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Let’s Recite Tagore’s Poetry At The Prestigious Santiniketan Itself!

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Light, my light, the world-filling light, the eye-kissing light, heart-sweetening light! Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the centre of my life; the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth. The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light. The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling, and it scatters gems in profusion.

The ardent book lovers or budding poets will sure recognize this verse from Gurudev’s Gitanjali! Rabindranath Tagore, the creme de la creme of the authors is remembered even today for his masterpiece writings. His impact is so incredible that even today, people from all over the world come to visit his Santiniketan. If you too are keen to explore and trot his childhood grounds, why not visit the off-beat Santiniketan? And if you are worried about how to commute there, there are a number of flights being booked to and from Kolkata. There are Mumbai to Kolkata flights, Delhi to Kolkata flights and many more, running every other hour. Let’s throw a deeper light on the roots of Santiniketan and explore its present.

Rabindranath Tagore’s father came across a landscape with red soil and paddy, green fields, while on a boat journey to Raipur. He decided to stay there and grow more saplings. So, he built a small house and named it Santiniketan, or the abode of peace. A year later, he founded an Ashram here and became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj. Since then, Santiniketan was owned by the Tagore family. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school here, named Brahmacharya Ashram. After he received the Nobel Prize, the fame and prestige of Santiniketan mushroomed, and it was expanded into a university, and renamed as Visva Bharati University.

The significance of Santiniketan is still alive today. Even today Tagore’s poetry is recited in walking pilgrimages (Rabindra Path Parikrama) from Kolkata to Santiniketan. These occasions take place on important anniversaries.

There are several buildings like Udayana, Konarka, Shyamali, Udichi and Punascha in the Uttarayana complex, where the poet lived, and they very exquisitely, represent the architectural genius of Tagore’s son.There are also the Kala Bhavan, Patha Bhavan, Cheena Bhavan and Hindi Bhavan, which are very adored by the tourists. One must also visit the Prayer Hall and Chhatimtala

The catalogues of the Kolkata tourism highlight several other tourist destinations near Shantiniketan, the shakti peethas, where the devotees of Goddess Sati come to worship. These are Fullara, Nalhati, Massanjore, Sainthia, Kankalitala, Tarapith and Bakreshwar. These are the Shakti Peethas, where the parts of body of Goddess Sati fell, when cut by the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu.

Plan a trip to West Bengal and feel the essence of the place where ‘The Greatest Poet, India Ever Produced’ himself grew and lived.


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