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Aurobindo Ashram

History

Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded in the year 1926 by the very well known freedom fighter, philosopher, poet and yoga guru Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurbindo Ashram is a large institution in the downtown area of Pondicherry that provides various charitable benefits to the area like free medical facilities, a publishing house and much more.

In 1903, Sri Aurobindo began the practice of Yoga in Baroda and in 1910 he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry to devote himself entirely to his inner spiritual life and work. Sri Aurobindo founded the Ashram with his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa, also known as ‘the Mother’ who was in charge of the Ashram.

Aurobindo, throughout his life preached his disciples the idea of a peaceful community in this Ashram. He evolved a new method of spiritual practice that he names as the Integral Yoga. The aim of Internal Yoga is to lead one towards a spiritual realisation that liberates man's consciousness and transforms his nature.

The Ashram comprises many buildings and houses around 1,200 members and 400 students from diversified communities. Aurobindo Ashram has various departments that maintain the basic needs of its members. The inmates of the Ashram engage themselves in different activities in farms, libraries, gardens, and small-scale industries like printing press. The Ashram also includes the School for Perfect Eyesight. Sri Aurobindo died in the year 1950 and the Ashram now draws a lot of respect as a Samadhi place (memorial) of Sri Aurobindo.

The Ashram has a very peaceful atmosphere that is meant for meditation and attracts thousands of people every year.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Ashram is anytime between the months of November and January. The Ashram organizes various activities while celebrating the birthdays of Shri Aurobindo, The Mother, New Year, and Christmas during these months.

Trivia

The School for Perfect Eyesight in the Ashram is a centre that promotes the use of the Bates method that claims to improve and restore vision without the use of glasses, by just relaxing the strain on one's eye.

Timing

The Ashram is open to the public daily between 4:30 am till 11:00 pm for paying your respects or pranam and meditation.


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