Crockety House a Colonial European styled bungalow in Kalimpong

Crookety House a Colonial European styled bungalow in Kalimpong

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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This is the house in Kalimpong in West Bengal where Helena Roerich spent the last years of her life. Helena Roerich was a  Russian theosophist and writer. She moved to Kalimpong in the year of 1949 with her son and lived in Crookety House, a bungalow built by the British in the 1940s. She is believed to have carried on the work prescribed by Master Morya over the next seven years. The Russian philosopher’s main aim was to spread the message of Agni Yoga (Living Ethics).

Today, Crookety House is the seat of Agni Yoga. Helena Roerich spent most of the years in the Crookety House where she wrote, painted, and meditated on a lawn from where one could breathe the fresh Himalayan air. In 1955, Helena Roerich suffered two heart attacks and passed away in her sleep at the age of 76. Helena Roerich’s body was cremated and her ashes were placed in a Buddhist stupa which is located in the compound of the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist monastery.

Now, Crookety House has been converted into a museum and is managed by the Italian admirers of the Roerich family. The Himalayan Institute of Ethics and Good Living was also established by the Italian admirers of the Roerich family. The place is beautifully maintained and it is one of the must-visit places in the small town of Kalimpong. It is a quiet and peaceful place for a lover of books and it is surely worth a visit.

Crookety House is a Colonial European-styled bungalow built by the British in the 18th century. It is an amazing place to just sit quietly and enjoy the ambiance. This old-fashioned and charming house stands in Kalimpong reminiscent of the British period. This bungalow is unique because of its exquisite architectural design and beautiful surroundings. From this house, Rabindra Nath Tagore broadcasted his beautiful work "Janmadin" on his birthday on All India Radio. 


2 Comments

  • DB     November 24, 2022

Good info, except for 2 points. Crokerywas built by the daughter abd son in law or Dr Graham’s and not by a wool trader. Also Rabindra Nath Tagore stayed in another house nearby called Gauripur House, and not at Crokety.


    • Ian Graham     April 01, 2024

    The architect was Norman Odling, a son-in-law of Dr Graham who also designed the large house immediately below Crookety, originally called Glen Rilli. Crookety was the house of Betty Sherriff, Dr Graham's daughter and her husband George Sherriff. The house was named after the house that Betty Sherriff lived in when living in Devonshire, England.


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