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The Mystic Himalayas of Northeast

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The Mystic Himalayas of Northeast

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#kolkata360 #127 - Hedua Park

Rabindranath Tagore in his memoirs of childhood—Jibonsmriti—wrote about a pond with a brick-made ghat, a huge banyan tree on its eastern side, and a series of coconut trees on the southern side. He chronicled about the daily activities of the people visiting and using the pond. To him it was like a photo book the pages of which were turned by the hands of time.

Though the pond immortalized by Tagore was filled up by the time he was still quite young, the pond at the Hedua Park presents a slice of Tagore's childhood for the young minds of today. Incidentally, the pond at Hedua was mentioned by Tagore in his novel "Gora" and by several other writers over the years. This is also the pond where Naren (Swami Vivekananda) used to often go swimming during his childhood.

#kolkata #heduapark #swamivivekananda #rabindranathtagore

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#kolkata360 #126 - Scottish Church College

Scottish Church College is the oldest continuously running Christian liberal arts and sciences college in India, established in 1830 by Alexander Duff, the first overseas missionary of the Church of Scotland to India. Initially known as General Assembly's Institution, it was given its present name in 1929. The founder's idea was to set up an institution which linked western education with Christian mission and the eventual progress of the people.

Notable alumni of the college include luminaries like Swami Vivekananda, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Paramahansa Yogananda.

#kolkata #scottishchurchcollege #swamivivekananda #subhaschandrabose

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#kolkata360 #125 - Vivekananda Museum

The ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda, declared as a Grade-I heritage building after its restoration, can only be accessed now through this new structure built in 2004. The house has been developed into a museum designed to make the visitors aware of different incidents of Swami Vivekananda’s life right from his early boyhood.

#kolkata #swamivivekananda #vivekanandamuseum

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#kolkata360 #124 - Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral Home

Swami Vivekananda, known as Narendranath Dutta in his pre-monastic life, was born to affluent parents on January 12, 1863. His father Bishwanath Dutta was an eminent barrister and mother Bhubaneshwari Devi was a pious and devout lady. It was in this house that he was born and spent his childhood and young adulthood.

Over time, the ancestral house of Vivekananda became dilapidated. In May 1999, Ramakrishna Mission acquired the land and the adjacent plot through the Government of West Bengal. In 2004, after renovation, the house was turned into a museum and cultural centre. The then President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated the renovated house.

#kolkata #swamivivekananda #swamivivekanandasancestralhome

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#kolkata360 #123 - Vidyasagar College

Vidyasagar College, founded in the year 1872 by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar—a Bengali polymath, educationist, social reformer, and a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance—is the first private and truly secular college. It was formerly known as the Metropolitan Institution and after the passing away of the founder in 1891, it was changed to Vidyasagar College in 1917.

The commerce Department of the college, established in 1922, has the distinction of being the oldest commerce teaching department in India.

#kolkata #vidyasagarcollege

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#kolkata360 #122 - Sadharan Brahmo Samaj

The Sadharan Brahmo Samaj was formed in a public meeting of Brahmos held in the Town Hall of Calcutta on 15th May 1878. A letter from Maharshi Devendranath Tagore communicating his blessings and prayer for the success of the new Samaj was read in the meeting. At the time of its foundation the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj was headed by three men—Ananda Mohan Bose, Sib Chandra Deb, and Umesh Chandra Dutt—universally esteemed in Brahmo society for their high moral character.

#kolkata #sadharanbrahmosamaj

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#kolkata360 #121 - Mahajati Sadan

Subhas Chandra Bose once made a request to Rabindranath Tagore to create an auditorium. In response to the request of Bose, Tagore laid the foundation stone of Mahajati Sadan on 19 August 1939 and called this auditorium "House of the Nation.” However, the sudden disappearance of Bose stopped the construction work of this building. After independence of India, Bidhan Chandra Roy showed his interest to complete the construction work and thus "Mahajati Sadan Act 1949" was enacted for completion of the construction.

The auditorium is now used for Bengali theatres, music and dance events, and seminars.

#kolkata #mahajatisadan #subhaschandrabose #rabindranathtagore

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#kolkata360 #120 - Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Thakur Dalan)

The Thakur Dalan of Jorasanko Thakur Bari is part of the inner quadrangle of the house and is special in many ways. All sorts of ceremonies, celebrations, and gatherings of the Tagore family used to take place in the dalan. Even today Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary is celebrated here with great reverence and the entire dalan is beautifully decorated for the occasion.

#kolkata #jorasankothakurbari #thakurdalan #rabindranathtagore #tagore #nobel

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