Uttarpara cherishes a special association with Sri Aurobindo. It is
here on, 30th May, 1909 that Sri Aurobindo delivered his historic
"Uttarpara Speech" at Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library ground
before a ten thousand strong crowed. In this speech he revealed,
for the first time, his "Vasudev Darshan" in the prison cell and
indicated a shift in his life towards the spiritualism.
While celebrating Sri Aurobindo's birth century celebration in 1972, few eminent citizens of Uttarpara decided to set up an organization dedicated to Sri Aurobindo. A steering committee was set up in the same year. The committee tried to build a building in memory of Sri Aurobindo, but could not accomplish it for certain constraints.
Library of Aurobindo Parishad
In 1991, Uttarpara Sri Autobindo Birth Century Committee was transformed into
Uttarpara Sri Autobindo Parishad, as the former outlived its relevance.
Initially the Parishad functioned in Jai Krishna Public Library. It was in
1999 that Sri Debasis Mukhopadhyay very generously permitted the Parishad to
carry out its activities from the Ist floor of his residential building
Sarasi Kunja at 150, G T Road, Uttarpara.
Uttarpara Sri Autobindo Parishad is engaged in generating and sustaining
public awareness about the life, works and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo
and the mother. Periodical talks are arranged not only on Sri Autobindo
and the mother but also on the life and spiritualism of famous Indians.
The Parishad is controlled by a Trust and run by a steering committee.
Mrigyanka Bhusan Bandopadhyay is the first President of the Trust.
Aurobindo Parishad has published many books and journals, some of which
are described below:
||Savitri Anudhyam (in Bengali) - Tarakdas Mitra
||Sri Autobindo O Hooghly Zela (in Bengali) - Rathindra Chattopadhyay
||Mayer Bhalobasa (in Bengali, 2nd edition) - Kanupriya
||Ritam - A Bilingual (in Bengali and English) Magazine
Meditation room of Aurobindo Parishad adorns huge
photographs of Mother and Sri Aurobindo
Ritam - the Parishad Journal is published 4 times a year to commemorate
dates significant in the lives of Sri Aurobindo and the mother
|| - Uttarpara Speech Day
|| - Sri Aurobindo's Birthday
|| - Sri Aurobindo's Siddhi Divas
|| - Birthday of the mother
The first issue of Ritam was published on 30th May, 2002. The magazine contains
writings on Sri Aurobindo and the mother as also on art, culture and spiritual
heritage of India. The magazine has been well received by discerning readers.
Lack of a suitable accommodation of its own stands in the way of the
Parishad in carrying out its activities. We appeal to the public to
help us procure a suitable land/building so that the aims and objectives
of the Parishad find their fulfillment.
Men behind Aurobindo Parishad