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Uttarayan Complex

History

Uttarayan Complex is a place of immense prestige and importance, not just in West Bengal but indeed the entire country. It is here that one of the greatest, and certainly the most famous gem of pro-Independence literature clerisy, Rabindranath Tagore lived his life.

A collection of several buildings, each with its own distinct architecture, the complex is as much a study of architectural nuances, as it is of the life of Tagore. Among the many buildings present here is a Prayer Hall, built in the year 1863 by Tagore’s father, Maharshi Debendranath Tagore, where devotees used to pray to the Lord Brahma. Also present are an elaborate art gallery and a museum that admits the Nobel Prize medal that was awarded to him in 1913, as well as a bangle and a watch that Tagore used to embellish himself with. The walls of the gallery are adorned with exceptional murals. The complete Complex encompasses five architectural geniuses, houses in which Rabindranath Tagore used to stay, that are Konarka, Udayana, Shamali, Punassha and Udichi.

Best time to visit

The maximum temperature during summers is a scorching 40°C and above and as such April to July should be avoided. The winters witness low temperatures of around 10°C. The best time to visit the complex is between the months of August and March.

Trivia

The months of August to September witness the Poush Mela, which is an annual fair that marks the start of the harvest season.The fair is vivid and captures the imagination, with several dandy festivities on display.

Timing

Wednesday is the prayer day and the complex is closed on this day.


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