Visit to the Samadhi
You can go to the Samadhi for pranam and meditation from 8.00 a.m. to noon and from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. After 6.00 p.m. a visitor’s pass is required to enter. Passes can be issued if you are staying in an Ashram Guest House or by Bureau Central.
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday there is a collective meditation around the samadhi from 7.25 to 7.50 p.m. All those with a visitor pass are welcome to join.
On Thursday and Sunday, a collective meditation is held in the Ashram Playground between 7.45 and 8.15 p.m. This is open only to members of the Ashram and those visitors staying in the Ashram guest houses who have been given Playground passes. These must be shown at the gate.
Exhibition and Video Programmes at Bureau Central
The exhibition is an introduction to the life and yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother through their own writings. It also offers a glimpse into the Ashram and its activities.
Everyday, except Sundays, there is a video presentation on one of several topics. The video programmes present the life and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the Ashram, flowers and their spiritual significances, etc.
Autocare Services operates two tours every weekday: at 8.15 a.m., to see the Ashram and some of its departments, and at 1.30 p.m., to visit Auroville (Matrimandir Viewing Point).
Visitors can purchase the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, books written about them or their vision, philosophy, and system of yoga, as wells as photographs, gift cards, CDs and DVDs, etc. The Service Branch of the Publication Department is located inside the Ashram compound in the reception area near the Samadhi. The Kripa Branch is located diagonally across the road.
The Ashram Library
The Library has a large collection of books and periodicals available for reading on site.
The notice board inside the Ashram main building announces cultural programmes in such fields as music, dance, art, poetry, and theatre. These are open to visitors. Some special programmes may require entry passes, but that would be indicated on the notice board.
If you plan to stay for a longer time, it may be possible to offer service in an Ashram department.
Visit to Auroville and the Matrimandir
Autocare Services offers conducted tours to the Auroville Visitors Centre and the Matrimandir Viewing Point. Visitors who wish to stay longer in Auroville may visit the Auroville website for information.