Located at Cuttack in Orissa, the Netaji Birth Place Museum is an ancestral abode of the great son of the Indian soil, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. His very name is so powerful that it would not fail in reviving the passion of revolution and patriotism in any Indian. His sacrifices and struggle for the nation can never be forgotten, and have already gained a permanent position in the golden pages of the history of Indian Independence.
Janakinath was the father of Netaji and for this reason the place is also referred as Janakinath Bhawan. Born in the year 1897, Netaji shared the house with his huge family of eight brothers and six sisters. The house is a two storied L-shaped building with a temple at the back side. It also has a big stable on the other end. The place has been renovated completely and accorded the status of a museum in the year 2007.
The living rooms of the house have been converted into galleries displaying different photographs of Netaji and his family members. The photographs depict his story at different stages of his life. Netaji Birth Place Museum also contains the old household furniture used by the family in earlier times. There is a library section in the house, which contains the important documents, 22 original letters written by Netaji and a number of books highlighting the biography of Netaji. It also contains the Vedas and other Upanishads.
The museum’s gallery also showcases the sophisticated toilets of those days used in the Janakinath Bhawan. Government has also made efforts to repair the dilapidated old stable and horse cart used by the Bose family. The place celebrates the birthday of Netaji every year, with prayers, cultural programs and blood donation camps. Visit the Netaji Birth Place Museum to relive the olden time and feel the patriotic zeal of Indian freedom fighters. This place attracts many historians every year.
The best time to visit this place is during the winter month of January. The Museum celebrates Netaji’s birthday on January 23.The Museum is open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on all days except Sundays.