominent member of Satyashodhak Samaj (Truth seeker's society), founded by Mahatma Jotirao Phule. The people of Maharashtra honoured him with the epithet of Karmaveer (King of actions) and the Government of India awarded him with Padma Bhushan in 1959.


1 Rayat Education Society 2 Awards 3 Notes 4 References

[edit] Rayat Education Society

While working as an employee in the kirloskar factory at Kolhapur, Bhaurao got involved in working for Satyashodhak Samaj. In a council of Satyashodhak Samaj, held at Kale near Karad, a resolution was passed that in order to run SatyaShodhak Movement successfully, it would be necessary to educate the Bahujan Samaj.[citation needed] Accordingly, Bhaurao Patil established Rayat Shikshan Sanstha at a small village named Kale, from Satara district, of western part of Maharashtra, on October 4, 1919 on the auspicious day of Ashok Vijaya Dashami. This society was specially meant to benefit the children of the masses, so it was named Rayat (Marathi word for masses). During his lifetime, the Sanstha had 38 cosmopolitan boarding schools, 578 voluntary schools, 6 training colleges, 108 secondary schools, and 3 Colleges

[edit] Awards
People of Maharashtra gave him the title of Karmveer.(Marathi for "King of actions") Government of India gave him Padma Bhushan in 1959. The university of Pune gave him D.Litt in the same year.[citation needed] The Karmveer Bhaurao Patil Samaj Seva Puraskar awards are given annually by the Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha to notable personalities

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