Auroville

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Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. The concept of Auroville – an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity – came to the Mother as early as the 1930s.In the mid 1960s the concept was developed and put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.

The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with – and practically researching into – sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.

On 28th February 1968 some 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the centre of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble- clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. At the same time the Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter.

They come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.

Photo Gallery

  • Auroville - General
    Auroville -Gen view
  • Matrimandir
    Matrimandir-Full view
  • Bonfire
    Matrimandir-bonfire

How to Reach:

By Air

To Chennai, Tamil Nadu State, India, then by Road to Puducherry around160 km

By Train

Train to Puducherry from Chennai -160 km then by road around 20 km

By Road

From Chennai to Puducherry around 160 km

Stay

Website: http://guesthouses.auroville.org Timings: 9:30 – 12:30 / 2 – 5 pm. Ph. 0413-2622704 or 3449 E-mail guestaccommodation@auroville.org.in