And the day is here. We were going to set foot in the holy Matrimandir. To say we were excited, sounds almost sacrilegious. However Auroville is removed from religion or worship of any kind, so there's room for my bordering-on-irreverent enthusiasm.
Dressed all in white, both of us were ''meditation-ready''. There's no dress code, however I wanted to wear white, which I associate with peace. We had a quick Hibiscus-infused drink at the Auro cafe before we were called in. It was the sweetest, most rejuvenating thing I've ever tasted.
After a 15 minute introductory video, we were shuttled to the park of unity, with the Golden Dome at its center. We were to observe silence, but I didn't to be instructed to. I was so awestruck at the beauty and aura of this place, replete with manicured gardens and lush greenery, that I was moved into silence quite naturally. As we were led into the concentration chamber, we were first made to encircle a petal shaped pond, which had water flowing into it of its own accord. Simply meditating on this ordinary phenomenon, was actually quite magical.
Then we were led inside the golden dome. There is only one ''city'' in the world, without money, politics or religion. In the pink interior of the golden dome, you can literally hear the sound of your beating heart.
As we ascended the spiral, and reached our final destination, I was bereft of all words. I wondered stupidly, if there's AC on full blast inside- It was so cold, so pristine. However, that wasn't any air-conditioning, it was just marble. And breath. The sound of silence, conditioning the air. Taking small, meaningful steps into this room, I am overcome with a sense of absolute awe. The room is empty. Yet so full. Yet so empty. I would go on and describe this space further and in greater depth, but something stops me from doing so. An experience like that, shouldn't be described in words. It really is, other-wordly.
There is only one ''city'' in the world, without money, politics or religion. In the marble interior of the concentration chamber, you can literally hear the sound of your beating heart. But you know what's even more fascinating? Here, you can actually listen, to it.
In Matrimandir, I found myself drained of myself. In Matrimandir, I found my heart. In Matrimandir, I found the heart of the Universe. In Matrimandir, I found the heart of the Universe and my heart, are one.
And then, we were asked to open our eyes and return.
We stopped by Auro Bakery for a snack and brunched on the most delicious pain au chocolat in town. Next, we moved opposite to Farm Fresh and I picked up chocolate bars and souvenirs from here. The place is a grocery store cum cafe, sheltered under a rustic hamlet. The grocery is more like a candystore, boasting the most organic and authentic collection of chocolate, spices, essential oils and everything under the sun.
After an enlightening experience at Auroville, we wanted to be a little naughty. We headed for Serenity beach, which is absolutely clean and beautiful. We bathed in its waters and let its waves engulf us and its sand make a mess of us.
After making a few purchases along the way, including hand-made paper lanterns, hangings and rattan dream-catchers, it's Au Revoir, to Auroville.
After a quick shower, to wash off the beach, I am determined to shop and eat to our heart's content.
My search leads me to this store called Casablanca, in Heritage Town. The mall, has everything from local organic labels to regular cosmetics.Just opposite, stands another very pretty shop called Ayesha, which specialising in women's cosmetic jewellery. What I loved about Ayesha is they have a sisterhood of their own, encouraging women to come together and root for each other through their all girls club. Adjacent to the store, is a sorbet coloured haven, which goes by the name Py Cafe. We thoroughly enjoyed their coffee, their warm service and their parisian ambience. A great spot for photographs. My hunt finally culminates in the nearby store Kalki, which has the best of organic wear on display. One of the brands that piques my interest, is To Be Two. They have unique, yet timeless cuts and their work on linen is quite laudable.
Next, we were keen to find a seafood fine dine. Little did we know, that the best Chettinad in town, is served on the rooftop restaurant of our hotel, Le Chateau!
The restaurant, like the hotel is warm and colonial styled, but with a very peppy feel to it. We feast on the local prawn curry and enjoy spiced fish with rice
and naan respectively, before retiring for the day.