Shantiniketan has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Shanti Niketan was established as an ashram by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, father of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur) in 1863 on 07 acres of land.
Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan On UNESCO World Heritage List: Santiniketan, where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore built Visva-Bharati a century ago, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The world body made this announcement in a post on ‘X’ on Sunday.
India has been trying for a long time to get UNESCO tag for this cultural site located in Birbhum district of Bengal. The decision to include Santiniketan in the list was taken during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee currently underway in Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a “proud moment for all Indians”. “Happy that Santiniketan, a symbol of the vision of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and the rich cultural heritage of India, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a proud moment for all Indians,” he posted on Twitter.
Let us tell you that Shanti Niketan was established as an ashram by Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, father of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur) in 1863 on 07 acres of land. Where later Rabindranath Tagore established this university and made it an excellent center for the study of art and culture along with science. It was started by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in 1901 with only 05 students. In 1921, it got the status of National University and today more than six thousand students study here.
PM Modi expressed happiness
PM Modi also made a post expressing happiness over Shantiniketan being included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. He wrote, “Delighted to have Santiniketan, a symbol of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s vision and India’s rich cultural heritage, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a proud moment for all Indians.”
Where is Shantiniketan located?
Shanti Niketan is about 180 km from Kolkata. It is situated in Bolpur in the distant Birbhum district. Shantiniketan was founded by Devendranath Tagore. Later this place became famous because of his son Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore started Path Bhawan. Initially 5 children studied in this school. Came.He started a unique way of conducting classes amidst nature.
History of Shantiniketan
History of Santiniketan It was the day in 1862 when Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of the great writer Rabindranath Tagore, found a quiet place where he could meditate peacefully. Considering that place as a place of peace, he named it Shantiniketan. Later people started recognizing it as a spiritual center where large numbers of people gathered for prayer and meditation and then in 1863, Debendranath Tagore also laid the foundation of an ashram. In 1901, Rabindranath Tagore started a school in Shantiniketan itself.
The great writer Tagore had a vision of the world, he believed that man should exist in complete harmony with nature and hence he laid the foundation of a school. He named it “Patha Bhavan”, which started with only five students. Unlike a classroom with four walls, learning in an open-air classroom became a reality with the inauguration of this school. When Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize, the school expanded into an international university, named Visva Bharati. The university now has two campuses, one at Shantiniketan and the other at Sriniketan which focus on handicrafts as well as village welfare, adult education, agriculture and cottage industries.
Visit these places of Shantiniketan
The place where Rabindranath Tagore spent most of his time in Shanti Niketan is known as Tagore House. Rabindranath Tagore’s father Devendranath had built this building. This building built in the architecture of Bengal is really beautiful. This building is quite beautiful. It is big and has many rooms. There are many pictures and paintings in this big building.
One of the most special places of Shanti Niketan is Kala Bhawan. As soon as you see Kala Bhawan, you will understand that it is related to culture and art. Visva Bharati Shiksha Sansthan is located in this Kala Bhawan. It was established by Rabindranath Tagore. .
Visva Bharati University
Visva Bharati University is one of the most special places of Shanti Niketan. Here you will get to see the ashram system. Classes are held under trees and students sit on the ground. The course of study here is also completely different. Connect with nature. The importance of education is explained here. It was started by Rabindranath Tagore in Shanti Niketan.
Ravindra Bharati Museum
If you want to know about Rabindranath Tagore and his literature, then you should visit Rabindra Bharati Museum. In this museum of Shanti Niketan, you will find all the literary and artistic creations of Rabindranath Tagore.
If you want to see Shanti Niketan and the Bengali atmosphere, then you should see Sonajhuri Haat. Sonajhuri Haat is organized once a week in Shanti Niketan. In this weekly haat, artists come from rural areas and sell the goods made by their own hands. You will like the paintings very much. People of Santhal tribe will also be seen dancing and singing in this market.
How to reach Shanti Niketan
By Train: The easiest way to reach Shanti Niketan is by train. The nearest railway station is Bolpur which is just 2 to 3 km from Shanti Niketan. Is at a distance of. Bolpur Junction is well connected to Howrah and Sealdah railway stations of Kolkata.
If you are planning to come to Shanti Niketan by flight, then the nearest airport is Kolkata’s Dum Dum. Shanti Niketan is about 200 km from the airport. Is at a distance of. You can easily reach Shantiniketan by bus.
If you are thinking of going to Shanti Niketan by road, then you can easily reach via Kolkata. If you are going by bus, then buses to Shanti Niketan will be easily available from cities like Kolkata, Durgapur and Guwahati. If you have your own car then you will not face any problem.