Sixty Photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

Dear Friends,

On 5 December 1950 at 1:26 a.m., Sri Aurobindo the “Colonist from Immortality” had left his physical sheath as a supreme act of sacrifice for the sake of mankind. To quote the words of the Mother: “Sri Aurobindo was not compelled to leave his body, he chose to do so for reasons so sublime that they are beyond the reach of human mentality.” In the bygone years several photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s mahasamadhi have been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation.

Today, on the occasion of his 66th Mahasamadhi Day, sixty photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s mahasamadhi have been uploaded in the online forum of Overman Foundation. These photographs were taken by Robi Ganguli, Vidyavrata Arya, Venkatesh and Chimanbhai Patel.

In some of the photographs, Champaklal Purani (Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s most faithful attendant) is seen seated near Sri Aurobindo’s feet.

With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee
Overman Foundation.




(Photography Courtesy: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry; Ms. Tara Jauhar and Overman Foundation Archives.)




  1. amitguha said,

    December 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Dear Anurag,
    it is one of the most desired blessings that I and all may have sought today..many many thanks for yours effort ..stay well and be ever blessed………….

  2. December 5, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Blessings, indeed. And a reminder. Most timely gift.

    • Rashmi Bhatt said,

      December 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

      These pictures indeed reveal the depth, the intensity of that Moment

      aum namo bhagavate

  3. Purnendu Ghosh said,

    December 5, 2016 at 11:15 am

    My Dear Anurag, Our Master is not in physical form, but eternally present within our heart. His guidance, protection, love, compassion are always with us to get rid of all our sorrows and sufferings and are leading us to our true goal of our life of supramental transformation. Pranam to The Master with Love and Devotion.- Purnenduda

  4. B. Mohanty said,

    December 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

    treasure trove of Mahasamadhi pics, had posted some clear ones in fb last year , you have got all of them cleaned and print format , thanks for this immense work. beni

  5. arindam said,

    December 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the photos!

  6. Surendra Singh said,

    December 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Many thanks dear Anurag for offering us this Blessing of our Lord .

  7. December 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks, Posted the web-link on Auroville Intranet, the internal website of Auroville.

  8. bijoy kumar nag said,

    December 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Pranam, Mahasadhaka, a rare fortune see these pictures

  9. Suman Baral said,

    December 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm


    • pampa mitra lala said,

      December 6, 2016 at 4:08 am


  10. S.C Tyagi said,

    December 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

    anurag ji , thank you for the treasure

  11. Parashar said,

    December 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Very rich treasure. Each photo is lively.

  12. Jitu Shah said,

    December 7, 2016 at 1:09 am

    10.jitendre shah said ,

  13. Sandeep Shah said,

    December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you and pranam….

  14. Dhanavanti Nagda said,

    December 11, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Dear Anurag,

    I remembered you a lot on the 5th. Of all the collective meditation days in the Ashram on special occasions, I feel something quite different on the 5th, every time. It is difficult to define what is the difference. But it is always there for me on the 5th and it continues to be like that for quite some time, till the 9th perhaps. These five days are for me of some other value and I felt that when looking at all the photographs you have posted. I really felt myself going to the room again and again as we had been those days. I did feel the weight of the loss but the awe inspiring atmosphere of the time and space, the reigning power and peace, the golden body …..Thank you dear one, thank you.

    I felt that some of the photographs have been touched up with black, a rather heavy black, that disturbed me a little on aesthetic side. But the overall atmosphere just made me feel it was a grace.

    Once again merci, merci, merci.

  15. Beloo Mehra said,

    January 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Many thanks for this, Anurag.

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