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People visit to Pondicherry to see Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the capital, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most parts of their life. Other places like Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam are also known for their strong French connections and create a nostalgic effect on the visitors.

People visit to Pondicherry to see Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the capital, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most parts of their life. Other places like Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam are also known for their strong French connections and create a nostalgic effect on the visitors.

The ashram was founded in 1920 when Sri Aurobindo reached Pondicherry, a French colony and put in place his ideas of peaceful community. The ashram, for long, was run by his French companion Mirra Alfassa, universally known as the Mother.

Each member of the Ashram is free to mediate the way and by the course he follows and there are no rituals, obligatory practices, and systematic instruction. The ashram is a diversified community with more than 1200 members out of which 400 are the students of Centre of Education.
To support the administrative system of the ashram, it has various departments to look after basic needs of the members. More than that there are farms and gardens, printing press, libraries, and a number of small-scale industries.

The ashram houses the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the mother and open to everybody for fixed hours every day. 

Pondicherry Museum situated in the Government Park, has a very good sculpture gallery and a section of archaeological finds from the Roman settlement at Arikamedu. There is also a French section charting the history of the colony.

The objects include the four-poster bed in which Dupleix is believed to have slept. There is also a superb collection of the snail shells from the Pondicherry Region. Promenade a lovely beach within bike range from the city center in the north is a pleasant surprise.

Much better than most of the town beaches and with few spectators and 1.5 km long promenade. The beach and the Promenade are the most delightful part of the city and a stroll, sun bathe, and swim enhance the quality of experience. On the beach front are located many sites such as a statue of Mahatma Gandhi surrounded by eight exquisitely carved monolithic pillars, and a war memorial.

Bharthi Museum is located 20 Eswaran Koil Street, the place where the legendary Tamil poet lived after arriving here in 1908 in search of refuge. Bharthidasan Memorial Museum is situated at Perumal Koil Street where Kanaksubburatnam, a disciple of Bharthi lived. He changed his name to Bharthidasan, meaning the disciple of Bharthi and his home is now the second important place of literary pilgrimage in Pondicherry.

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is another attraction for tourists. Built in the Gothic style, this massive church is one of the most beautiful churches in Pondicherry.

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