This palatial bungalow with its colonial architecture was built around 1932 by the Royal family of Nepal. Princess Rajalakshmi Aishwarya Devi who was sister of the King of Nepal was the resident of this bungalow along with her husband Shamsher Singh Jung Bahadur Rana. It was gifted to Sri Aurobindo Trust in the year 1979.

Sri Aurobindo

Born on 15th august 1872 in Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo after initial study, was taken to England by his parents at the age of seven. He spent his next fourteen years shining as a scholar, passing high in school and college.

He returned to India in 1893 and worked as a professor at the Maharaja's college at Vadodara. During his thirteen years of stay at Vadodara his life flowed quietly but intensely in several streams. He delved deep into the mystic heritage of India and took up practice of Yoga. He also began to give a bold new direction to th e politics of the time.

In 1906, Sri Aurobindo moved to Kolkata. It was he who, along with Bal Gangadhar Tilak, gave a radical turn to the policies of the Indian National Congress. He was the first political leader to publicly demand the complete independence of India.

The colonial authorities arrested him in May 1908 on charges of sedition. The celebrated Deshbandhu C.R.Das defended him in the now famous "Alipore Conspiracy Case". During his arguments he made a historic prophecy: "Long after he is dead and gone, he will be looked upon as a poet of patriotism, as the prophet of nationalism and the lover of humanity." Acquitted in 1909, Sri Aurobindo emerged from his year long confinement enriched by momentous spiritual experiences. In compliance to an inner command, he sailed to Pondicherry, a French colony in South India in 1910. It was time for him to explore the way of mankind's liberation from its bondage to ignorance through spiritual means.

Sri Aurobindo in England

During his forty years in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo worked out a new system of Yoga and revealed what he deemed to be the next step in evolution - the emergence of a supramental being out of the present mental man. Sri Aurobindo left his body on 5 December 1950.

The Mother

In this exploration of the uncharted destiny of man, Sri Aurobindo's collaborator was The Mother.

Born as Mirra Alfassa on 21 Februrary 1878 in Paris, France, conscious of her spiritual mission on earth even as a child, met Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry in 1914. She at once recognized him as the Krishna of her vision. After a sojourn in Japan, she returned to Pondicherry in 1920. When Sri Aurobindo went into seclusion in 1926 to fulfill the demand of his Yoga, she took charge of his disciples. In fact, the Ashram grew around her and was entirely shaped by her. After the Master left his body, she continued to nurture with unfathomable love the numerous souls who came to her thirsting for light.