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Vagdevta Mandir

Shri Samarth Vagdevata Mandir is a glorious branch of the Mother institute Satkaryottejak Sabha. It is established in 1935. it is a temple where literature of Samarth School is worshipped in the form of an idol. The only way to worship this Goddess of literature ( Vagdevata ) is to study that literature and do some research work in literature. The devotee of Shri Samarth, Late Shri Nanasaheb Deo did monumental work of collection, research and publication of literature of Shri Samarth School and other contemporary saints. The catalogs ( Suchi ) of bunch of manuscripts – popularly known as Badas – is published in four volumes with more than 1400 pages. This institution is a treasure of source material for research work. Indian and Foreign research scholars have rightly remarked that study of Indian saints of any stream is incomplete without reference to the source material preserved in Samarth Vagdevata Mandir. This institution has become a modern holy place ( Adhunik Tirthkshetra ) for taking bath in the knowledge of sea. Maintenance and preservation of all these historical documents is done in this institute.
Shri Samarth Vagdevata Mandir is an invaluable and priceless treasure house of manuscripts, letters and chronicles of historical importance and awaits the researchers from various fields to come and explore the depths of Badas and thereby unfold the mysteries written on the pages of history.
Late Nanasaheb Deo and his colleagues felt it a need to have a different store house for the collection of precious treasure and his dream came true in the form of Shri Samarth Vagdevata Mandir – an unparalleled and splendid architectural glory with simplicity and purity where we see Samarth Ramdas Swami, incarnated in his literature.
The Mandir was erected on 75 X 48 sq. ft. plot owned by Late Nanasaheb Deo who gifted it to the Mandir in no while. Shri Vasudeo Gopal Gogate – an architect – built the temple and on the auspicious day of Jeshttha Shuddha 13 in 1935, the collection of the treasure was kept here to welcome the scholars, the learned and the learners also.
The treasure contains researched and non researched as well, the manuscripts, papers, letters and badas. The copy of the Valmiki Ramayan rewritten by Samarth Ramdas in 1622 A. D., a letter by Swami Ramdas to the Raghunath Bhatt in Modi script, 30 copies of the holy Dasbodh. The manuscripts by Kalyan Swami, Uddhav Swami, Giridhar Anubhavamrit written by Diwakar, the ninth chapter of Dasopant’s Geetarnav, the pre Samarth period Eknathi Bhagwat, Samarth’s poems. Moreover historic letters by Shivaji Maharaj, Sambhaji, Rajaram, Moropant, the handwriting of Ramchandra Nilkanth, the smaller and beautiful copies of the Dasbodh, the manuscripts with refreshing colorful pictures of the Geeta and the Geet Govind, the photocopy of the authorization to Ramdas Swami by Shivaji Maharaj wallwt, the two smallest copies of Geeta that can be held in pinch, 205 Manache Shlok’s in ligible and slim writing on a single paper, two copper plates and Tadpatries – all this is an asset preserved safely and carefully in showcases.
The papers of these manuscripts are old and worn out and hence dangerous to handle. So, the Xerox copies are given to the researchers. Some of the papers are preserved with lamination and not a single sheet of paper is allowed to be taken out.
Apart from the Samarth literature there is a literature by 300 saints. There are historical original letters and papers of judgments given by the then kazis. There are some manuscripts written 550 years ago in different languages – Marathi, Farsi, Hindi, Arbi, Hindusthani, Tamil, Telgu Gujrathi and Sanskrit. Of all the Badas almost about 3000 ones are studied and many other are waiting for studies by scholars. There are manuscripts on various different subjects – Literature, Science, Fine Arts, Ayurved, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Social Sciences, Psychology, Drawings, Paintings, Music, Astrology, History, Charms and Spells etc.
Late Nanasaheb began with his research work from 1903 and is still going on. Almost 250 researchers from all over the country and from abroad have come here in their pursuits either for MPhil’s and PhD’s or for their own pleasure and writing books.

Subject wise Badas

1
Manuscripts
292
5
War
53
2
Sundry
69
6
Duff Songs
20
3
Pictures
23
7
Astrology
42
4
Medicine
45
8
Book Keeping
24

Areas open to Researchers

1
Author Ratnakar Gundo Tukaram
6
Music
2
Ayurved
7
Tulsi Ramayan
3
Vrat vaikalyas
8
Spells and Charms
4
Book Keeping
9
Shikke – Mudra
5
Astrology
10
Historical letters

Languages wise Badas

No.
Language
Percentage
No.
Language
Percentage
1
Marathi
60 %
7
Arabi
2 %
2
Sanskrit
10 %
8
Marwadi
2 %
3
Hindusthani
8 %
9
Hindi
2 %
4
Kanadi
6 %
10
Gujarati
3 %
5
Parashi
2 %
11
Punjabi
1 %
6
Telgu
2 %
12
Others
2 %

Badas Chronological

No.
Years
Nos.
No.
Years
Nos.
1
100 yrs ago
140
5
250 to 300
188
2
100 to 150
529
6
300 to 350
36
3
150 to 200
717
7
350 to 400
8
4
200 to 250
463
8
400 to 450 yrs ago
5