Art, Craft & Meditation
John Lennon could well have sung about Auroville, City of Dawn, when he sang ‘Imagine’. See how Utopian ideas can come to life in the artists’ work and in the bohemian way of life here.
When you combine the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, a little piece of France, traditional Tamil Nadu and a slice of futuristic utopia you get Pondicherry! Auroville is a living experiment in Pondicherry based on Aurobindo’s philosophy and the vision of his chief disciple, The Mother. People talk of utopia everywhere, but Auroville tries to live it with its Charter that says, "To live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness"!
Auroville is a place that attracts the spiritually inclined in search of peace and equality, the curious visitor interested in the little Gaulish Village experience amidst deep-rooted culturally polar opposite India and those who come here for the art and craft.
Check out the Visitor’s Centre here for the best of art and craft of the resident artists of the place. From scented candles, to bags, from incense sticks to decorative knick-knacks and textiles and food, they have it all.
Explore the meditation centre shaped like a golden globe with a lotus bud centre piece, which holds what people believe to be the largest crystal in the world.
Nothing quite comes up to a bicycle or moped ride around the French Quarter of Pondi (as it is lovingly called) and Auroville to take in the sights of the place and savour the French cuisine and fine wines in the many eating places here..
Creativity knows no bounds in Auroville, the Ashram and its surroundings are ideal for meditation and to meet like-minded souls in search of answers to existence.