Project 365: Day 81 – A country of 43 nationalities

20th September 2014 – Auroville, India

Take pictures, but take no souvenirs.
Make no noises, but watch in awe if you must.
Humanity merges with nature here, and the banyan tree has life.
The golden globe shines through it all, restoring faith and trust.
The golden globe goes to... - Auroville, India

The golden globe goes to… – Auroville, India

I rode from Pondicherry to Chennai today, but there was something that I had to see on the way.

Auroville is an independent community centre, located about 13 KM from Pondichery. Aurobindo Ghosh was a famous Indian spiritual leader, who believed that “man is a transitional being”. One of his disciples, Mirra Alfassa, also called ‘the mother’, set up Auroville as a community in the 1960s. She invited people everywhere to come over and be part of something transitional. And they did. As of today, there are people of 43 different nationalities living in Auroville, and they contribute towards regional empowerment, and creating a balanced life.

At the centre of the whole township is the most amazing piece of architecture that I have ever seen. The Matrimandir looks like a Golden globe from outside, which is all you will see if you are just a visitor. (for once, I agree that visitors should not be allowed inside and break the sanctity and peace of this place). But if you get a chance to go inside, you will see that the whole structure has a single sun ray coursing through the middle of it, engineered to be redirected through a crystal ball.

I didn’t get to see it. The engineering exhibit outside had me mouthwatering to actually see it.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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