July 5, 2023

Our beloved Tara Didi's birthday

Tara Didi's Date of Birth : 5th July 1936

“Let this day of your birth be for you an occasion to give yourself a little more, a little better to the Divine. Let your consecration be more total, your devotion more ardent, your aspiration more intense.”

—The Mother

Tara Jauhar, lovingly known as Tara Didi, is a writer and educationist, and was associated with the Mother since she was eight years old. She is the third child of Surendra Nath Jauhar and Dayawati. Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar was himself a freedom-fighter and was associated with the Mother since 1939. He is the founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi branch.

Tara Didi has written how she received the Mother's boundless love, affection, guidance and protection through personal contact and through correspondence which helped her sail through the difficulties and failures, in her 2 books viz., 'Learning with the Mother' and 'Growing up with the Mother'.

The Govt. of India conferred Padma Sri to Tara Didi on 21st March 2022 for her contributions in the field of "Literary and Education".

The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Tara Jauhar

Tara Didi's persistant efforts led to the renaming of Begumpur lane as Sri Aurobindo Lane

Tara Didi's meeting with Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Hon'ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways

Tara Didi's meeting with Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, the Hon'ble CM of Uttarakhand on 25 November 2022

The Mother's wishes to Tara Didi in French on 5-Jul-1961

The wishes given by The Mother to Tara Didi are many. Scroll below to see two of them written by The Mother in French on 5-7-1961 and 1-8-1971.


To Tara,

These star—like flowers, so that her life may be governed by a true greatness of soul to enable her to face her responsibilities with a noble and generous heart.

In peace and joy, light and love.

5 July 1961


The Mother's wishes to Tara Didi in French on 1-Aug-1971



27 years of growth of progress and useful work have given you a special place in the Ashram with special love from Sri Aurobindo; as well as my great tenderness and constant blessings.


87th Birthday Celebrations

On Tara Didi’s 87th Birthday this year, as in preceding years, there was a spontaneous outpouring of love for her from the Ashram community as well as scores of admirers and friends who came to the Ashram to felicitate her on this auspicious day. The celebration, in keeping with her wishes, was primarily a series of plantations, in the morning and in the afternoon & evening, at different points in the Ashram campus and the associated schools – The Mother’s International School and Mirambika Free Progress School.

In the evening, the Ashram choir made an offering of devotional music, interspersed with reading by Tara Didi of passages from the Mother’s Prayers and Meditations and Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri. Post dinner, a video made from Tara Didi’s photographs going back to her childhood and youth was screened which generated much excitement in the youngsters of the Ashram for they could now get a glimpse of the inordinately active life of Tara Didi and her frequent interactions with the Mother Herself.

Wishes from IIGL and CYL

The Chairperson of the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL), New Delhi and Director General of the Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership (IIGL) met Padma Shri Awardee, Ms. Tara Jauhar (Tara Didi), Chairperson of Aurobindo Ashram, on her 87th birthday on 05 July 2023. Mr. Suwan presented her with a copy of the best-selling book, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Vision for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Transforming Lives, Building New India" published by the Confederation.

They extended their warm wishes to the distinguished Ms. Tara Jauhar on her birthday and expressed their gratitude for her contributions to society.