- Jorasanko Thakur Bari
- Swami Vivekananda’s Room
Jorasanko Thakur Bari
Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Bengali: House of the Thakurs (anglicised to Tagore) in Jorasanko, north of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It is currently located on the Rabindra Bharati University campus at 6/4 Dwarakanath Tagore Lane Jorasanko, Kolkata 700007. It is the house in which the poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born. It is also the place where he spent most of his childhood and died on 7 August 1941.
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM Closed on: Monday and National Holidays. Admission Charges: For Indian Nationals: 10/- per person for adults and 5/-per person for students For Foreigners:50/- Per person.
History of Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral house) The Jorashanko Thakurbari was the ancestral home of the Tagore family. It was built in the 18th century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore’s grandfather. The Great Poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born here. The name ‘Jorashanko’ came into being from the fact that it was named after the twin Shankar (Shiva) temples located near the home. In the year 1961, as part of the centenary celebration of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray legally procured the house. Thus, it came under the care of the Government. Finally on 8th May, 1961 the Rabindra Bharati Museum was established by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India in honour of Kaviguru. The museum was housed in the 217 year old building where Rabindranath was born and had spent a major part of his life and finally breathed his last. The museum complex has several buildings. The Rabindra Bharati Museum is housed within the University and is a major repository of the works of the Tagore family, especially of Abanindranath and Rabindranath. The museum has forty original paintings of Rabindranath acquired from Rathindranath Tagore (Rabindranath’s son) by the West Bengal Government including a lot of photographs that came as a permanent loan from the National Library. The Museum is an integral part of the Rabindra Bharati University, established in 1962, for the advancement of the highest education in various disciplines of Humanities and Performing Arts.
Apart from the heritage routine, Rabindra Bharati University organizes regular cultural programmes on the poet’s birthday, Panchise Baisakh, when thousands flock to Jorasanko Thakur Bari, and on other occasions, such as his death anniversary, Baishe Shravan. It also organises a festival of arts, Aban Mela.
259, Rabindra Sarani, Singhi Bagan, Jorasanko, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007
Swami Vivekananda’s Room
To the southeast of the old shrine stands Swami Vivekananda’s room. In this room, the great Swami lived, and here he attained Mahasamadhi on 4 July 1902. Most of the articles preserved in this room were used by him at different places and times. In the courtyard in front of this room stands a mango tree under which Swamiji used to sit on a camp cot and meet visitors and devotees.