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  • Tony K
    New York36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A serene oasis of spirituality!!!
    I visited the Meditation Center at Matrimandir Oroville during my trip to Auroville. The meditation center is located in the center of Auroville, in a large open area called the Peace Area. It is a stunning structure that resembles a golden lotus emerging from the earth. It has an inner chamber with a crystal globe that reflects sunlight, and 12 petals that surround it, each with a different theme and color.  As soon as I entered the Peace Area, I felt a sense of calmness and harmony. I was greeted by a friendly guide who explained to me the history and significance of the place. He also gave me a pass to enter one of the petals for meditation. I chose the petal of peace. I sat on a cushion and closed my eyes. I felt a gentle breeze on my face and heard birds chirping outside. I focused on my breathing and tried to quiet my mind. I felt a wave of peace wash over me. I stayed there for about 15 minutes, but it felt like eternity. After leaving the petal, I walked around the gardens and admired their beauty and diversity. I saw flowers of different colors and shapes, trees of different heights and types, fountains, sculptures, and benches. I also read some of the quotes from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother that were displayed on plaques or stones. If you want to visit this amazing place, you need to book a pass at least 3-7 days in advance through their website. You need to report at 8:30 am at the Visitors Centre, where you will be given an orientation and a shuttle service to the Peace Area. You also need to maintain silence and respect inside and outside the meditation center. I highly recommend visiting this place if you are looking for a spiritual experience that will enrich your soul and mind. It is a rare opportunity to connect with yourself and with something higher than yourself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Michael R
    158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Unique experience in India
    My wife and I loved this place. We would go back in a heartbeat. As other reviews have indicated, the only real way to visit Matrimandir is to schedule a slot ahead of time. The meditation experiences are first thing in the morning at 8:30 AM. They close the door at 8:30 so be early. They don't tell you the length of the visit but plan on 2 hrs minimum before you come back to the Visitor Center. They are serious about the age limit for children and about not taking a phone or camera in on the visit. Dress code seems rather loose. We saw shorts and tank tops. You will first watch a short video at the visitor center. You will then be taken by bus to Matrimander. At the location you will be asked to store your backpacks, purses, phones, and cameras. We had one person who snuck in their phone which happened to ring early in the tour and it was confiscated. The tour involves some climbing and descending of ramps (see photos on the website). It also involves about 20 minutes of total silence and meditation. You are also asked not to talk once you enter the garden spaces around the sphere. The gardens are wonderful. There is a butterfly garden with more butterflies then I have seen anywhere. You have time to walk around abut you won't have time to see all the gardens. When you return to the visitor center there are shops and a wonderful cafeteria. It is a nice place for a post visit breakfast. There is an extensive book shop where you can purchase books related to Auroville and other topics related to India. We didn't have a chance to go through the exhibits. I wish we had blocked more time to be there and to experience more of the peace and quiet. The only downside is that there is a lot of construction going on in the garden space which takes away from some of the overall ambience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • smriti14
    New Delhi, India253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful experience . Do book your slot
    There are two ways to visit . 1. Book a pass to go inside matrimandir . This is the best way as you get to experience the beautiful meditation and the entire aura of the matrimandir is very calming . This is the best way . Do book a pass between 7-10 days before your planned date . There are limited slots ; so book early . Also try to get a morning slot for best weather . If you are able to go through this option ; then do explore the beautiful lawns near the matrimandir . They are very beautiful and have unique rare flowers . It feels like heaven being there . No phones are allowed ; hence very peaceful . 2. Second way is to get free pass from visitor centre to reach matrimandir viewing point . This is a very average experience . The road till there is full of shops and small stalls ; too much crowd ; feels very commercial and noisy . When you reach there ; you can click pictures of the matrimandir from a distance . Do this if you are not able to get through option 1. We got through option 1 and also did option 2. However felt that option 2 is not needed if you have already experienced the close viewing of matrimandir . Go only if you are too keen on clicking pictures .
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • MaithiliSave
    Mumbai, India202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    It’s a beautiful structure. If you want to visit inside, you must book at least 4-5 days prior to the visit. It can be done online. You can also view Matrimandir from a view point. It’s around 20mins walk from the reception. There are buses which would take you back to the main gate. You can watch a short film to know the history.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Amit G
    Muscat, Oman4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful experience.
    It was a great experience; very well organised. Narayan whom we met first at the MatriMandir was very reassuring and considerate of our restricted mobility; that gave us a lot of confidence to go to the next stages. The information dissemination at each stage was well thought out. A few more ladies' toilet seats could be added and kept cleaner.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 20, 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of my visit of Auroville!
    To get it out of the way, this was the first attraction I visited when I arrived in Pondicherry. I hired a taxi driver to drive me to Auroville, visited its Exhibit Center, watched the related video, enjoyed snacks at their small restaurant and walked towards Matrimandir. Learned that I could only view it from the distance and need to reserve online to access its interiors. Having watched the video related to Matrimandir, I felt like I had seen them already. Took some photos here before leaving.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 19, 2024
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Paulo
Antwerp, Belgium29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
It is hard to describe the place since it really call you in a very deep level, so it becomes a very subjective experience. So in more impersonal perspective, the building it self is an amazing architectural achievement celebrating the natural elements, having a sun beam crossing it from top to bottom making it a magical space. Besides the building the gardens (still in progress but quite advanced) contain the real geographical centre of Auroville, a magnificent centennial Banyan tree, a monument on its own.

