A short 20-minute drive from Puducherry will bring visitors to Auroville, a universal township founded by Mother Mirra in 1968. At its core lies Matrimandir (temple of the mother), a brilliant golden dome surrounded by green lawns, where visitors can meditate and introspect in silent concentration. Matrimandir or 'Soul of the City, as it is called, is located in a large open area, Peace. 

Symbolic of the birth of new consciousness, the mandir has been divided into a dozen individually named parks - Bliss, Light, Life, Existence, Consciousness, Power, Wealth, Perfection, Harmony, Youth, Progress and Utility - each having its own set of flowers, trees and shrubs. It has taken over 40 years to build and the construction of its 12 gardens, as wished by the Mother, is still a work in progress. One has to watch a video on what the Matrimandir stands for and understand its purpose at the visitors' centre before being allowed onto the premises. Bookings have to be made in advance at the centre.

Visitors' centre also has a number of moderately-priced restaurants that serve Italian, French and India cuisines. Some of these restaurants are vegan too. There are some boutiques within the premises that are great places to pick up crockery, dresses, paintings, bags and an assortment of knick-knacks.

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