Matrimandir

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Matrimandir
Auroville Mantra Mandir
Matrimandir.JPG
Central Globe of Matrimandir
General information
Town or city Auroville
Country Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 12°00′26″N 79°48′38″E / 12.007208°N 79.810658°E / 12.007208; 79.810658Coordinates: 12°00′26″N 79°48′38″E / 12.007208°N 79.810658°E / 12.007208; 79.810658
Groundbreaking 21 February 1971
Completed February 2008
Design and construction
Architect The Mother
Roger Anger
Website
http://www.auroville.org/thecity/matrimandir/mm_main.htm
Matrimandir and the banyan tree, the centre of Auroville

The Matrimandir (Sanskrit for Temple of The Mother) is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situated at the centre of Auroville initiated by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is called soul of the city and is situated in a large open space called Peace. Matrimandir does not belong to any particular religion or sect.

Structure and surroundings[edit]

Sri Aurobindo

Family
Rajnarayan Basu (Maternal grandfather) • Manmohan Ghose (Elder brother) • Barin Ghosh (Younger brother) • Krishna Kumar Mitra (Maternal uncle)
Books
Collected Works • Life Divine • Synthesis of Yoga • Savitri • Agenda
Teachings
Involution/Involution • Evolution • Integral psychology • Integral yoga • Intermediate zone • Supermind
Places
Matrimandir • Pondicherry
Communities
Sri Aurobindo Ashram • Auroville
Disciples
The Mother • Champaklal • N.K. Gupta • Amal Kiran • Nirodbaran • Pavitra • M.P. Pandit • P.K. Bhattacharya • A.B. Purani • D.K. Roy • Satprem • Indra Sen • Kapali Shastri
Journals and Forums
Arya • Mother India • Collaboration
Integral education
Auro University • The Mother's International School • CIIS • Esalen

The Matrimandir took 37 years to build, from the laying of the foundation stone at sunrise on 21 February 1971 - the Mother’s 93rd birthday - to completion in May 2008. It is in the form of a huge sphere surrounded by twelve pedestals. The Geodesic dome is covered by golden discs and reflects sunlight, which gives the structure its characteristic radiance. Inside this central dome is a meditation hall known as the inner chamber - this contains the largest optically-perfect glass globe in the world. The Matrimandir, and its surrounding gardens in the central Peace Area, is fully open to the public by appointment.

Matrimandir, Auroville

The four main pillars that support the structure of Matrimandir, and carry the Inner Chamber, have been set at the four main directions of the compass. These four pillars are symbolic of the four aspects of the mother as described by Sri Aurobindo, and are named after these four aspects.


Four great Aspects of the Mother, four of her leading Powers and Personalities have stood in front in her guidance of this Universe and in her dealings with the terrestrial play [1]
Name Symbolism
Maheshwari (south pillar) "...her personality of calm wideness and comprehending wisdom and tranquil benignity and inexhaustible compassion and sovereign and surpassing majesty and all-ruling greatness".[1]
Mahakali (north pillar) "...her power of splendid strength and irresistible passion, her warrior mood, her overwhelming will, her impetuous swiftness and world-shaking force".[1]
Mahalakshmi (east pillar) "...vivid and sweet and wonderful with her deep secret of beauty and harmony and fine rhythm, her intricate and subtle opulence, her compelling attraction and captivating grace".[1]
Mahasaraswati (west pillar) "...equipped with her close and profound capacity of intimate knowledge and careful flawless work and quiet and exact perfection in all things".[1]
Matri Mandir

Controversies[edit]

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, founder of Aeon Center for Cosmology, contends that the Matrimandir was not built according to the specifications of the Mother's original blueprints.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Aurobindo, Sri. The Mother p36-37 (Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1987, ISBN 81-7058-059-5)
  2. ^ Matrimandir action committee

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