On 27th September 2022 morning we went to visit Matrimandir with pre-booking. At the office we parked our car.
In the middle of the town is the Matrimandir, which was conceived by Alfassa as "a symbol of the Divine's answer to man's aspiration for perfection". Silence is maintained inside the Matrimandir to ensure the tranquility of the space and the entire area surrounding the Matrimandir is called the Peace area. Inside the Matrimandir, a spiraling ramp leads upwards to an air-conditioned chamber of polished white marble referred to as "a place to find one's consciousness".
Matrimandir is equipped with a solar power plant and is surrounded by manicured gardens. When there is no sun or after the sunset, the sunray on the globe is replaced by a beam from a solar-powered light.
For visiting Matrimandir from inside or from Matrimandir view point one has to do booking at office. For elderly people they provide bus service free if cost. From drop point you have to walk for 10 minutes. On the way to Matrimandir View point we saw a huge Baniyan tree.
By late 1965, the time had come to define the centre of Auroville. Roger Anger, the French architect to whom the Mother had asked to design the future town, brought to her a map of the area north of Puducherry. She was in her room at the Ashram and had probably never set foot in that area, for at that time there was no motorable road leading to it. She concentrated and pointed to a particular area on the map.
The architect took a jeep and drove to the area she had pointed at and found there a solitary banyan tree in an almost totally barren plateau overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The Mother was very happy about the presence of a banyan tree, a tree regarded as sacred in India and decided to make it Auroville’s geographical centre. This Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) belongs to the Ficus (fig tree) family and is now probably a little more than a hundred years old. The Banyan Tree, with its peculiar aerial roots is spread across at a diameter of 50 meters (164 feet). From Matrimandir view point again by Auroville bus we were back to office and then by our car to Atithi Gruh guest house.