Aurobindo Ashram has been named after its founder the great Freedom Fighter and spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo Ghosh.
Aurobindo Ashram has been named after its founder the great Freedom Fighter and spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo Ghosh. The foundation of this ashram was laid on 24th November in the year 1926 when he was surrounded by his disciples all over after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry. The day this ashram was set up is known as the founding day of the ashram which has been described by Sri Aurobindo in his writings as 'less been created than grown around me as its centre'. This ashram was set up with the aim of helping people attain moksha and inner peace. Thousands of tourists from all over the country visit the ashram to experience and achieve spiritual knowledge.
Mirra Alfassa who was one of Aurobindo's followers, popularly known as Mother took care of the Aurobindo Ashram after his death in 1950.
There is a library and the main building can be accessed only after receiving a gate pass from the Bureau Central or guest houses of the Ashram. In addition to this, the ashram also has a spiritual centre which consists of four houses which were inhabited by the Mother and Sri Aurobindo for different intervals of time. The Ashram surrounds a tree-shaded courtyard, at the centre of which lies the flower-covered 'Samadhi'. This white marble shrine holds the physical remains of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in two separate chambers. The samadhi in the courtyard under the frangipani tree where the bodies of Mother and Sri Aurobindo were buried is the main point of the Ashram. People come to pay their respect every day by laying flowers on it. Pondicherry has become an important destination for spiritual seekers as well as tourists because of Aurobindo Ashram. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to the ashram.
The visiting hours for the visitors are from 8 am to 12 noon and then again from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Collective meditations at Ashram takes place at 7:25 PM - 7:50 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and no pass is required for this.
Collective meditation at playground takes place at 7:45 PM - 8:15 PM on Thursday and Sunday which is accessible to Ashramites and people residing in the guest houses only. The dining hall of Ashram is few meters away from the main building where you can get meals. However, it can be accessed only after obtaining a pass from Bureau Central.
The timings are as below:
Breakfast- 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Lunch- 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Dinner- 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
An exhibition is organized at Bureau Central as an introduction to the life of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother using their writings. It also gives an insight into the Ashram and the daily tasks undertaken within. Except for Sunday, a video presentation takes place on all the other days which depicts the life and literary works of Sri Aurobindo as well as the Mother, flowers and their significance, the Ashram and much more. Children below 3 years are not allowed inside the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Also cameras cannot be carried inside and the bags should be kept outside only.