About Vaidya Haribhau Paranjape:-
Born 1907, in a small village in a Ratnagiri, Vaidyaraj Haribhau Balkrishna Paranjape completed his primary education and went to Pune for higher education. After completing his graduation in arts he further undertook his studies in Ayurveda. He closed down his ‘Ayurvedic National Clinic’ that was started in 1928 to enter the freedom movement and serve the nation. An active worker of congress party he participated in satyagraha and was imprisoned for few months in Thane jail. On advice of Mahatma Gandhi he went on a padyatra to visit villages and treat patients.
‘Ayurved Shikshan Mandal’ was started by him on in 1936 with an objective to imply Ayurvedic teaching and to serve the people for their medical needs. Ashtang Ayurved Mahavidyalaya(1936) was added with Ashtang Ayurved Pharmacy in October 1936: the first Ayurvedic Charitable dispensary in 1939 and finally the Ashtang Charitable Ayurvedic Hospital. He served as secretary of the Mandal for 47 years between 1936 to 1972 and nurtured these institutions in various capacities.
He was honoured by Pune District Congress Committee for his contributions. The platinum jubilee was celebrated on 28th March 1983 at Ashtang Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and a ‘Special Commemorative Issue’ was published in his honour.
The great man who dedicated his whole life for the cause of Ayurveda passed away on 20th November 1983. The institutions established by him continue to serve the causes that he strived for.
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