Dr. Panjabrao alias Bhausaheb Deshmukh



श्री शिवाजी शिक्षण संस्था, अमरावती


Smurti Bhavan


The younger generation is sadly unaware or only half aware of the life and times of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh. To rectify this situation, it was decided to during the centenary celebrations of Dr. Deshmukh to erect a spacious Memorial for him. Among other things, the Memorial complex would also display photographs of events and activities related to his life, his work, his efforts towards the nurturing and expansion of the Society, and his role as a Union Agricultural Minister, Government of India.The Memorial complex is being constructed under the supervision of Shri Shailendra Kolhe, architect of Amravati, and a good part of the project has been completed. The premises are encircled by a wall, and are well laid out with pathways.

The complex houses the main Memorial Temple, a spacious library, an open theatre and a canteen, among other things.The inner and outer electrification has been completed, and the beautification of the garden area is in progress. The completed Memorial Temple admeasures 7 metres in diameter from the inside, and has a height of 9.30 metres. The outer side has aluminum cladding and structural glazing; the flooring is granite and the ceiling is done in plaster of Paris. There is an open theater with tiered seating arrangements. The 'Asthi kalash' (the urn for the ashes) of Dr. Deshmukh is placed inside. A prism mirror arrangement enables a view of the sky. A 13 foot high statue of Bhausaheb adorns the outside.

The interior decoration & exhibition of the Smurti Bhavan was carried out by the renowned artist Shri Prakash Viwasrao of Mumbai. The walls of the first floor display photographs of Bhausaheb. Plaques have been placed under each photograph, outlining its historical significance. The ground floor photographs lead the viewer through the establishment, expansion and development of Shri Shivaji Education Society. The Smruti Bhavan has been constructed at the cost of approximately Rs. 3 crores.