Debendranath Tagore

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Debendranath Tagore
Debendranath Tagore.jpg
Portrait of Debendranath Tagore
Born(1817-05-15)15 May 1817
Died19 January 1905(1905-01-19) (aged 87)
NationalityBritish Indian
OccupationReligious reformer
MovementBengal Renaissance
Spouse(s)Sarada Devi
Children14, including Dwijendranath Tagore, Satyendranath Tagore, Hemendranath Tagore, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Swarnakumari Tagore

Debendranath Tagore (15 May 1817 – 19 January 1905) was a Hindu philosopher and religious reformer, active in the Brahmo Samaj (earlier called Bhramho Sabha) (“Socie ty of Brahma,” also translated as Society of God). He was the founder in 1848 of the Brahmo religion, which today is synonymous with Brahmoism. Born in Shilaidaha, his father was the industrialist Dwarkanath Tagore; he himself had 14 children, many of whom, including Nobel-prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, made significant artistic or literary contributions to society.

Thakur Bari (House of Tagores)

Debendranath Tagore was born to the Tagore family in Jorasanko, popularly known as Jorasanko Thakur Bari in North-western Kolkata, which was later converted into a campus of the Rabindra Bharati University. The Tagore family, with over three hundred years of history,[2] has been one of the leading families of Calcutta, and is regarded as a key influence during the Bengal Renaissance.[2] The family has produced several persons who have contributed substantially in the fields of business, social and religious reformation, literature, art and music.[2][3]

Upasana Griha (Prayer Hall) in Santiniketan, built by Debendranath Tagore in 1863.


  1. ^ Chaudhuri, Narayan (2010) [1973]. Maharshi Debendranath Tagore. Makers of Indian Literature (2nd ed.). New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 11. ISBN 978-81-260-3010-1.
  2. ^ a b c Deb, Chitra, pp 64–65.
  3. ^ "The Tagores and Society". Rabindra Baharati University. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2007.

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