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‘Auroville’: Discover the city without politicians, money and religion

Characterized by sustainable urban planning, the city is home to 3,300 people

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Auroville is a community with no government, money or religion, located in southern India and known for ecological experimentation and sustainable development.

Located in southern India, Auroville is a community 17 minutes from Puducherry, founded in February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, known as “The Mother”. The city is known for have no government, money or religion.

Named after the philosopher Sri Aurobindo, Auroville has around 3,300 inhabitants of 52 nationalities. Half of its population is made up of Indians; another 20% are French. With an area of ​​2 thousand hectares, the city stands out for its ecological experimentation and sustainable urban planning.

Although a capacity of 50,000 people was planned, Auroville currently has around 3,300 inhabitants. With 2.5 km in diameter and a 5 km green belt, the central point of the city is the Matrimandir, a golden temple of silent meditation.




Since the city lives without authority, decisions are made with the consent of residents, who receive financial support from the government. The committees manage sectors such as education, economy, health and infrastructure. Instead of cash, residents receive a stipend of around $225 (R$1,100) and transactions are made through community accounts. To enter, residents donate their goods to the community, as there are no private properties.



Auroville opened in 1968

Cooperation is essential in Auroville, the “city of dawn” or “the city of dawn,” where residents have transformed a desert into forest, planting more than three million trees. They seek self-sufficiency, producing half their own food and using renewable energy.



Auroville is known for sustainable urban planning

Source: Terra

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