The Soul of the City

At the very centre of Auroville one finds the 'soul of the city', the Matrimandir, situated in a large open area called 'Peace', from where the township radiates outwards. The atmosphere is quiet and charged, and the area beautiful, even though work continues in the Gardens.

To visit the Matrimandir Viewing Point and the Inner Chamber please go to this page.

The Matrimandir will be the soul of Auroville.
The sooner the soul is there, the better it will be
for everybody and especially for the Aurovilians.
The Mother
A place...for trying to find one's consciousness.
It is like the Force, the central Force of Auroville, the cohesive Force of Auroville.
The Mother
The Matrimandir

The Matrimandir can be viewed as a large golden sphere which seems to be emerging out of the earth, symbolising the birth of a new consciousness. Since the past 50 years, the Matrimandir's slow and steady progress towards completion has been followed by many.

While walking through the lovely green Matrimandir Gardens (divided into 12 individually named parks such as "Harmony", "Bliss", Perfection", Progress", "Consciousness", etc., each with their variety of flowers, shrubs and trees), one's attention is greatly drawn to this important and powerful feature at the heart of the city which was seen by the Mother as the "symbol of the Divine's answer to man's aspiration for perfection" and as "the central cohesive force" for the growth of Auroville.
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Evolutionary Principle

The name 'Matrimandir' literally means 'Temple of the Mother.' According to Sri Aurobindo's teaching, the 'Mother' concept stands for the great evolutionary, conscious and intelligent principle of Life, the Universal Mother, which seeks to help humanity move beyond its present limitations into the next stage of its evolutionary adventure, the supramental consciousness.

"The Mother is the consciousness and force of the Supreme and far above all she creates. But something of her ways can be seen and felt through her embodiments and the more seizable because more defined and limited temperament and action of the goddess forms in whom she consents to be manifest to her creatures."
Sri Aurobindo

To know more about the Universal Mother, read Sri Aurobindo's small book The Mother, in which he describes the nature, character and role of the Divine Mother. 

The Mother on Matrimandir as a Symbol and Force

Matrimandir is here to teach people that it is not by escaping from the world while ignoring it, that they will realise the Divine in life. Matrimandir must be the symbol of this Truth. I don't want it to be made into a religion; with all my force I refuse. We don't want dogmas, principles, ritual, absolutely not, absolutely not.

Q.: Why do we build Matrimandir?

For the great majority of Indians there is no need for an explanation; they know from their background; it is for the Westerners and the Americans of whom one in a million is able to feel that it is necessary.

Q.: Will the Force be more specially concentrated in Matrimandir?

The new Force works everywhere, especially in this room. You feel it, don't you? There is here a density capable of performing miracles, but few are able to feel it, to perceive it. Sri Aurobindo and I have concentrated this Force on the whole town; it is palpable, perceptible as a very concrete perfume which penetrates, but one must be able to feel it, to receive it. But no miracles as people would like to see; for them to believe, they need material proofs without which they deny. Build Matrimandir; put in place my symbol and Sri Aurobindo’s and the suspended globe. I take it upon myself to make it into a very powerful centre. Only those who are capable will perceive it.

(Noted down by Roger Anger after a conversation, 07.71)

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And let it not become a religion, for heaven’s sake!

(Verbal, 31.12.69)

Inner Chamber

The spacious Inner Chamber in the upper hemisphere of the Matrimandir is completely white, with white marble walls and deep, white carpeting. In the centre sits a pure crystal-glass globe which suffuses a ray of electronically guided sunlight that falls on it through an opening at the apex of the sphere. This luminescent globe radiates natural lighting in the Inner Chamber.

"The most important thing is this: the play of the sun on the centre. Because that becomes the symbol, the symbol of future realisations."

The Inner Chamber is devoid of images, organised meditations, flowers, incense, religion or religious forms.

To find One's Consciousness

The Matrimandir is there for "those who want to learn to concentrate.." "No fixed meditations, none of all that, but they should stay there in silence, in silence and concentration. A place for trying to find one's consciousness."

No Religion

"Let it not become a religion", the Mother said. "The failure of religions is... because they were divided. They wanted people to be religious to the exclusion of other religions, and every branch of knowledge has been a failure because it has been exclusive.

What the new consciousness wants (it is on this that it insists) is: no more divisions.

To be able to understand the spiritual extreme, the material extreme, and to find the meeting point, the point where that becomes a real force."

Read more about Matrimandir in the section "Building Matrimandir".

Building Matrimandir, Labour of Love - A Documentary

Watch this documentary on the building and construction of the Matrimandir.

Produced and directed by the late Doris Kalker, Auroville Video Production, 2008
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Matrimandir Website & Newsletter 

The Matrimandir website features frequent updates on the progress of Matrimandir and rich photographs of the gardens and the Matrimandir itself. 


Matrimandir Newsletter is a quarterly publication which updates on the continuing progress of the works inside and outside the Matrimandir, from the Inner Chamber to the Heliostat, to the Disks, to the Petals, to the Gardens, to the Lake.

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