Friday, December 12, 2008

Sri Aurobindo Pathchakra, Matrubhumi, Dera: 12th December 2003

Sri Aurobindo Pathchakra
Matrubhumi, Dera
Managing Trustee : Dr. Madan Mohan Pradhan
Date of Installation : 12th Dec. 2003, AT-4pm
Installed by : Prof. C.N.Sharma
Library attached : Yes
Garden attached : Yes
Integral School attached to the Premises of RC : Yes
Hostel attached to the school : Yes
Ashramites : 7 persons
Timings of Public Darshan of RC : 6am to 8pm
Cost of Construction : Rs. 4 lakhs
No. of persons visiting daily : 150 - 200
Plan made by : Mr Jyotirmay Sinha and Mr Pradeep Ku Pradhan
Flooring Marble finish : Yes
Daily activities of the Ashram : Daily Meditation, Weekly Study circle, Celebration of Darshan Day, Seminar etc
By the inspiratiom and guidance of Babaji Maharaj and Prapati the first Sri Aurobindo Study circle in this area was established in 1970. When the people of the area become aware of the ideals of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, the Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre was established.Member of the Sri Aurobindo study circle offered their prayer for the installation of Sri Aurobindo Relics at the centre anf it was accepted by Her Grace.
Sri Aurobindo is always with us, enlighting, guiding, protecting. We must answer to his Grace by a perfect faithfulness. -The Mother
In he early seventies a group of young School and College students in and around Dera had began to turn towards Sri Aurobindo’s and Mother’s thoughts and had began reading and discussing Their books. This resulted in the organisation of a Sri Aurobindo Study Circle in 1975. Initially there were weekly sittings and along with some activities were taken up. These were awareness programmes for a healthy life including environmental sanitation, building up of library, organisation of seminars on Sri Aurobindo's and The Mother's Work, visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram and other Sri Aurobindo Centres of Orissa.
Initially there was no definite place to conduct the study circle; it was held at different places. Gradually more people including the elders began to get interested and involved in the movement. This resulted in the creation of the permanent place for the study circle. Financial as well as physical help poured in to expedite the work.
At the moment 5 study circle sittings are conducted here. Two general Study Circle sittings on Wednesdays and Sundays; Sri Aurobindo Mahila Pathachakra sittings are held on Thursdays; Sri Aurobidno teachers study circle are held on Saturdays, Ex students’ Pathachakra on Sundays Apart from this the Mother’s and Sri Aurobindo’s Birthdays, and other Darshan days as well as the Study Circle anniversaries are observed annually.
All the activities of this study circle are taken up in order to grow into the higher consciousness as well as place before the people this new ideal. The following sections have been opened in the premises of our centre: -
1. Sri Aurobindo Library 2. Annapurna Bhandar (Sales Centre) 3. Matru Bhojanalaya (Dining hall) 4. Flower and Fruit Garden and Agriculture. 5. Sri Aurobindo Samadhi Mandir 6. Hostel
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Integral Education and Research is a wing of the study circle and is based on the Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy. Prof. Prapatti of Sri Aurobindo Ashram had laid the foundation of this education centre on 27th July, 1985. Now it is from K.G. to Std- VII
One of the main dreams of the devotees of Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra here, was to have the sacred Relics of the Supreme Lord. Babaji Maharaj guided us at every step and Sri Champaklalji poured his love and that lead to lay the foundation on 21st February 2003. Finally the dream came true on the 12th of December 2003 at 4 PM when Prof Chhotenarayan Sharma from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry installed the Sacred Relics at Dera. The area was named ‘Matrubhumi’. © 2005 Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack-753013

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