Santiniketan is a low-pitched towns muckle near Bolpur in the Birbhum territorial dominion of West Bengal, India, and approximately 180 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
It was made famous by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town ( Visva-Bharati University ) that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Shantiniketan is a tourist attraction also because Rabindranath lived hither and penned many of his literary classics (namely Tagore songs, poems, novels etc.) and his home is a place of historical importance.
Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, while on a boat move to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and meadows of libertine green paddy fields. Rows of chhatim trees and date palms charmed him. He halt to look, decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Santiniketan (abode of peace).
Santiniketan became a spiritual centre where people from all religions were invited to join for meditation and prayers. He founded an Ashram here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Brahmo Samaj.
Later on December 22nd 1901, Devendranaths son, Rabindranath Tagore started a school at Santiniketan named Brahmachary Asrama modelled on the lines of the ancient gurukul system. After he received the Nobel Prize which enhanced not only the reserve of India but also theÂ Prestige of SantiniketanÂ the school was expanded into a university. It was renamed Visva Bharati, its symbolic meaning being defined by Tagore as where the world makes a home in a nest. The aim of this educational institute was the quest for truth, blending the methods of culture of the East and West. Visva Bharati, now more than a hundred old age old, is one of the most prestigious universities of...If you want to get a full essay, order it on our website: Orderessay
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