This is a spiritual community located in the Indian territory of Puducherry. This is a unique community which holds the beautiful and serene part of the Puducherry.
The history goes like this, the ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo (he was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet.) after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910.
On 24 November 1926, after a major spiritual realization, Sri Aurobindo withdrew from public view in order to continue his spiritual work. At this time he handed over the full responsibility for the inner and outer lives of the sadhaks (spiritual aspirants) and the ashram to his spiritual collaborator, “the Mother”, earlier known as Mirra Alfassa. This date is therefore generally known as the founding-day of the ashram, though, as Sri Aurobindo himself wrote, it had “less been created than grown around him as its center.”
The Aurobindo Ashram is a definite first on the list of every traveler to Puducherry.
It is the resting place of Shri Aurobindo & The Mother (Mira Alfassa), situated not far from the Beach Promenade & Manakula Vinayagar Temple. The Discipline & Silence that the management maintains is commendable. They do not allow tourists to go into the other parts of the Ashram for reasons best known to them. There is a book store in the Ashram. The complete Works of Sri Aurobindo are being issued in 37 volumes, of which 34 have been published. The Collected Works of the Mother have been issued in 17 volumes.
You are asked to take off your footwear across the street and walk in barefoot. Cell phones are asked to be turned off and the use of cameras is strictly prohibited. You will notice a well maintained garden near to the main shrine.
Personally, l loved to see pieces of some of the many interesting books to view for my educational purposes. But overall, this was a very moving experience to view people appreciate the person who’s credited with starting yoga and meditation.