Dawn Fire Gatherings
The Dawn-fire Meditation at the Amphitheatre of the Matrimandir is an opportunity for individuals to experience inner silence in a unique collective setting. A particular mystic charm pervades the Amphitheatre during the gatherings of Aurovilians and guests at dawn on particular dates.
On the occasion of Auroville's anniversary (February 28), of Sri Aurobindo's birthday (August 15) and on leap years on February 29 (descent of the Supramental), people gather together at dawn in silence to concentrate and meditate on the aspiration for which Auroville exists.
A big fire is prepared at the centre of the Amphitheatre. In all celebrations, special flower arrangements and inspiring recordings create an intense atmosphere of collective spirituality.
Aurovilians and guests are welcome to be a part of the dawn fires. To maintain the special atmosphere, everyone is requested to maintain complete silence.
Please note that Bags, Cellphones, Cameras, Tablets and other recording devices are strictly not allowed in the Park of Unity, the Matrimandir Gardens and the Amphitheatre.
You may leave your belongings at home, in your vehicle or deposit them at the ‘Custody Facility’ near the designated parking area outside the Park of Unity. Matrimandir. Management will take utmost care of your items, but will not be responsible for theft or damage of items deposited at the “Custody Facility’.
The dawn-fire meditation generally starts at 4:45 a.m. and goes on until 6.30 a.m. Entrance is from the Second Banyan Gate, from 4 a.m. and guests are expected to be seated by 4:45 a.m.
The gate will remain closed from 5.00 to 5.45 am
Please make sure to read the latest announcements from the Matrimandir team sent out a few days before the Dawn-fire dates.
Matrimandir LayoutTemple of the MotherAt the very centre of Auroville stands the Matrimandir, a magnificent golden sphere whose elegant architectural form symbolises the birth of a new consciousness. The Sanskrit word “Matrimandir’ means “Temple of the Mother” referring to the evolutionary, conscious and intelligent principle of Life which leads the human journey from its present limitations into the next stage of its evolutionary adventure.To visit the Matrimandir Viewing Point and the Inner Chamber, please go to this page.
The Banyan TreeGeographical Centre of the CityBanyan trees are, in general, considered to be sacred in India and worshiped across the country. The Mother selected the Banyan tree as the geographical centre of the city. This Banyan tree is more than 100 years old and during the beginning of the construction of the Matrimandir was the only tree on the barren plateau. An integral part of the Matrimandir complex, the Banyan Tree, with its peculiar aerial roots is spread across a diameter of 50 meters (164 feet). Visitors can view the Banyan Tree, which is located to the west of Matrimandir, from the viewing point.
The AmphitheatreA Space for Dawn Fire and Silent GatheringsLocated adjacent to the Matrimandir and the central Banyan Tree at the heart of Auroville, the Amphitheatre has as its focal point a marble-clad urn containing soil placed in it by representatives of the 124 nations and 23 Indian States that participated in the Auroville inauguration ceremony in 1968.