Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.
In 1968, 124 countries (including Cyprus and Greece) and all Indian states marked the inauguration of the international city of Auroville, a unique human experiment respecting and celebrating diversity and pluralism, by depositing a handful of earth in an urn, at the center of the Matrimandir Amphitheater. 50 years later, in 2018, a sister ceremony will see waters from 150 sources across the globe being poured into a golden disc, also at the heart of the Matrimandir Amphitheatre. Water is the source of life and a cause of strife, but most of all a uniting element. All life needs water. Water flows across all borders. Waters from the seven sacred rivers of India, the source of the Nile, the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and waters from rivers, lakes, springs and seas the world over will flow into one harmonious pool, symbolizing the oneness of life on Earth, and our vision of a unified humanity.
For decades now, Auroville has received constant support from India and UNESCO, who have supported this international community in Puducherry.
The celebrations on the 28th February will begin with a bonfire and meditation at 4.30am, and the Water Ceremony will begin at 6am, and last approximately till 6.45am.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Auroville International township on February 25, 2018 to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations and gave the following speech: