The Auroville Symbol
The dot at the centre represents Unity, the Supreme; The inner circle represents the creation, the conception of the City; The petals represent the power of expression, realisation.
Shyam Sunder, 1971: “On August 16 I placed before Mother a request for a symbol for Auroville and its departments. She gave a design for tracing by Jayantilal. On 24th I took the tracing to Mother. She liked it. She said that one of the lines should always appear perpendicular as shown in the above picture. She explained the significance as follows:
“The dot at the centre represents the Unity, the Supreme.
The inner circle represents the creation, the conception of the city.
The petals represent the power of expression, realisation.”
Next day I read it out to Mother and she confirmed it.”
In July 1999, the Government of India accorded special protection to the name 'Auroville' and its emblem under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper Use) Act 1950.
The Galaxy Concept of the CityThe Galaxy Concept of the CityAuroville's Masterplan
In terms of physical development, Auroville aims at becoming a model of the 'city of the future' or 'the city the earth needs'. It wants to show the world that future realisations in all fields of work will allow us to build beautiful cities where people sincerely looking towards a more harmonious future will want to live.
Frequently Asked QuestionsOn the Vision of Auroville
Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid-1960s the concept was developed and put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO.
In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.