Seventy Photographs and Archival footage 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 70th Mahasamadhi Day, seventy photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s mahasamadhi have been uploaded in the website 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.

We are also taking the opportunity to share with our readers a brief video (compiled from ‘The Mother on Sri Aurobindo’) in which archival footage of Sri Aurobindo’s mahasamadhi is shown. This video has been uploaded in the youtube channel of Overman Foundation.

To watch the video, kindly click on the following link:

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee

Overman Foundation.

Seventy Photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

Photographs courtesy: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry; Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch and Archives of Overman Foundation.

17 Replies to “Seventy Photographs and Archival footage of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

  1. Dear Anurag Banerjee

    The article ‘Seventy Photographs And Archival Footage of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi’ touches our heart to the core. Sri Aurobindo’s life was a beautiful journey taking the whole humanity along, towards the realisation of the eternal peace and tranuility in the form of the Supreme Manifestation on Earth.

    We are indebted to you for sharing such a precious and valuable treasure.

    I am sharing with you a small poem as a humble offering to Sri Aurobindo, on this occasion. Thanks a lot for the beautiful work that you have been doing with the blessings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.


    To the lotus-feet of the Divine Guru,
    With gratitude filled we bow our heads,
    The beacon of hope, the pole star shown,
    Enlightening the spiritual path we tread,
    A modest, a humble self- effacing Divine!

    Whence on crossroads confusion prevailed,
    Whence the path with darkness veiled,
    All hopes, all courage, all recourse failed,
    In the awry course of eventful life,
    Obscured and vague, the soul seems lost!

    Thence emerges a ray of light,
    A sudden bliss, a gleaming hope,
    A shimmering candle, an aura holds,
    Right through the darkness steers,
    A glint of hope, the Divine Guru!

    Sheds off the darkness, the ignorance dissipates,
    Dispels all fears, all distress evanesces,
    The guidance, the compassion, a path new opens,
    The soul, the psyche, the being enlightens,
    The Guru’s blessings illumine all!

    Giti Tyagi
    Editor, Creative Artist, International Author & Poetess,
    Book Reviewer, Translator
    Author of ‘Priceless Pearls’, The Ascent Of A New Dawn’
    & ‘Crossroads And Other Stories’
    Editor of ‘Beyond Corona: The Silver Lining’

  2. Great !!!
    Endless thanks for this gift on this day

    तत् सवितुः वरं,
    रूपं ज्योतिः परस्य धीमहि,
    यन्नः सत्येन दीपयेत्!!!

  3. Indeed great. Many thanks shri Anurag ji for sharing this great treasure. Sri Aurobindo’s passing away from physical to Supramental body lead to a Greater Life ever active in Subtle Physical plane became known to us with the revelations of the Divine Mother subsequently. This photos show his living presence and an unprecedented sacrifice that he gave for fulfilment of his Avtaric mission.

  4. Sincere Thanks for posting a rare video clip and such beautiful inspiring photographs.These take one to deep silence and inner peace and a prayer “WE MAY NOT FORGET EVEN FOR A MOMENT WHAT WE OWE TO THEE”

  5. Many thanks for uploading the rare video and photographs.
    This reminds us again to be capable for the vision that Sri Aurobindo had for the world, and for which he struggled for His entire life and ultimately also had to leave His physical sheath.
    A Supreme sacrifice , as it has been rightly called.


  6. Dear Anurag
    Gratitude to you for archival footage and some rare photographs. And in the comments of Giti Tyagi I found a beautiful poem which I appreciate.
    Prasun Kanti Pal

  7. Many many thanks Prasun ji for your very kind appreciation of my humble offering to the lotus feet of Sri Aurobindo in the form of a small poem. Thanks a lot!

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