Mamasaheb Deogirikar was the President of Maharashtra Congress at that time. He was willing to work on Gandhian spirituality. He resigned from congress party. He became president of State committee Gandhi Smarak Nidhi which was founded immediately after assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He devoted his life to this Institution by remaining bachelor throughout his life.
Gandhi Smarak Nidhi decided to form a trust in every state. After decentralization of Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Maharashtra committee became independent Trust name as Maharashtra Gandhi Smark Nidhi in 1962. Then Mamasaheb Deogirikar elected as a President unanimously. He started institution activity from Pune head office.
Mamasaheb Deogirikar started cleanliness and hygiene activity with name Bhangi Mukti Yojana. He also started publication department to publish Gandhian literature specially in Marathi language. He established various Gandhian principle centers in Maharashtra.
After demise of Shri.Mamasaheb Deogirikar in 1975, Shri. Balasaheb Bharade former speaker of Maharashtra Assembly accepted responsibility of the Institute as the President of MGSN. He carried forward activities of the Institute and expand them by adding many new programs. Balasaheb Bharde passed away in November 2006.
A renowned Gandhian and socialist leader Dr.Kumar Saptarshi (Ex-MLA) succeeded shri. Balasaheb Bharde as the President of MGSN.He further developed the Institute and started many new activities in tune with the changing times and context.
Maharashtra Gandhi Smarak Nidhi owns 10 Acres and 12 R land in Kothurd, now part of Pune City. MGSN has a beautiful and pleasant campus with greenery. It is the Head office of all Branches. Kothrud was a village adjacent to Pune City. Now Kothrud has been merged in Pune Municipal Corporation.
Maharashtra Gandhi Smarak Nidhi owns 10 Acres and 12 R land in Kothurd, now part of Pune City. Kothrud was a village adjacent to Pune City. Now Kothrud has been merged in Pune Municipal Corporation. On 1.5 acres of land MGSN’s Industrial Estate was established which is officially recognized. In this Industrial estate 25 Small Scale Industries are run by private owners. We have constructed residential quarters for our staff and in huge open area we are conducting various programs and events.
Gandhi Bhavan is established on the 1.5 acres of land owned by MGSN in Kothrud, Pune. Gandhi Bhavan Building has been constructed on the area of 11,000 sq.ft, which has 3 independent halls. Out of which, one hall named as Memasahib Deogirikar Hall, in his memory who was founder of the Institution. This hall is a well-equipped auditorium with a capacity of 300 seats. Second hall is Dining Hall with seating arrangement of hundred people. Another hall is Mahatma Gandhi Mini Theatre. This mini theater is air-conditioned with good acoustic. It has projector facility, latest sound system. The Institution has collected rare movies and documentaries on Gandhiji as well as subjects like futility of war and riots. Such rare movies and documentaries of Mahatma Gandhi are readily available for exhibition at any time.