Since its inception, the Bharatiya Jnanpith has been working devotedly for the fulfilment of its twin objectives. Its research and publication programme started with the resurrection of a monumental classic. A temple at Moodbidri in Karnataka, had stored for centuries an unidentified manuscript of palm-leaves. The Jnanpith's painstaking research revealed that it was a ninth century commentary in Prakrit and Sanskrit, of a second century A.D. work, Sat-khandagama, in Prakrit on the doctrine of karman. The sixth & last part of this great work, Mahabandha, has been published in seven volumes, comprising three thousand pages, by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
The completion of this epic-work inaugurated the establishment of 'Moortidevi Granthamala' named after the revered mother of late Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain. This was the beginning of the Moortidevi Granthamala, which has, since then been brought out, in scientifically edited form, rare works on Indian thought, culture and religion. These works are in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Apabhramsa, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English, covering subjects like religion, philosophy, logic, ethics, grammar, astrology, poetics etc. More...
The objective of encouraging creation of original modern literature is sought to be achieved through several programmes, the most important being the Lokodaya Granthamala. It has been the endeavour of the Jnanpith to highlight the emerging talent whose writings are generally ignored by commercial publishers. Bharatiya Jnanpith can justifiably feel proud of the fact that it has helped a number of writers, who have acquired eminence today, in their formative years.