The Hidden Treasure of Dandia Bazaar: Aurobindo Ashram

One of the best kept secrets of Vadodara’s bustling Dandia Bazaar is the Aurobindo Ashram, a place where peace and calm welcome you into its depths. 

The Aurobindo Ashram, also called Arvind Ashram or the Auro Nivas, is an ashram located in the Dandia Bazaar area of the city, close to the Navlakhi cross roads at the end of the Akota – Dandia Bazaar bridge. The Ashram has a library, study room, and a sales emporium. You could find a lot of literature on Shri Aurobindo and The Mother. Also, you can find here all books written by Shri Aurobindo and The Mother. The Ashram also houses many relics of Shri Aurobindo. It has 23 big and small rooms and surrounding open land of about 55000 sq ft.

Shri Aurobindo stayed in Baroda from 1894 to 1906 as the private secretary to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. During this time period, Shri Aurobindo also served as the Professor of English and the Vice Principal of the Baroda College, which is now renamed as the Maharaja Sayajirao University. When Shri Aurobindo stayed at the Auro Nivas, the bungalow was frequented by famous personalities like Lokmanya Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, Sister Nivedita, Sakharam Ganesh Dueskar, Mrinalini Devi, Sarojini Devi, Barindar Kumar Ghose. 

The Auro Ashram is the first ever Ashram to gain so much popularity in this area. Anybody can come down to the Ashram for meditation. 

Author Credit: Bhavi Patel

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