Visiting the Matrimandir

How To Make the Most of Your Visit

The Matrimandir is a place for individual silent concentration.

A place which should be visited in a quiet, physical and mental state.

It is not a ‘tourist’ site.

Guidelines for visiting the Matrimandir

Viewing the Matrimandir

The Matrimandir Viewing Point, south of the Park of Unity, is a raised garden area which offers visitors a beautiful view of the Matrimandir and its surroundings.

Visits to the Matrimandir Viewing Point are free of cost. The free passes can be obtained at the Auroville Visitors Centre, after watching a short introductory video on Matrimandir.

Timing for visits (starting from the Visitors Centre)

• Daily from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm

Way to the Matrimandir Viewing Point:

A partially shaded walk of about 10 minutes leads from the Visitors Centre directly to the Viewing Point. However, a diversion has been created for those visitors who may also wish to see Bharat Nivas, Unity Pavilion and Savitri Bhavan in the International Zone on their way to the Viewing Point. This is a walk of about 30 minutes. Please inquire at the counter where passes to the Viewing Point are issued.

A free electric shuttle service is available to the Viewing Point for those who may find it difficult to walk. 

To return to the Visitors Centre, we encourage those who can, to take the short 10-minute walk. A free bus service is available for the return journey from the Viewing Point for those who need it. 

Free passes to the Viewing Point must be obtained directly by the visitors themselves and not be left to agents, guides, tour operators, autorickshaw/taxi/bus drivers, etc.

The cooperation of all is solicited to help maintain peace and tranquillity around the Matrimandir by leaving vehicles (private or hired) at the Visitors Centre Parking. Vehicle Access to the Matrimandir is restricted and not provided to private or hired vehicles.

General information on the Matrimandir can be obtained every day at the Information Desk at the Visitors Centre, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. This includes an introductory video on Matrimandir offered in various languages.

Concentration in the Matrimandir

The Matrimandir is a place for silent individual concentration.

Those seeking to concentrate in the Matrimandir are requested to inquire at the Information Desk of the Visitors Centre after visiting the Viewing Point.  

Prior booking of at least a day or two in advance is required to access the Matrimandir. Bookings for concentration are given for the following day or the first possible day as per availability. Bookings are accepted only up to a week in advance. We request visitors to book at least 3-7 days in advance to avoid disappointment.

Based on the guidelines given by the Mother, Group Bookings are not accepted for concentration in the Inner Chamber of the Matrimandir. It is a place for individual concentration.

Only children of 10 years and above are allowed into the Matrimandir. All accompanying children below that age will be asked to stay back at the Visitors Centre with an adult. 

In case of rainy weather conditions, the Matrimandir will be closed and all bookings for that day will be cancelled.
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Matrimandir Website & Newsletter

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


Matrimandir Newsletter is a quarterly publication which gives 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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