At 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 Matrimandir, a huge gold disc-clad sphere, which seems to be rising out of the earth, symbolises the birth of a new consciousness.
It is situated in a large open area called 'Peace', which is planned to be the site of beautifully landscaped gardens creating different atmospheres, from where the evolving township begins to radiate outwards.
The atmosphere within and around the Matrimandir is quiet and charged, and the area naturally beautiful, even though at present large parts of it are still under construction/development. Literally, 'Temple of the Mother' (though it is not in fact a temple) and located at the heart of the township, the Matrimandir is seen as the "soul of Auroville".
It contains an all-white marble-clad Inner Chamber with a wall-to-wall white carpet, where a beam of light focuses down onto a 70 cm diameter optical quality glass globe surrounded by 12 white pillars.
The spacious inner meditation chamber is a haven of white silence. In the Chamber’s centre sits a pure crystal globe whose radiating light is the symbol of future realisations.The Inner Chamber is devoid of images, organised meditations, flowers, incense, religion or religious forms. The Mother, who saw this inner chamber in a vision, regarded it as “the central Force of Auroville, the cohesive Force of Auroville” and the “symbol of the Divine’s answer to man’s aspiration for perfection.”
There are no images, no organised meditations, no flowers, no incense, no religions or religious forms. It is a place, in the Mother's words "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."
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.
The Matrimandir GardensThe Park of UnityThe Mother named the 12 Gardens around the Matrimandir: Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, Light, Life, Power, Wealth, Utility, Progress, Youth, Harmony, Perfection. They seem to represent what She called “the twelve powers of the Mother manifested for Her work”; and Sri Aurobindo wrote that these “12 powers are the vibrations that are necessary for the complete manifestation.”To visit the Matrimandir Viewing Point and the Inner Chamber please go to this page.