India is a land of much diversity and varied cultural backgrounds – and none better than the township of Auroville to illustrate this point. This really curious township situated in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, founded in the year 1968, is home to people from different parts of the world, which resonate with the ideologies and beliefs that this place has to offer. Spiritual leader, Mirra Alfassa was the founder of this unique community that thrives on the novel principles and non-religious ideologies.
Visit the Mantrimandir
According to the ideology here, the Mantrimandir is a meditation hall, a peace area where one can truly connect with their inner self and be completely aware of each breath they take. It is mandatory to watch a video which explains the ideation and inception of this hall, so that you can appreciate the experience better.
Explore the Auroville Beach
Visit the awe-inspiring coastline located to the east of the country. The clear waters and the clean sandy beaches fringed with palm trees along the sides, make for the perfect place to spend your day.
This is an experimental township and people from all over the world visit here, even settle here. Though they have their own set of rules and principles, one of their main motives are to work in peaceful co-operation with each other. You can become a part of the volunteering programmes, where you can help in building houses, conserving the famous Sadhana forest and so on.
Marvel at the cultural melting pot
The beauty of people from various social and cultural backgrounds coming together is that they bring with them their own ways of living, their art and history and so on. You will be thrilled to visit different exhibits such as Mohanam, Pyramid Art Centre, Bharat Bhawan, Kala Kendra, Pitanga Culture Centre, and African Pavilion. You will be able to see the beauty of all these cultural backgrounds and how they have joined hands to form something so meaningful and interesting.
Watch or learn Kalaripayattu
This ancient form of martial arts, originating from Kerala, is intense and has several health benefits. It increases your presence of mind, agility, and body strength. You may take part in one of the beginner’s level classes or simply watch the experts perform and be mesmerized. Kalarigram is a Kalari school that teaches people this art and craft.
Visit the famous Adhishakti theatre
This is considered one of the best theatres in the country and actors as well as aspiring actors come here for workshops on the craft. There are several techniques and skills taught here which has resulted in producing some of the best actors in the country. You can visit the theatre to watch performances or maybe even enrol yourself to a workshop if it interests you.
Visit local restaurants
There are several amazing restaurants here that serve organic and natural food. You will see that the ambience and food are all very humble, however there are cuisines served from the world over, mainly because of the diversity of the people living here.