Jyoti Bharati (Poki) is the ancestral home of Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, the doyen of Assamese culture. Constructed in 1874 by Hari Bilash Agarwalla, grand father of Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Poki was one of the first pucca houses in Tezpur. The architecture of Poki is a subtle blend of Rajasthani and Ahom styles. The walls of 2% feet thickness are made of small flat bricks. There is a 50X 20 rectangular courtyard in centre of the house with flat stones laid in floor.
Poki had been host to galaxy of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Lala Lajpat Rai, Motilal Nehru, Madan Mohan Malviya Aruna Asaf Ali, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Raja Gopalachari, Acharya Narendra Dev, etc, during Freedom Movement. The Agarwalla family handed over the building and its premises to Government of Assam in 1977 for its preservation as a monument. In 1978 Jyoti Bharati a cultural centre was setup and housed at Poki. In 1982 the State Public Works Department under took renovation of Poki.