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Located adjacent to the Matrimandir and central banyan tree at the heart of Auroville, the Amphitheatre has as its focal point a marble-clad urn containing soil placed in it by representatives of the 124 nations and 23 Indian States that participated in the 1968 Auroville inauguration ceremony.

Today the Amphitheatre is used as a place for the pre-dawn bonfire and silent gathering which draws Aurovilians and friends of Auroville together on New Year’s Day (usually, but not invariably), Auroville’s birthday (Feb 28) and Sri Aurobindo’s birthday (Aug 15), and for gatherings conducive to the raising of consciousness and “inward” focus, such as listening to recordings of Mother reading ‘Savitri’. It also houses the control room and machinery for the Matrimandir electrical, air-conditioning and communication systems, which are located in a chamber below the terraces.

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