Inauguration of Auroville
"Greetings from Auroville to all men of good will.
Are invited to Auroville all those who thirst for progress
and aspire to a higher and truer life."
28 February 1968 - The Mother
During the Auroville inauguration in 1968, youth from 124 different nations and 23 Indian states, deposited a handful of their native soil into the Urn, a marble clad structure in the form of a symbolic lotus bud, located in the centre of the Amphitheatre.
The Auroville Charter - handwritten in French by the Mother - rests along with this soil, sealed in the Urn, as a powerful message and promise.
"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and
women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive
harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity."
8 September 1965 - The Mother