Auroville & Visiting Matrimandir

Visiting MatriMandir

General information on the Matrimandir can be obtained every day from the Information Desk at Auroville’s Visitors Centre, 09:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 17:00. This includes an introductory video on the Matrimandir offered in various languages.

Passes for the Matrimandir Viewing Point can be obtained only at the Visitors Centre – free of cost. The Matrimandir Viewing Point is a raised garden area which offers a beautiful view of the Matrimandir and its surroundings.

Timings for issuing of Passes at the Visitors Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:00
Sunday – 09:00 to 13:00 only, afternoon closed

For a first visit to the Matrimandir Inner Chamber, one has to apply in person on individual basis (no telephone or e-mail booking is accepted for the first-time visitor) at the Visitors Centre; on all days, except Tuesday between 10:00 and 11:00 or 14:00 and 15:00. Bookings for groups are not entertained.

For more information on visiting the Matrimandir visit the Auroville Website

The international township of Auroville is a multidimensional and multicultural experiment, endorsed by UNESCO, with about 2800 inhabitants from over 50 countries. The aim of the project is to arrive, within the framework of building a city, at a living human unity through the coexistence of people of all nations based on the equality of all men.

However, Auroville is also a spiritual adventure. Its ideals are based on the world-embracing perspective of the Indian Yogi and philosopher Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner Mira Alfassa, also known as ‘The Mother’, who initiated the project in 1968. The guiding principle is the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, which emphasizes the collaborative work towards the evolution of a new consciousness that unites physical and spiritual realities.

The commitment of the Aurovilians resulted in development of inter-cultural, architectural, environmental, technological, educational and social projects and activities in the community. Some of these go far beyond the immediate project area and the regional environment and now extend to other parts of India and the world.

The Charter of Auroville

  1. Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
  2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
  3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
  4. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.

The Mother: 28 February 1968