D.R. Bhandarkar

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Devadatta Ramakrishna Bhandarkar (Marathi: देवदत्त रामकृष्ण भांडारकर; 19 November 1875 – 13 May 1950) was an Indian archaeologist and epigraphist who worked with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Born in Marathi Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family, he was the son of eminent Indologist, R. G. Bhandarkar.

Devadatta Ramakrishna Bhandarkar
Born(1875-11-19)19 November 1875
Died13 May 1950(1950-05-13) (aged 74)
Known forArchaeology
ParentRamakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar (father)

Early life


Bhandarkar was born on 19 November 1875. On graduating in history, Bhandarkar joined the ASI and was posted to the western circle as an assistant to Henry Cousin.[1]



As Assistant Superintendent, Bhandarkar worked in the then Rajputana, excavating the city of Nagari in Chittorgarh district in 1915–16.[1] He succeeded George Thibaut as the Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture in the University of Calcutta and held the post from 1917 to 1936.

Gandhiji met Dr. Bhandarkar in 1915 at Pune, Bombay Presidency in regards to the South African Indian question.[2]

As Superintending Archeologist of the Western Circle of ASI, he visited Mahenjodaro in 1911-12. He dismissed the ruins as only 200 years old, with 'bricks of a modern type' and 'a total lack of carved terra-cottas amidst the whole ruins'. John Keay had called his assessment as "wrong in every detail, this statement must rank amongst archaeology's greatest gaffes."[3]


  1. ^ a b Sathya Prakash (1981). Cultural Contours of India. Abhinav Publications. p. 23.
  2. ^ Gandhi (1940). Chapter "Poona And Madaras". Archived 14 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Keay, John (2010). India: A History. Harper Press.