History Evidence points that the Branch Bible Society of Bellary was a founding member of the Madras Bible Association in 1820. The probable date for the beginning of Bangalore Bible Society should be around 1825.
In 1840 the activities relating to the Bible were placed as a part of Madras Auxiliary's operations. The Kannada Bible in a single volume was made available for the first time in the year 1860. In the interest of the Kannada speaking people and their increasing Scripture needs, the Bangalore Branch was accorded a degree of autonomy by BFBS in 1875 to function as an independent unit. This marks the birth of Bangalore Auxiliary dedicated to provide Scriptures for the entire Kannada speaking people and to circulate Scriptures in all languages spoken in the Mysore province.
The Karnataka Auxiliary of the Bible Society of India came into being in 1945. In 1953, the first President of India, Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad and the first Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr.Kengal Hanumanthaiah visited the Auxiliary. In 1961 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited the Auxiliary and were presented with a copy of the Bible in Hindi. The beauty of the Karnataka Auxiliary lies in the heritage building which is situated at the beginning of Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore.
Bible - A Standing Testimony
Dr. Rajendra Prasad & Mr.Kengal Hanumananthaiah
Bsi Karnataka Auxiliary Building
Projects And Programs : We have already published more than 21 varieties of Kannada Bible, including the Kannada Study Bible and the Royal size Kannada Bible with red letter edition. The Kannada Compact Bible has gone for reprint for the third time. At present, the Auxiliary has taken up a project for printing a portion of the Bible in Pareer language - a combination of three languages i.e. Kannada, Tamil and Telugu which is spoken among a particular community. Another latest project is the diglot Bible (English and Kannada) which is on the move.
Contact : If you are interested in procuring Bible and other Scripture items in Print and Audio media, please contact :
The Auxiliary Secretary
Bible Society of India
2 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Bangalore 560 001
Ph : 080 22214557 / 4132 9008
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org