The Auroville Symbol

It's Significance

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.

Conception of the Symbol

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.