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Pondicherry, India

Surrounded by Tamil Nadu, the city of Pondicherry is the capital of Pondicherry union territory formed in 1962 from the four former colonies of French India-Pondicherry, Karaikal, and Yanam, on the Coromandel Coast, and Mahe, on the Malabar Coast (de facto transfer of French possessions to India took place on 1 Nov, 1954, de jure transfer on 28 May, 1956, and instruments of ratification were signed on 16 Aug, 1962). The city of Pondicherry originated as a trade centre in 1674, when it was purchased by the French from a local ruler. Today it is a seaside tourist resort known for the Hindu ashram (religious retreat) of Sri Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950), now an international study centre. The union territory is governed by a lieutenant governor advised by a chief minister and a Council of Ministers; the jurisdiction of the Chennai High Court extends over it. (Also see Auroville.) [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica]

Sri Aurobindo ashram

Place de la Republique (more)


Governor's residence

Colonial quarter street

Colonial quarter street

Colonial quarter street (more)

Colonial quarter street

St. John's church (inside)

Petting an elephant

Manakula Vinayagar temple

Evening glitter

On Ambour Salai

Immaculate conception
cathedral (inside)

Children's park

Pondicherry war memorial

Cluny doorway

Marquis Dupleix

Notre Dame des Agnes

Pondicherry museum

Chola bronze (Amman)

Romain Rolland public library

Beach women

Beach Women, 1996

Beach women

Mothers and daughters, 1996

Exam time

At an Aurobindo ashram guesthouse, 1996




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