Monday, 20 October 2014

Inspirations from Auroville

I visited Auroville - "City of Dawn" near Pondycherry on October 3, 2014.
The timing of visiting this inspiring place on the auspicious day of Vijayadashmi Day - the day of new beginnings - was a precursor of inspirations to come from this visit.

According to Wikipedia
Auroville is an experimental township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, near Puducherry (a.k.a Pondycherry) in South India. It was founded in 1968 by the Aurobindo Ashram's "The Mother" and designed by architect Roger Anger. Construction of the central place of meditation - the Matrimandir was completed in 2008.

After the informative video about the township and its "heart" and spiritual centre - the ancient Banyan and the Matrimandir - at the centre of the worship revealed that the central crystal sphere disperses a ray of sunlight into the meditation centre.

The exhibition at the visitor's centre highlight the various sustainable practices instituted at Auroville. 

The 1 km walk from the visitor's centre to the Matrimandir viewing area is dotted with plaques with information about what flowers stand for - the one that stood out for me was that the Morning Glory stood for Gratitude.

There is a field of solar panels in the final stretch to the centre of the township.

It was exciting to learn Auroville is a living example of the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam -
a Sanskrit phrase which means "the world is one family."

The sustainable developmental practises of Auroville include

Empowerment of Women through Employment in SME including handicrafts exhibited in the boutiques within the township and in chains throughout the country.
Use of renewable energy.

Reducing, Reusing, & Recycling Waste and many more ecologically and economically friendly practices.

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