Tourist Attractions

Sri Aurobindo Bhavan


The Aurobindo Ashram Store For French Pot Pourri, Organic Jams And Honey, Candles & More

Anushka posted on 27 March

Ten-Second Takeaway

The unassuming blue-grey building on Theatre Road is the birth place of Sri Aurobindo. It also stocks a range of in-house organic products made in their ashram.

Jars Of Jams, Honey & More

Standing on the ever-busy Shakespeare Sarani, the elegant Aurobindo Bhavan building is often overlooked due to the trees in front and because it is thrown back from the main road. Most people don’t know that tucked away inside are two stores where they sell the best of products — some brought all the way from Pondicherry!
The moment you enter the property, you will feel a tranquility and an old world charm that you will find in few places in the city today. And it’s full of greenery. The entrance has this big, old tree and there are plenty of plants all around. The shops are on the left of the main building. The first one is a small store that stocks essential products, specially brought from their ashram factory in Pondicherry.
Here you can stock up your kitchen and larder with their range of organic honey, jams {orange marmalade, apple and more}, ghee, various flavours of the Bengali bori, varieties of rice and dal, an assortment of spices, papads, pickles {you must taste the kabiraji achaar, and the ones made with tamarind and kool!}, Bengal’s signature mustard kasundi and delicious namkeens that are perfect for your evening chai time fix. The products are very affordable, starting from INR 20.
Also, find a whole showcase dedicated to numerous varieties of incense you’ll not find in the markets {NR 40 to 100}. They stock the incense stands as well.
Their love for perfumes is evident from the range of handmade soaps, pot pourri, perfumed candles {INR 99}, and perfumed sachets that you can keep in your cupboards {INR 70}.

Skin Essentials

If you have sensitive skin like I do and prefer organic products, then this is the place for you — they have an amazing range of bodycare products like herbal shampoos, handmade soaps {about INR 50}, cleansers, moisturisers, masks, aloe vera gel {INR 118}, facial kits {INR 164}, foot creams, and essential oils. They also had a few herbal medicinal products like gum care ointments {INR 238}.

Anything Else?

If you have been looking for music and dance classes, they have an academy where classes are held. Just beside this small store, there’s another book shop which has stacks of books in Bengali, English and Hindi, all either written by Aurobindo himself or by renowned writers like Amalesh Bhattacharya, Mrinalini Debi and others.

In the year 1972, the place was declared as a memorial by the government of West Bengal and, has the sacred relics of Sri Aurobindo enshrined inside.

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Location Details

8, Shakespeare Sarani Road, Elgin, Kolkata

Tourist Attractions

Sri Aurobindo Bhavan