Tara Jauhar (born in 1936) is a writer and educationist from Delhi, India who has dedicated her life for disseminating the teachings of Sri Aurobindo who was an Indian philosopher, yoga guru, poet and nationalist who advocated a philosophy of life based on spiritual evolution. Tara Jauhar is the Chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch which had been founded by her father Surendra Nath Jauhar in the year 1956. In the year 2022, Govt of India honored her with the Padma Shri award for her life long work dedicated to spreading the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.[1]

Life and work

Tara Jauhar was born in the year 1936 as the third child of Surendra Nath Jauhar and Dayawati. Surendra Nath Jauhar was a freedom fighter who had to suffer imprisonment for 15 months in the Central Jail at Multan during the period of the Quit India Movement.[2] Surendra Nath had been associated with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry, India since 1939 and because of this association his children, including Tara Jauhar, were educated and brought up at the Ashram from an early age. In fact Tara Jauhar came to the Ashram in the year 1944 when she was only eight years old. She spent close to 30 years in the Ashram before moving to Delhi.

While at Delhi she worked with her father to found two highly regarded schools in Delhi, namely, The Mother's International School and Mirambika Free Preogress School both located in the campus of the Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch. She also helped establish two retreat centers in the Himalayan region, one named Van Niwas located in Nainital, Uttarakhand and the second one, in the Kumaon range of the Himalayas, called Madhuban in Ramgarh, Uttarakhand. The Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch is also running the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Vocational Training[3][4]

Recognition: Padma Shri

Auro-Ratna Award

Overman Foundation, a research institute based in Kolkata dedicated to the ideals of Sri Aurobindo and Mother conferred the Auro-Ratna Award on Tara Jauhar in the year 2017.[6]



Tara Jauhar has written a few books explaining her experiences with The Mother the collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, who considered her to be of equal yogic stature to him and called her by the name "The Mother".

See also


  1. ^ a b "Padma Awards 2022". Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Surendra Nath Jauhar". SRI AUROBINDO & THE MOTHER. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  3. ^ "All USA Meeting (AUM) 2020 is Cancelled". Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center. Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center, New York. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch Trust". Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch Trust. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-01-25. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Tara Jauhar awarded the "Auro-Ratna Award" for the year 2017". Overman Foundation. Retrieved 13 March 2022.