On 28 February 1968, a remarkable ceremony took place in South India, near the city of Pondicherry. An international city was founded, known as Auroville.
Invitations to the founding ceremony were sent out by UNESCO, the Indian government and a French-Algerian philosopher whose real name was Mirra Alfassa, but was more commonly known as “the Mother”.
Delegations from 124 nations and 23 Indian states travelled to the event, bringing soil from their home countries which was sealed in an urn together with Auroville’s Charter in the future centre of Auroville.
Delegations from the following nations were present at the founding:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, China (Nationalist), China (Communist), Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Rep., Ceylon, Chad, Chile, Columbia, Congo, Congo (Kinshasa), Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Dahomey, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, India (23 States), Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Malagasy, Malta, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rhodesia, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sikkim, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Yemen, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Tibet, Uganda, USSR, UAR, UK, USA, Upper Volta, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia.