Archives and Research
a biannual journal
Volume I; No 1
Documents in the Life of Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo's Birth Date and Time
15th August 1872, 24 minutes (one daṇḍa — one ghaṭikā) before sunrise, at Calcutta.
With sunrise calculated at 5.40 a.m., the time of birth is 5.16 a.m. local time or 4.52 a.m. Indian Standard Time.
1 A note from the files of Nolini Kanta Gupta. The exact time of Sri Aurobindo's birth is not known. He writes in "About Astrology" (Cent. Vol. 17. p. 288) of "the inability to fix the precise moment of my birth". The above computations were apparently made on the basis of a recollection of a member of Sri Aurobindo's family that he was born about one daṇḍa before sunrise on 15 August 1872.