Want a tryst with divinity? Go to Pondicherry and visit Auroville.
Founded in 1968, this heavenly abode with 2500 residents from 45 countries, living as an extended family, is based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, known as The Mother, who wanted to have it as a universal place where love and compassion rule and human unity in diversity sees its perfection in bonding.
A combination of two French words, 'Auroville' means the 'City of Dawn'. It also means Aurobindo Village - a supramental creation to represent the values of the Guru.
'Be here and be in the lap of nature to commune with the divine' was the idea behind the setting up of this place so that the journey of life can be done in a manner that is in tune with the purpose of life. Its residents are devotees of nature and are lovingly and enthusiastically involved in increasing the natural phenomena around them.
Everything in this abode takes a heavenly shape and colour. The build-up of its buildings and the creation of the surrounding areas, done by world's top architects like Roger Anger, is meant to create a feeling of the closeness to Him and get closer to one's own consciousness.
As Dr Karan Singh says everything here is beautiful and wonderful in their purest form. But the most impressive object is the Matrimandir, a domelike golden structure in the middle of the village with noting inside but a piercing ray of sun that wakes up one to one's consciousness of the powerful divine. Here is a place where one gets to realise one's real self.
This really is the fulfillment of what Sri Aurobindo had dreamt of - "a new earth and heaven, a city of God", reflecting his teachings of Karma Yoga.