Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi was a noted Indian Hindi writer. Adhunikkaal, or the Modern period of the Hindi literature, is divided into four phases, and he represents the second phase, known as the Dwivedi Yug (1893–1918) after him, which was preceded by the BharatenduYug (1868–1893), followed by the ChhayavadYug (1918–1937) and the Contemporary Period (1937–present).
He was born in Daulatapur village in present-day Raebareli District of Uttar Pradesh. His father Ramsahay Dwivedi was in British Indian Army.
During his Indian Railways service in Jhansiin the 1880s, Dwivedi earned wide fame as a writer and litterateur. He published his translations and the critical works including Sahitya Sandarbh and Vichar Vimarsh.
In 1903, Dwivedi joined the Hindi monthly, Saraswati and was able to edit the journal with a knowledge of both classical and contemporary literature gained from his writing experiences. During his tenure as the editor (1903–20), Saraswati became most popular Hindi magazine.
He was considered as the mentor of Maithili Sharan Gupt, another noted Hindi poet and writer.
Though Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi is well known as a Hindi writer, he has to his credit three translations of Sanskrit classics --
*The Kumara-sambhava of Kalidasa*
*The Raghu-vamsa of Kalidasa*
He Breathed his last on 29 December 1938 at age of 74
Department of Posts Brought out a commemorative postage stamp on May15, 1966, to honour the memory of Acharya Mahavir Prsad Dvivedi, one of the outstanding men of letters of modern India.
Issued Date :15-05-1966
Denomination : 15 Paise