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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Great place to visit , lot of walking to be done. Spiritual , architectural and good vibes surrounded by nature  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This was a totally unplanned visit, and hence, it was only till the viewing point and not inside. Since, we had only 2 days in Pondicherry, we had decided to skip it altogether. But, somehow, we could...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This place is around 15 kms from the heart of Pondicherry. They have good boutiques inside selling fabulous handicrafts & khadi items, but are overpriced. The dome structure is about 2 kms from the ma...  more »
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  • February 23, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    Its Ultimate Place. International Meditation Center. Great Development. Golden Globe hats Off. Awesome Greenery.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • April 17, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    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.

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