News & Notes 687:21/02/1971-1972: Foundation Stone(s) of the Matrimandir
21/02/1971-1972: Foundation Stone(s) of the Matrimandir
The Matrimandir’s foundation stone was laid on 21st February 1971, at sunrise at 6:30am. The Mother wrote for the occasion a card, in French:
“21st February 1971.
Laying of Matrimandir’s foundation stone.
Actually this ‘foundation stone’ was not a stone, but a precious wooden box from the Mother and it was not laid at the base of the future Matrimandir as the land for it had not yet been purchased; it was buried somewhere between the banyan tree and the Matrimandir.
Interestingly, another ‘foundation stone’ was laid on 21st February 1972 at 6:15am to mark the symbolic beginning of the construction, the cementing of the foundation. The Mother had inscribed on this stone the date, the OM symbol, blessings and her signature. It was laid at the base of the east pillar – Mahalakshmi.