Sri Aurobindo Ashram:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the major tourist attractions in Puducherry. This temple is located on rue de la Marine (Ranga Pillai Street). This ashram was established by great philosopher Sri Aurobindo Ghose in the year 1926. Sri Aurobindo was born on 15th August 1872 in Calcutta. He came to Pondicherry in 1910 to flee harassment by the British rulers. In Pondicherry, he was impressed by the spiritualism and exposed the power of Yoga. He quit politics and devoted entirely towards spiritual life and work. The French musician and painter Mirra Alfassa impressed by Sri Aurobindo philosophy and stayed back in Pondicherry. Later, she called as The Mother.

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The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is founded in November 1926 and full charge was given to The Mother. Sri Aurobindo and The Mother lived most of their lives in this Ashram.  In main Aurobindo ashram building, the courtyards are final resting place of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Currently, this Ashram is administrated by Aurobindo Ashram Trust. This Ashram includes many departments, publishing department, schools, libraries, etc. The Aurobindo Ashram is open for travelers visit between 8am to 12 noon and 2pm to 6pm. The children below three years not allowed.

The photography is strictly prohibited in Ashram premises. Travelers can buy books by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo at the Ashram. You can also get these publications at Publication department SABDA. The Ashram provide timely to all their members to lead a healthy and decent life. The trust looks after the basic requirement of poor people such as food, clothing and shelter. The mausoleum and Samadhi is frequently visited by both local and foreign travelers from all over the world. The frangipani tree is main highlight in this Ashram. The visitors can participate in collective meditation by getting pass from Ashram Guest Houses or Bureau Central.

Brief Timeline:

15 August 1872 Sri Aurobindo’s birthday
21 February 1878 The Mother’s birthday
24 April 1920 The Mother’s final arrival in Pondicherry
24 November 1926 Siddhi day or the day of Victory
02 December 1943 Mother inaugurates the opening of a new school 
5 December 1950 Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi day
9 December 1950 Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi day
29 February 1956 Day of the Supramental Manifestation
17 November 1973 The Mother’s Mahasamadhi day
20 November 1973 The Mother’s body laid to rest