Auroville, Pondicherry
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Auroville

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Auroville City is considered to be a ‘City of Dawn’ that is situated around 8 km from the main town of Pondicherry. It lies on the East Coast Road and was founded by Mirra Richard in 1968. This city was designed by the French architect Roger Anger with the purpose of achieving human unity. The word Auroville essentially means a universal town, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed.

Auroville was officially inaugurated on 28th February, 1968 and was endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India. During its inauguration, soil from over 124 countries was placed and mixed inside a lotus shaped urn, symbolising universal oneness. Auroville was built to welcome people from all over the world to live together and explore scientific, educational, cultural and spiritual pursuits as per the Auroville charter.

Tourists can visit the Auroville Information Centre and Matrimandir (meditation hall with one of the biggest man-made crystal balls in the world). Matrimandir has a unique architectural shape, which was conceived by Alfassa, resembling ‘a symbol of universal mother’. It has around twelve gardens, future lakes, banyan tree, twelve petals and an amphitheatre.

The residents of Auroville are engaged in administration, handicrafts, agriculture, commerce, education, healthcare, alternative technology and development projects. There is a visitor centre located near Bharat Niwas, which is the Indian National Pavilion in Auroville’s International Zone. It has a permanent exhibition on philosophy and the history of the project.

This information centre offers brochures, books and leaflets about Auroville. The centre also has three boutiques, a cafeteria and a bookshop inside the attraction. Presently, Auroville covers an area of about 2 square miles, resided by over 1,900 members from 40 different countries.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Veeral Pathak

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  • Veeral Pathak
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  87 readers

"Spirituality rests in peace" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I woke up early in the morning as I had my concentration slot booked for 9am at MatriMandir. The ride from New Creation Guest house to MatriMandir is quite picturesque with greenery all around. I was going through mixed feelings - excited and curious at the same time. As I entered the Golden Globe, there was a pin drop silence, no sound at all. I think this must be the most peaceful place on the earth. I sat there with my eyes shut, mind blank felt like a soul cleansing session. I experienced a new, fresh, rejuvenated "ME".
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Shijo Thomas

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  • Shijo Thomas
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 20 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Peace with humanity"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is not a jungle resort, a peaceful township 45 mins from Pondicherry built 50 years ago by like minded people where people from all religions and nationalities can live together in peace and harmony. Highlight of the place is Matrimandir a large dome, area surrounding it is called peace area. Be ready for a 30 mins walk from the entrance to the mandir, though vehicles are available for return trip. On the way is a large Banyan Tree which is at the center of the Township and it was the lone tree in a totally barren land.
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Chandana Iyengar

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  • Chandana Iyengar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Matrimandir is located at the centre and one has to walk for around 1-1. 5kms or can take free bus arranged the ashram authority! The architecture of Matrimandir is excellent and must visit in Pondicherry.
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Munish Prashar

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  • Munish Prashar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  •  1087 readers

"A serene place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very nice and serene place, definitely a must visit place if you are in Pondy. The aura of the place itself speaks everything, just sit silently and watch.
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Bijoy Anupam

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  • Bijoy Anupam
  • Lives in Pune
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"Pleasant walk and peaceful time"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Walk for few kilometers, a lot of green around with pleasant surroundings and finally when you arrive, you see the shining golden dome, you would definitely like the view. Spend some casual time, sitting around and enjoy the peaceful view.
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Bhanu Pratap

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  • Bhanu Pratap
  • Lives in Pondicherry
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"Soulful inner peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is one of the attraction of Pondicherry usually this golden globe is the place for meditation it was really good experience visiting here. There are even shops basically by Auroville handicrafts and bakery too.
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Soumyajit Kundu

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"Good place, some restrictions though"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you want to visit Auroville for sightseeing and strolling around the park it's fine, other wise for meditation you have to go one day in advance (10-11 am and 2-3 pm) and collect the pass. The problem is each individual seeking pass has to be present individually. The rules are fine, but little difficult if you have oldies in your group, you have to book car twice, once for registration and once for meditation. This is needed for 1st time visits only, subsequent visits can be booked online or over phone. We could not go to meditation due to this restriction, were not informed that all has to be available personally.
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Manoj agarwal

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  • Manoj agarwal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Fantastic chamber"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Fantastic Inner Chamber and you can feel the energy there. Very clean and the volunteers/tour leaders are top class. One has to watch out for rain though as the Matrimandir is closed on such days, passes have to be collected.
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Nirman Parkar

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"Peace and being calm"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the place that doesn't follow religion. It follows the only principle of following humanity. People from over 243 caste and creed live here in peace and harmony. The Auroville is a grand dome which is especially built for concentration and meditation. Not anyone person can enter Auroville. Only those who are serious would need to seek prior permission. It's certainly a must visit place.
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Sandeep Patil

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  • Sandeep Patil
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"Beautiful place for meditation and nice architecture"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good place for meditation and relaxing and learning. Carry water bottles and avoid heavy baggage as you need to walk for 20-30min. Library and some visual displays to help you understand meditation and its benefits.
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