Silence and Solitude
Iwas born and brought up in Auroville, so most of my childhood was spent watching the Matrimandir being built. Everyone from the community would join in to help build it. I have many memories of going there on gardening trips with my transition school-classmates, and staring in awe as the dome with gold- painted roof plates took shape. Long before I could step inside, I was already enamoured by the surroundings. The long branches and many aerial roots of the old banyan tree on the premises make you feel as if you have a huge natural roof over your head. There is something special about the mandir. It is in the heart of this fascinating global village that I call home. Once you step inside the complex, it is as if you are in a different world. Inside the chambers of Matrimandir, you know what silence sounds like. You forget everything and all your worries are set aside.