If visiting Auroville do not miss the Matrimandir, no matter what you believe in or not, the space will speak to you
Written March 6, 2020
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NG
New Delhi, India26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The visit inside Matri mandir is a must- visitors do not do this as you need two visits - but this is worth it if one wants to feel the divinity. Beautifully maintained meditation hall with pin drop silence. The small ripel of water flowing. The beautiful banyan tree with 30 roots now trunks outside the whole experience is wonderful and worth the two trips.
( one trip to register personally and take slot for visit).
Written February 11, 2020
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Michael R
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My wife and I loved this place. We would go back in a heartbeat.

As other reviews have indicated, the only real way to visit Matrimandir is to schedule a slot ahead of time. The meditation experiences are first thing in the morning at 8:30 AM. They close the door at 8:30 so be early. They don't tell you the length of the visit but plan on 2 hrs minimum before you come back to the Visitor Center.

They are serious about the age limit for children and about not taking a phone or camera in on the visit. Dress code seems rather loose. We saw shorts and tank tops.

You will first watch a short video at the visitor center. You will then be taken by bus to Matrimander. At the location you will be asked to store your backpacks, purses, phones, and cameras. We had one person who snuck in their phone which happened to ring early in the tour and it was confiscated.

The tour involves some climbing and descending of ramps (see photos on the website). It also involves about 20 minutes of total silence and meditation. You are also asked not to talk once you enter the garden spaces around the sphere.

The gardens are wonderful. There is a butterfly garden with more butterflies then I have seen anywhere. You have time to walk around abut you won't have time to see all the gardens.

When you return to the visitor center there are shops and a wonderful cafeteria. It is a nice place for a post visit breakfast. There is an extensive book shop where you can purchase books related to Auroville and other topics related to India. We didn't have a chance to go through the exhibits.

I wish we had blocked more time to be there and to experience more of the peace and quiet.

The only downside is that there is a lot of construction going on in the garden space which takes away from some of the overall ambience.
Written August 31, 2023
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JaniJermans
Bengaluru, India315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Auroville, is the place we needed to visit if we had just a day near Pondicherry. So we reached the Auroville. Auroville (City of Dawn) has it’s origins in the French language Aurore (Dawn) and Ville (City) is an experimental township in Viluppuram district, mostly in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, with some parts in the Union Territory of Pondicherry in India. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother") and designed by architect Roger Anger. Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. We parked the car and went to the reception area, saw a small video about Matrimandir and then got our free passes to go to Matrimandir. It’s shaded area for a Km to walk in order to see the Matrimandir.  This 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". But visitors are not allowed to go inside, so we have to see from a distance from the view point. Matrimandir is equipped with a solar power plant and is surrounded by manicured gardens. The firangipani trees, polished rocks, varieties of butterflies and banyan trees, makes the walk very interesting to Matrimandir.  Then we came back to the reception and there are few places for shopping and food. This is a place should not be missed if you are in Pondy.
Written October 11, 2021
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EdZ879
Lincoln Park, MI208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
En route to a day visit or a stay in Puducherry, one must take a short drive for a blast to the past where peace, love and fret less inner self prevailed. The story is amusing, amazing, and the lure of the golden geodesic dome brings visitors worldwide to hear the story and feel the vibrant pull of a life once deemed ideal. The dream lives on. And it’s worth the walk and adventure
Written January 30, 2020
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Tony K
New York36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I visited the Meditation Center at Matrimandir Oroville during my trip to Auroville. The meditation center is located in the center of Auroville, in a large open area called the Peace Area. It is a stunning structure that resembles a golden lotus emerging from the earth. It has an inner chamber with a crystal globe that reflects sunlight, and 12 petals that surround it, each with a different theme and color. 

As soon as I entered the Peace Area, I felt a sense of calmness and harmony. I was greeted by a friendly guide who explained to me the history and significance of the place. He also gave me a pass to enter one of the petals for meditation. I chose the petal of peace. I sat on a cushion and closed my eyes. I felt a gentle breeze on my face and heard birds chirping outside. I focused on my breathing and tried to quiet my mind. I felt a wave of peace wash over me. I stayed there for about 15 minutes, but it felt like eternity.

After leaving the petal, I walked around the gardens and admired their beauty and diversity. I saw flowers of different colors and shapes, trees of different heights and types, fountains, sculptures, and benches. I also read some of the quotes from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother that were displayed on plaques or stones.

If you want to visit this amazing place, you need to book a pass at least 3-7 days in advance through their website. You need to report at 8:30 am at the Visitors Centre, where you will be given an orientation and a shuttle service to the Peace Area. You also need to maintain silence and respect inside and outside the meditation center.

I highly recommend visiting this place if you are looking for a spiritual experience that will enrich your soul and mind. It is a rare opportunity to connect with yourself and with something higher than yourself.
Written July 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MaithiliSave
Mumbai, India202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It’s a beautiful structure. If you want to visit inside, you must book at least 4-5 days prior to the visit. It can be done online. You can also view Matrimandir from a view point. It’s around 20mins walk from the reception. There are buses which would take you back to the main gate. You can watch a short film to know the history.
Written February 17, 2024
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tejasparekh3
Mumbai, India1,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
the walk through a shaded path of 20 mins takes you to the view point. set in beautifully landscaped lawns one must visit it. the inside is ideal for meditation though it is closed due to covid
Written October 20, 2021
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore399 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I am glad this place exists as a live demonstration for peaceful co-living, embodying an alternative way to the current rat race. It is a peaceful and spiritual place. As a tourist destination, the Matrimandir itself is off limit so it essentially becomes a long walk through the forest (free shuttle is also available) for a photo stop of the exterior. There are some interesting interpretative panels along the way though.
Written December 26, 2022
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Animesh
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
A visit to Puducherry is incomplete incase you skip the visit to this place. The walk of a Km plus through the forest is wonderful reach the place while return can be done on e rickshaw. The view of the marvellous structure is breath taking
Written April 5, 2023
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