Auroville is an experimental township in India. The land was bought by “The Mother” or Mirra Alfassa in 1968 and today, it is a community where everyone of all creed and class are welcomed. Here, you can visit the ‘soul of the city’ their famous Matrimandir.
The orb made of gold is a symbol of spiritual significance to those who practice integral yoga, a philosophy which was practiced by Shri Aurobindo and “The Mother” here. It took 37 years to build.
If you’re only here for a couple of hours, you can obtain a free pass from the visitor centre to walk to the viewing point. This is open daily to visitors and only in the morning on Sunday’s.
If you’re a first time visitor and would like to enter the temple for concentration, all bookings must be made in person and on an individual basis (no group bookings). You will be issued a pass one day in advance.
The locals say you can feel the energies in your blood if you meditate here and it’s recommended to spend some time doing so.
Once you’ve finished make sure you pay a visit to their restaurant. Using mainly organic ingredients from the Auroville farms in the area, they serve the best mix of South Indian and European cuisine. Their cakes are also some of the best I’ve had in India.
It can be a little bit of a mystery getting here as it’s deep in the Pondicherry jungle. But, if you ask any of the taxi drivers in the area, they will know where you want to go!
To read more about Auroville and the reasons to visit, see my article here.
Pondicherry, for me, was simply perfect. It had everything. Beaches, culture, history, yummy food and friendly locals.
I was sad to leave this place and the amazing cakes behind, but I’m sure I will be back in the near future.
Make sure you add Pondicherry to your South Indian adventure! You honestly cannot miss it.