Auroville or the 'City of Dawn' was founded by The 'Mother' on February 28, 1968 as an international cultural township. Auroville was developed with the aid of funds received from different organizations in India and abroad as well as from grants received from the Central and State Governments of India, and the UNESCO, as a project contributing to international understanding and promotion of peace.
About the origin of Auroville, The Mother said: "For a long time, I had had a plan of the "ideal city," but that was during Sri Aurobindo's lifetime, with Sri Aurobindo living at its center. Afterwards ... I was no longer interested. Then, we took up the idea of Auroville again (I was the one who called it "Auroville"), but from the other end: instead of the formation having to find the place, it was the place (near the Lake) that caused the formation to be born..."
As she conceived Auroville, it would be "an attempt to achieve on earth a slightly more ideal life." In 1965, she put the project of Auroville in perspective: "Auroville wants to be a universal town ... where men and women of all countries will be able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creed, all politics and all nationalities, straining to realize human unity. It was three years later, in February, 1968, that Auroville was founded. Read Full Article