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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Auroville is one of the famous cities in India. Mirra Alfassa, known as The Mother, had organized the followers of Sri Aurobindo into the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, and originated the idea of the universal township. Later on, with her blessings, the idea was taken up by the Sri Aurobindo Society and along with the Indian government, the concept was presented to the United Nations. In 1966, UNESCO passed a resolution giving their acceptance and support to this unique project. The community was founded in February 1968 in order to create a bridgehead for a new consciousness which was seeking to manifest in the world, according to the vision of Sri Aurobindo, and was under the direct guidance of the mother. The project's name is a combination of two French words, aurore for dawn and Ville for city. It is also referred to Sri Aurobindo name.
 
Auroville is composed of a cluster of properties some 12km north of Pondicherry. It can be easily reached via the East Coast Road, ECR which connects Chennai and Pondicherry. The visitor centre and Matrimandir can be reached by travelling eight kilometres westwards from the signposted turnoff at the ECR. Turning east leads directly to Auroville Beach, several hundred metres away.
 
Auroville is an universal township, near Pondicherry in South India, whose stated purpose is to realize human unity in diversity. The township itself consists of areas in Tamil Nadu. Presently, the Auroville project is governed by the Auroville Foundation through an act of Parliament called the Auroville Foundation Act. The Foundation, fully controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, currently owns about half of the total land required for the township.
 
Auroville is not a religious sect or a cult. The Auroville Foundation is under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Government of India, and endorsed by the UNESCO. It's often said that Auroville is like a microcosm of the world. And so it is. Represented within the project are virtually all the major polarities found in global society, plus the inevitable subtle tensions that exist as a result of them.

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