Meaning of the names of villages in
the Auroville area
text lists the possible meaning of the names of the various
villages, hamlets and colonies in the Auroville bioregion. The
names and descriptions may give the reader an additional insight
into the colourful Tamil culture in whose midst the Auroville
township is to emerge..
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Edge of the Fort.
A wayside inn
(shelter) of cowherd community.
A small, beautiful
seashore village full of banyan trees.
IRUMBAI MAAKAALAM (IRUMBAI )
Shrine of Mahakaleswara,
housing two 'Mothers', Kaali and young Kaali.
Village of koel
birds. (The koel bird is the symbol of Jeevatma, one's soul.
Most revered hall
of consciousness. (Similar to Chidhambaram).
by Naval trees (blue berries).
A shelter dedicated
to a particular 'siddha' - a mendicant who was known for his
stubbornness and service.
A village connected
with the sky. (UR stands for habitat.)
A tiny village
connected with Akash, the sky.
housing a community of caretakers of horses.
of Brahmins (or, a village named after Pappammal).
A small village
surrounded by certain plants (thorny bush Nerunjil, drumstick
trees etc.). Another meaning: a place with a workshop for making
axil for bullockcarts.
PULICHAPALLAM ( PULLISAIPALLAM)
around the pond.
SANJEEVIRAYAN PETTAI ( SANJEEVI NAGAR)
Sanjeevi , the
Lord Hanuman, protector of medicinal plants. It is the village
of a chieftain named after Hanuman, Sanjeevi Rayan.
A market place
named after the Raya, the chieftain.
A new small village
named after the Raya, the chieftain. (Pudu meaning new.)
Village of deep
Community of shepherds.
Derived from Neydhal,
meaning a village with a particular character of seashore culture.
Another meaning is water lily. A village with the character
of water body.
A camp of earth
workers or diggers.
A village named
after a king wearing a garland, 'ulignai', to mark the victory
over a strong enemy by capturing his territory.
A shelter named
after a senior Mudali, one who holds money or capital.
A shelter named
after the younger Mudali (see above).
Pillai means one
who is youthful. It also denotes a caste name. A shelter donated
This place was
originally called Brahma Puram and later Bomma Puram. There
is a spiritual center called Thirumadam, Samadhi of Balayananda
The bank protecting
This comes from
the old name 'matrur', meaning 'another village'.
This has strong
Hindu connections with Varanasi. 'Kasi' means Varanasi (Benares).
Vast area of sand.
A water source
A fishing village,
catchment area of kala, a kind of fish (sturgeon).
PUDDUCHERRY (Pondicherry )
community; so Pudducherry means a 'new community'. The original
name of Pondicherry is Vedapuri, City of the Vedas.