Ten amazing facts about Vinoba Bhave
- Vinayak Narahari Bhave was born on 11 September 1895 in Gagode, Raigad district of Maharastra.
- Inspired by Gandhiji’s speech at the Benaras Hindu University Vinoba Bhave wrote a letter to Gandhiji.
- He had command over multiple languages including Indian regional languages like Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, apart from English and Sanskrit.
- Vinoba met Gandhi on 7 June 1916 and subsequently abandoned his studies.
- In 1940 he was chosen by Gandhi to be the first Individual Satyagrahi. Vinoba Bhave also participated in the Quit India Movement.
- Vinoba Bhave worked tirelessly towards eradicating social evils like inequality.
- In 1951, Vinoba Bhave started his peace-trek on foot through the violence-torn region of Telangana.
- Vinoba was greatly influenced by the Bhagvad Gita and his thoughts and efforts were based upon the doctrines of the Holy Book.
- He observed a year of silence from December 25, 1974 to December 25, 1975. In 1976, he undertook a fast to stop the slaughter of cows.
- Vinoba Bhave was the first international figure to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1958. He was awarded Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1983.
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