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Pondicherry Villages

The term Pondicherry has been extracted from the Tamil word Puducheri implying ‘the new settlement’. It was a French settlement that included Pondy, Yanam, Karaikal, & Mahe. Surprising is the truth that various districts of Pondicherry fall under several states. The capital Pondicherry is located in the state of Tamil Nadu at a distance of around 200 km from Chennai. While Karaikal too a part of Tamil Nadu, Mahe is positioned in Kerala, and Yanam is in Andhra Pradesh.

There lies a bold influence of French culture on Puducherry town, specifcally on it’s architecture, an outcome of the centuries-old associations this place managed with France. Currently, Pondicherry is more popular because of its relation with Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo chosen this calmful and harmonious place to have his abode in the 2nd decade of this century and remained there until his death. A political revolutionary before coming to Pondicherry, he became one among the most popular sages of latest times made by India.

It was founded in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has developed, under the Mother’s assistance, from a small group of 2 dozen disciples into a big diversified community with about 1200 members. Counting the four hundred students of the Centre of Education and the hundreds of worshippers who reside closeby, the bigger ashram community has about 2000 people.