Purnendu Narayan Sinha

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Dewan Bahadur Purnendu Narayan Sinha (his first name being variously spelled as Purmendu, Purnedu, Purnanda, or Purnendra) was a member of the Theosophical Society and an educator in India. He held the BL (Bachelor of Laws) and MA (Master of Arts) degrees. He was a graduate of Patna University.[1]

See India Club web page.

Work in education

See this book

Activities in the Theosophical Society

Annie Besant mentioned his work:

Interesting items of news come in from time to time, bearing on the question of the coming of the supreme Teacher. Rai Bahadur Purnendu Narayana Sinha, one of our oldest and best-read members, made a deep impression on his Hindu hearers at the Behar Federaton, by showing them that in the Puranas the home of the Bodhisattva was called Badarikashrama, and that the masters are therein spoken of as the Rishis of Badarikashrama, among them being mentioned Vyasa and Maitreya Rishi.[2]

Education in India speech

See theosophist [1] Mentioned in Lucifer vol 8]



  • A Study of the Bhâgavata Purâna or Esoteric Hinduism. Benares: Freeman & Co., 1901. The dedicated reads "To Annie Besant, The Bhagavata of Bhagavata these pages are respectfully dedicated by her most devoted brother." Available at Project Gutenberg.
  • Population Education and Family Planning.
  • God through Nature. Adyar, 1923.
  • The Chandi Or Great Plan. Translated by P. N. Sinha. Adyar, 1922.


He was a frequent contributor to The Theosophist, writing the following articles:

  • March 1883 (supplement) v4 p4 - The Behar Theosophical Society - Rules & Bye-Laws
  • June 1883 (supplement) v4 p5 - Colonel Olcott at Bankipore
  • June 1891 v12 p540 - Linga Purana
  • December 1891 v13 p141 - Some Mythologies in relation to the Vedas
  • March 1893 v14 p352 - Yellow, Blue & Violet
  • June 1893 v14 p548 - Colours
  • July 1893 v14 p592 - Colours (1)
  • September 1893 v14 p749 - Esoteric Hinduism
  • November 1893 v15 p110 - Colours (2)
  • July 1894 v15 p639 - Avataras, or the Guardians of the Universe
  • April 1895 v16 p434 - The Vedic Pranayama
  • May 1895 v16 p510 - Some Thoughts on Vedic Pranayama
  • July 1895 v16 p644 - Some Thoughts on Vedic Pranayama (2)
  • November 1895 v17 p86 - Thoughts on Vedic Sandhya (1)
  • December 1895 v17 p155 - Thoughts on Vedic Sandhya (2)
  • April 1912 v33 p79 - Chaitanya, The Prophet of Bengal

In February 1891 he wrote the article "The Religious Ideas & Practices of India & their growth" in the periodical Branch Work published at Adyar, Madras, India.

Awards and honors

In 1924 Mr. Sinha was awarded with the Subba Row Medal by the Society for his contributions to Theosophical literature.

The British Raj granted him the high honor of the title "Dewan Bahadur". In 1938 he received the gold "Kaisar-i-Hind Medal for Public Service in India", a medal awarded by the British monarch between 1900 and 1947 to civilians of any nationality who rendered distinguished service in the advancement of the interests of the British colonial government. The Gold Medal honored his work in education.

The Dr. Purnendu Narayan Sinha Memorial Foundation has been founded in his honor.[3]


  1. http://www.patnauniversity.ac.in/hist6.html Patna University web page.
  2. Annie Besant, "The Coming World-Teacher," The Theosophist 33.10 (July 1912), 510.
  3. https://www.blogger.com/profile/02270101800316904385 social media.