Sri Aurobindo's Shrine 

Sri Aurobindo's Living Presence

We have seen how much importance She (The Mother) attached to it when the Relics were given away for the first time. She has said that each and every molecule of Sri Aurobindo’s body was filled with Supramental Consciousness. We know that his body was glowing with Supramental Light as soon as he left it. That Consciousness is not a mortal thing which ceases with the death of the physical body. If that were so, then we wouldn’t feel such extraordinary power and strength when we touch the Samadhi.

We have seen the peace and tranquility that dwell wherever the Relics are enshrined. Therefore, the Relics are not a mere memento. Relics are the living Presence of Sri Aurobindo, imbued with the light and force of his lifelong sadhana, just as an atom contains an infinite power in itself -- this is the truth behind the Relics. To always keep alive that truth and give due respect to it is what the Relics demand of us.

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Relics and Shrine..

Some precious parts of his (Sri Aurobindo's) body like hair, nails, have been preserved by Champakalji who was personally attending on him. They were collected and preserved down the years with tender care and love. The Mother has charged them further with additional supramental force so that they may communicate their consciousness to all without fail. It is these parts of Sri Aurobindo’s person that are now cherished and carried to distant shrines as Relics. Where these Relics are, there Sri Aurobindo’s physical presence is. We have experienced this even in far off places like London, Florida, where the Relics have been established in special shrines.

Preserving the Sanctity..

It is not enough to open such shrines. The special atmosphere created by the Relics must be tended, preserved, by the devotees. They have to contribute their aspiration, purity and consecration so as to guard the sanctity against dilution, pollution. Sri Aurobindo is physically present in these Centres and it is a great responsibility to uphold the sanctity by maintaining high standards of purity around. Sri Aurobindo Shrine is not in the common run of a temple looked after by a priest. It is vibrant focus of a special spiritual Force that has been brought down from the world of Light on Earth to guide and lead its Journey to the Sun of Truth. Properly tended, the Shrine grows in its radiation, it remains ever-new.

M.P. Pandit, Selected Works of M.P. Pandit., Vol. 1, p. 266-268

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Enshrining of Relics at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977

Relics arrive at Calcutta Airport

22.Jun.1977, late evening


Amal Sircar carrying the Relics,

Joya Mitter with the tray,

Salila Ghosh and Rathin Mitter behind them.

Relics after overnight stay at Madhyamgram

23.Jun.1977, morning


Pradyot Kr. Bhattacharya carrying the Relics,

Joya Mitter behind him.

Relics leaving Madhyamgram for Shyambazar

23.Jun.1977, morning


Pradyot Kr. Bhattacharya carrying the Relics,

Ranjan Mitter a few steps behind him.

Relics arrive at Shyambazar - Rathin da's home

23.Jun.1977, morning


Rathin Mitter carrying the Relics,

(From L to R)

Pradyot Kr. Bhattacharya, Joya Mitter, Shyamal Mukherjee

Relics leaving Rathin da's home at Shyambazar

23.Jun.1977, morning


Rathin Mitter carrying the Relics.

Relics leaving Dr. S.C. Dutt's home

23.Jun.1977, late morning


Relics starting for Lakshmi's House

23.Jun.1977, late morning


The Relics were transported in Dr. Ghosh's car

Relics on way to Lakshmi's House

23.Jun.1977, noon

The expectant devotees at Lakshmi's House

23.Jun.1977, noon


The entrance to Lakshmi's House lined with devotees awaiting the Presence of the Lord.

Relics entering the portals of Lakshmi's House

23.Jun.1977, noon

Enshrining of Relics at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977, evening


Chief Justice Shankar Prasad Mitra,
Joya Mitter partially visible behind him

Enshrining of Relics at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977, evening


(From L. to R.) Rathin Mitter, Pradyot Kr. Bhattacharya, Chief Justice Shankar Prasad Mitra

Enshrining of Relics at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977, evening


Chief Justice Shankar Prasad Mitra,
Joya Mitter partially visible behind him

Enshrining of Relics at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977, evening


(From L. to R.) Rathin Mitter,
Chief Justice Shankar Prasad Mitra

Sri Aurobindo's Relics Enshrined at Lakshmi's House

24.Jun.1977


The material presence of the Lord at 'The Home of Grace'.


Meditation Hall at Lakshmi's House 

The Mother's Four Aspects

The Mother's Four Aspects

Shakti Centre Blessings

The Mother's Photograph
Sri Aurobindo's Photograph

The Mother's Statue 

The Mother's statue - 2015

History

In 1947, an exquisite statue of The Mother, crafted by Shri Nitai Pal, was installed at Shri Pramod Chandra Chand's residence at 10, Park Side Road, Calcutta, with The Mother's blessings. The Mother's statue was worshipped there until it was handed over to Lakshmi's House by Shri Debajyoti Chand.

Installation at Lakshmi's House

Thus on 30th January, 1998, The Mother's statue came home to 3, Regent Park, Calcutta - 'The Mother's own house in Calcutta'. Thereafter it underwent repairs and restoration work under the able care of Smt. Uma Siddhanta.

On 21st February, 1998 - the 120th Birth Anniversary of The Mother - amidst the scented mist of glowing joss-sticks, fragrance of flowers, offerings of devotional songs, recitation of poetry and adoration of Her children, The Mother's statue was installed near the 'Sacred Relics' at Lakshmi's House by Smt. Uma Siddhanta and Shri Manindra Rajvanshi.

The Mother's statue - 21-Feb-2009


Afar from the brute noise of clamorous needs
The quieted all-seeking mind could feel,
At rest from its blind outwardness of will,
The unwearied clasp of her mute patient love
And know for a soul the mother of our forms.
- Savitri

Sri Aurobindo's Statue 

Meditation Hall

Sri Aurobindo's statue in the Meditation Hall



As if a weapon of the living light,
Erect and lofty like a spear of God.
His figure led the splendour of the morn.

- Savitri

Sri Aurobindo's statue in 1950

On 15th August 1948, this statue of Sri Aurobindo was taken out in a procession that started from Hazra Park, Calcutta.

In the early 1980s, a Divine "lila" brought it to Lakshmi's House, where it was installed in the Meditation Room.

Sri Aurobindo's Statue

'Knowledge' wing - 2nd floor

This life-size statue of Sri Aurobindo was installed at Lakshmi's House on 15th August, 2004.

The statue is sculptured by Shri Niranjan Pradhan.

 


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