At the very centre of Auroville one finds the 'soul of the city', the Matrimandir, situated in a large open area called 'Peace', from where the future township will radiate outwards. The atmosphere is quiet and charged, and the area beautiful, even though work continues in the Gardens.
The Matrimandir can be viewed as a large golden sphere which seems to be emerging out of the earth, symbolizing the birth of a new consciousness. During the past 45 years, Matrimandir's slow and steady progress towards completion has been followed by many.
While walking through the lovely green Matrimandir Gardens (divided into 12 individually named parks such as "Harmony", "Bliss", "Perfection", each with their variety of flowers, shrubs and trees), one's attention is greatly drawn by this important and powerful feature at the heart of the city, seen by the Mother as the "symbol of the Divine's answer to man's aspiration for perfection" and as "the central cohesive force" for the growth of Auroville.
The name 'Matrimandir' means literally 'Temple of the Mother'. According to Sri Aurobindo's teaching, the 'Mother' concept stands for the great evolutionary, conscious and intelligent principle of Life, the Universal Mother, - which seeks to help humanity move beyond its present limitations and into the next stage of its evolutionary adventure, the supramental consciousness.
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