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Matrimandir, Auroville

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A place of meditation for practitioners of Integral yoga, Matrimandir features a huge golden sphere enveloped by twelve concrete "petals." The four main pillars symbolize wisdom, strength, beauty, and intimacy. The sphere, plated with golden discs, resembles a space ship that landed on an open field next to a large banyan tree--a scene right out of a '70s science fiction movie. The surrounding gardens, also called the Park of Unity, are as peaceful as the temple itself. Plan your Matrimandir visit and explore what else you can see and do in Auroville using our Auroville travel itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Auroville

Instead of contacting any guesthouses or hotels directly, it's best to visit the town's website and arrange a place to stay through the official channels. You can choose to stay with an Aurovillian family or in a separate guesthouse--as well as an Aurovillian guide, who'll help you around during your days in the community. Typically, base prices are low, with guests encouraged to make an extra contribution based on a subjective feeling about the services provided and what they can afford.
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  • Matrimandir (Temple of the Universal mother) is a unique concept, and unlike anything you would have experienced in India or anywhere else. More than just a tourist location, it is an experience, and ...  more »
  • Visited Auroville last Saturday noon.... had to park our taxi at the car park and leg it through a designated, ushered path.... all the way to the Matrimandir. We enjoyed the natural environs along th...  more »
  • We were lucky to be considered for a chance on 4th to be at the place and immerse yourself & soak the tranquility & peace of the place , a marvel made by sheer determination of humans dedicated to the...  more »
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  • Place worth visiting, well managed... disciplined by volunteers. Enjoy more if gets guided. The efforts put in to bring this place up is laudable. Sheer determination, vision, hard work and patience have changed its fate and the scene..... Spirtuality could just be another aspect about the place. Explore it's journey through the time, learn and appreciate yourself. The inside of the Matrimandir Dome to the meditation floor is unique. Must visit, worth visiting.
  • Its Ultimate Place. International Meditation Center. Great Development. Golden Globe hats Off. Awesome Greenery.
  • Very pleasant and peaceful area. Visitors are allowed up to matrimandir visitor point only, not inside. We have to get special permission (registration) for going inside. Public are allowed till 4pm only.
  • Great place to find one's inner soul. The meditation area has so much positive energy, it can easily felt all around. Silence has it's real presence here. Must visit place.
  • Meditation made simpler. Rest the sarrounding will take care. You simply have to get inside, which is of course not that simple. The process involved made it certain that it is just not a tourist destination.