An experimental spiritual community based on the ideas of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Auroville is an experimental township in Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, close to Puducherry, South India. In the words of the Auroville website: “Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world” (, last accessed 9/30/2013). Founded by Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual companion and collaborator, Mirra Alfassa (1878–1973), also known as the Mother, the name of the town, as explained by her, means both “the city of Dawn” and “the city of Sri Aurobindo.”
At present (2013), Auroville has about 2300 residents and about 100 communities spread over around 20 square kilometers (, last accessed 9/30/2013). Indians form the largest single nationality represented, followed by the French and the Germans....
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