The Jharkhand High Court has directed the state government authorities to beautify the historic tourist site in Ranchi-Tagore Hill.
Tagore Hill has been a tourist site for the people of Ranchi. Most visitors walk and step up the hill atop and see a dilapidated building that are associated with the family member of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Though Rabindranath Tagore never came to meet him, his elder brother Jyotirindranath Tagore, who suffered from Tuberculosis, built the single-story building and stayed there till he was alive.
Since the entire Tagore Hill has been a tourist site in Ranchi, the dilapidated building and staircase and surrounding on granite stones were a major cause of concern for tourists. Against this backdrop, a PIL was filed seeking the court’s intervention to develop and modernise Tagore Hill.
In response, while hearing a PIL, a division bench presided by Chief Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra has ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to reconsider its decision not to accept the structures atop the 300-meter tall hill in Moradabadi area as an “ancient monument”, and hold them worthy of national importance.
In another PIL, the court also directed the government for the upkeep of the temple of much-revered Maa Chinnamastika, one of the 10 ‘Mahavidyas’ (Tantrik goddesses) at Rajrappa in Ramgarh district.
The Maa Chinnamastika was the place where the Raja of Ramgarh Raj gave 3 acres of land to the people in the Bhudhan Movement in Jharkhand long ago during post Indeoe dent period.
Chhinnamasta, the Hindu Divine Mother, can be easily identified by her fearsome iconography. The self-decapitated goddess holds her own severed head in one hand, and a scimitar in another.
Three jets of blood spurt out of her bleeding neck and are drunk by her severed head and two attendants. Recently, this Chhinnamasta temple gained limelight following the visit of superstar Rajnikanth on August 17, 2023.
As far as Tagore Hill is concerned it is around 300 feet high and 4 KM. The hilltop has a long associated history with the revered poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s elder brother Jyotirindranath Tagore.
Though Ravindranath Tagore never visited this spot, Jyotirindranath Tagore, who suffered from tuberculosis got settled here in 1912 after the death of his wife, Kadambari Devi. Jyotirindranath built a house named Shanti Dham and a monument named Brahma Sthal. He later died in 1925 and is learnt to have been cremated there.
The Centre of Divyayan and Agararian Vocational Institute along with the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is also located on the premises of this hill. It's a place of attraction for Jharkhand Tourism due to its connection with the great poet Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother.