Other States - Puducherry Shrine for Aurobindo in Puducherry soon
Staff Reporter The Hindu Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 Site likely to be near beach
Photo: T. Singaravelou In memory of arrival: Children depicting Lord Krishna’s early life during the 98th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry on Friday. —
The World Peace Trust, Pondicherry, will soon construct a shrine for Sri Aurobindo here. The site for the proposed shrine will be selected soon, managing trustee Dibyendu Goswami said on Friday.
At the 98th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry, he said the site for the shrine would preferably be near the beach.
However, president of the trust and MLA K. Lakshminarayanan had suggested selection of a site at the entry of Puducherry at East Coast Road, he added.
“The centenary celebrations of the arrival of Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry will be in 2010. We hope that next year, we will lay the foundation for the proposed shrine to be dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and complete it before the centenary celebrations,” he said. The shrine would be constructed with Auroville building technology, he said, adding that the tentative plan of the shrine has been prepared.
“It is a design of ‘Prana Kuthi’ – abode of living in simplicity with artistic richness especially in rural Bengal. It is time we raised the huge fund required for the project.
We are confident to dedicate the shrine to Sri Aurobindo as the Shrine of World Unity on April 4, 2010,” Mr. Goswami said. Sri Aurobindo arrived in Puducherry on April 4, 1910 at 4 p.m. Devotional songs and dances were held as part of the celebrations.
Mr. Lakshminarayanan said the arrival of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother had added flavour to Puducherry’s history.
MLA S.P. Sivakumar and other members of the trust also spoke.