The sacrosanct Inner Chamber: The inner chamber is the ultimate refuge for inner peace. Shaped like a cosmic egg, its white marble walls exude an active aura of austerity. What truly mesmerizes is the famous crystal globe- placed at the center of this chamber and lit up by a heliostat that directs the sun’s rays to it. The heliostat is ingenuous in design- it houses a mirror which rotates in consonance with the movement of the earth so that the sunlight is reflected constantly at the same angle, creating a constant lighting effect. A tour of the inner chamber allows one to sit and meditate in this peaceful environment, transfixed somewhere between human life and divinity.
Visiting the Matrimandir
You need to get a pass to go inside Matrimandir. If you are visiting Matrimandir for the first time, for obtaining the pass, you need to physically present at the visitor’s center to make an appointment. And you might get an appointment on the next day or the day after depending upon the availability. So this process takes at least 2 days. And all the services are free of cost.
Best time to visit the Matrimandir: 10 AM to 2 PM
Opening time of Matrimandir: Mon - Fri 9.30 AM - 12.30 PM & 1 PM to 4 PM
Things to do in Matrimandir: Meditate, sightseeing, photography
1. Matrimandir viewpoint:
This component of Matrimandir is relatively simple to visit. You can tour the Auroville anytime between 9 am to 4 pm on all days of the week, get on spot free tickets and visit the view point from the golden globe viewpoint.
- Passes can be obtained free of cost at Auroville's visitor centre after watching a short introductory video between 9 am and 4 pm from Mon to Sat and up to 1 pm on Sundays.
- There are shuttle services available to reach matrimandir from visitors centre for those who have difficulty in walking.
Entering the Matrimandir is little complicated. And needs getting prior tickets (free of cost) one day before at least.
2. How to enter Matrimandir meditation area?
You need to obtain passes previous day to enter the Matrimandir.
A day before :
- You have to visit Matrimandir information center one day before (except Tuesday) from 10 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3 pm
- You need to watch a introductory video called "Matrimandir" which will be shown at the info center itself
- The tickets are given for the next day, remember there is no entrance fee for the Matrimandir. Its free of cost but its mandatory to visit in person a day before and reserve the seat.
Visit day :
- Once you get the free tickets to enter Matrimandir, you have to visit Matrimandir on the next day.
- You should be present at the info center by 9 am, last entry allowed is at 9.45 am.
- The timing to the meditation center is from 9.35 am to 10.05 am for inner chamber and 9.30 am to 10.45 am for the petal meditation room.
- You cannot carry mobiles and cameras into the meditation center, make sure to deposit them in the deposit counter.
- Meditation center is closed on Tuesday.
You can find the complete details about the steps to enter Matrimandir in Auroville's official website. Make sure you read it thoroughly if planning to enter the Matrimandir meditation center.
These architectural features are a treat to the eyes, they make the Matrimandir stand in all aplomb, as a lotus in full bloom emerging from twelve large ‘petals’. As it dazzles with the glinting sun, one forgets all that is earthly and transports to the surreal world of spiritual bliss.
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