1.Have you heard of a place called Auroville? . It is 15 km from Pondicherry.
Here’s what’s unique about it-
Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township founded in 1968 by(also known as “The Mother”) and designed by architect . As stated in Alfassa’s first public message about the township, “Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.” (wikipedia)
Auroville was created on the vision of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy to promote a universal town where anyone from any country could come and live consciously without being motivated by/worried about money . To establish this place, Mother met Nehru and got a special Act in the Indian Constitution to support separate laws for Auroville. A barren land was chosen and then it was afforested and developed to build the proposed town. If you look at the land today, it is plush with amazing variety of trees and plants. You will find some of the most beautiful and huge banyan trees in here.
It has truly remarkable architecture as evident from the design of its iconic Matrimandir (took 37 years to be built). It is a haven for Meditation and attracts tourists from all over the world. Students of architecture from all across the globe come for internships here.
Theis covered by golden discs and reflects sunlight, which gives the structure its characteristic radiance. Inside this central dome is a meditation hall known as the inner chamber – this contains the largest optically-perfect glass globe in the world. (wikipedia)
The leaves contain 28 gm of gold per 1000 leaves ()
The green philosophy is taken a step further and there’s a place called Solar Kitchen (community dining hall) which prepares roughly 1000 lunches everyday utilizing the solar energy power ()
To live in Auroville, one needs to spend few months living there first (plus some other norms apply). Since the community is based on collective/oneness principal, whatever you create in Auroville belongs to the foundation (and whole society in turn) and not the individual. The criteria attracts certain kind of people only.
No one has any ownership rights over houses and other buildings, services, projects or commercial activities in Auroville. Selling or renting these assets for personal profit is unacceptable. ()
There are many non-Indians settled in this way. The place attracts a lot of artists, writers, yoga enthusiasts, meditators, teachers etc who like spending time in the non-commercial entity free of distractions. you will not find a single ATM, MacD, KFC, Pizza Hut etc here? There is a huge community that focuses on organic farming. On that note, you should not miss the awesome organic food at Naturellement-