Moortidevi Award is a literary award instituted in 1982 by the Bharatiya Jnanpith in the memory of Smt. Moorti Devi, mother of Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of Bharatiya Jnanpith to a “contemplative or intellectual work” created by any living author writing in any of the languages enlisted in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution and in English. The Award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and a cash prize of Rs 4 lakhs.
The award is specifically given out to such writings that underline and express Indian philosophy and cultural heritage based on wider ideals and human values. Cash Award.
The first recipient of the award was the Kannada writer C.K. Nagaraja Rao who was honoured in 1983 for his novel, Pattamahadevi Shantala Devi, which was published in four volumes.
The complete list of awardees is given below:
|Year of Award||Name Of Awardee|
|2019||Dr.Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari||Hindi|
|2016||M. P. Veerendra Kumar||Malayalam|
|2010||Gopi Chand Narang||Urdu|
|2007||M. Veerappa Moily||Kannada|
|2006||Krishna Bihari Mishra||Hindi|
|2003||Kalyan Mal Lodha||Hindi|
|2000||Govindra Chandar Pandey||Hindi|
|1989||Vidya Niwas Mishra||Hindi|
|1987||Manu Bhai Pancholi ‘Darshak’||Gujarati|
|1987||Kanhyaiya Lal Sethia||Rajasthani|
|1984||Virendra Kumar Sakhlecha||Hindi|
|1983||C.K. Nagaraj Rao||Kannada|