The foundation of the city was laid by a yoga instructor Mirra Alfassa in the year 1968. She was fondly known as the Mother. She had unwavering belief in the ideology of Sri Aurobindo. The Mother established this city with a view to create a far-reaching change in the ways of thinking among people pertaining to human relations.
The project was given the go-ahead by UNESCO in 1966. One of the chief attractions of this city is Matrimandir. It is a globular structure with shining discs. There are exhilarating gardens that surround the structure. There is also a serene hall designed for meditation.
One of the main reasons why a lot of tourists head off to Pondicherry is that they want to experience a stay in the ravishing city of Auroville. However, the town is also abounding with a number of engaging attractions and one of the most popular attractions is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The Ashram is a beehive of activity. Members of the ashram work day in and day out in various departments including healthcare, gardens, guest houses, engineering and farm units. One of the main high spots at the ashram is the Samadhi (burial sanctum) that belong to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The tomb is constructed in white marble and situated in the centre of the courtyard flanked by trees. In addition, the ashram also has a library, information centre for the visitors, picture section, art gallery and school known as the International Centre of Education.