Pondicherry 22-23.03.2006

March 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

today at 9:00 am we started to Pondicherry.  For the next two days we are going to be in another popular tourist destination in South IndiaThe city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance.

Auroville (City of Dawn) is an “experimental” township located 8 km north-west of Pondicherry. It was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (known as “The Mother”) and designed by architect Roger Anger. As stated in Alfassa’s first public message about the township, “Auroville is meant 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 realize human unity. 

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on rue de la Marine, is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India. The ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910. Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolutionIMG_3417

During his stay in Pondicherry, Aurobindo developed a method of spiritual practice he called Integral Yoga. Sri Aurobindo Ashram has only one location. It does not have any branches.

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam is a Hindu temple, which houses Lord Ganesha.

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. In Tamil, ‘Manal’ means sand and ‘Kulam’ means pond near the sea. Earlier, there was full of sand around the pond. So, the people called the god as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar [means God near the pond of sand]. Later, it was named as Manakula Vinayagar.

IMG_3452Gandhi statue,

one of the Old and large churches in Pondicherry, which was built in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

after enjoying a Power shopping we went to Dinner. 

Puducherry is also popular for its eateries that cover a wide variety of cuisines ranging from French, Indian and Italian to Mexican, Thai and Chinese. One of those restaurants is Rendezvous Cafe – it serve a unique Indo-French and International cuisine that gives a taste of Puducherry’s colonial influences. 

Rendezvous Restaurent is a modern bright restaurant with a lovely breeze being on a rooftop. It was for us a memorable evening! good food… good service… and finally we could dance Tango…  and we had a amazing time 🙂


Entry filed under: 2016, Classical Indian dance, India, RS on travel, Uncategorized.

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