Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil
IdentitySocial Reformer
Birth22nd September 1887 at Kumbhoj, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, British India
AchievementsThe Government of India awarded him with the “Padma Bhushan” Award in 1959.

Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil was the popular social reformer of 19th century. He was from Kumbhoj Taluka of Kolhapur district in Maharashtra. In 1959 CE, Government of India awarded with Padma Bhushan after his death.

Bhaurao Patil dedicated whole life to educate the children from backward class. In spite of being illiterate, he identified the importance of education and did the change through his actions. Therefore, people given him a title of “Karmaveer” which means “King of Work.”

Karmaveer means “king of Work.”

Paigaunda Patil was the father and Gangabai was the mother of Bhaurao Patil.

Yes, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil was the contemporary social reformer during the reign of Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur from 1894 to 1922.

Family of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil:

Bhaurao Patil was born in Kumbhoj of district Kolhapur. His mother’s name was Gangabai, and his father’s name was Paigaunda Patil. “Bhau” was his childhood nickname. As he grew up, the people were called him with “Bhaurao.” Bhaurao had three brothers named Tatya, Balgonda alias Balwant, Badendra alias Bandu and also two sisters Dwarkabai, Tarabai.

Bhaurao’s Childhood:

Bhaurao’s father, Paigaunda Patil, passed the civil examination. He was working as a clerk in the revenue department. Gangabai had to stay in the hut when Pagonda Patil went to work. Therefore, for the sake of safety, the Bhaurao had to live at their grandfather’s house in Kumbhoj.

Bhaurao was the most pampered family member of the family. Therefore, he was more attentive in sports and wandering rather than study.

Satyappa was known for rebellion against untouchability. He recognized as a helper to the poor. When Bhaurao was childish, that time due to association with Sattyappa, his mind also became fearless.

Rebel attitude against injustice:

Two ancestors of Bhaurao, Nemgonda, and Shantanagonda were Chief (Pitthacharyas) of Jain monastery at Nandani and also a Digambar creed’s Jain Muni (sage). Therefore, even in the Bhaurao had the Sannyasin (saint) attitude and rebellion against injustice were from a very young age.

Babasaheb Ambedkar with Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil
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Education of Bhaurao Patil:

At the age of eighth, Bhaurao has taken admission to Marathi Primary School No. 1 of Dahiwadi on 7th February 1979. In 1949, he sent Bhaurao and his brother Tatya to Kolhapur for the study in English medium. Likewise, he studied at Rajaram Middle High School in grades 1st to 3rd. After that, he attended Rajaram High School.

Unforgettable Events in the Life of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil:

While at the Palace of Shahu Maharaj, the Bhaurao was failed in Mathematics in the English 6th class. After telling this story to Shahuji Maharaj, Shahuji asked mathematics teacher named Shri Bhargavaram Kulkarni to pass the Bhaurao in mathematics and push him into the upper class. But, Shri Bhargavaram was very sincere, he told Shahu Maharaj that, “Once I will push the Bharao’s bench to the upper class, but not to Bhaurao.”

At that time, Shahu Maharaj saw his sincerity and promoted him to the top post. The Bhaurao remembered Kulkarni Guruji’s words throughout his life. Later, by telling this story to the children of the hostel, Bhaurao made them study hard. After failing in the 6th standard. The father of the Bhaurao called the Bhaurao back to Koregaon.

Most of the readers will see the failure of the Bhaurao Patil here. But during this the last year because the association of Shahu Maharaj, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, was inspired a lot. Therefore, he gets motivated to work as a social reformer in the future.

Bhaurao Patil contributed so much in the Education field. He cares about people (Rayat) like Shivray. Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil assumed the Education is the only way to get rid of problems like poverty, intolerable social practices like untouchability. In other words, he gave salutation to Shivaji Maharaj.

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