Debendranath Tagore Biography
Birthday: May 15, 1817 (Taurus)
Born In: Kolkata
Debendranath Tagore was an Indian religious reformer and Hindu philosopher. He was one of the founders of the Brahmo religion. Born into a wealthy landowning family, he began his formal education at the age of nine and was taught Sanskrit, Persian, English, and Western philosophy. Deeply affected by the death of his grandmother to whom he was greatly attached, he was drawn to religion and began contemplating the meaning and nature of life. He commenced a deep study of religious literature, particularly the Upanishads and soon became uninterested in worldly affairs and began his search for the almighty. Debendranath Tagore was a deeply devout man who spread his religious understanding by forming the ‘Tattvabodhini Sabha’ which he later merged with the Brahmo Sabha. His role in the Bengal renaissance and the rejuvenation of Hinduism is of considerable significance. A philanthropist and social activist, he believed in democracy and his efforts helped to influence a generation of Indians. Often addressed as ‘Maharshi’, he was undoubtedly one of the greatest religious intellectuals born in India.