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Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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During your visit to Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, observe as thousands of pilgrims come to praise the god Ganesa and to cleanse their spirits. Learn about the temple's turbulent history, including several attempts by the French to destroy the building, all of which were fortunately halted by fervent protests from the Hindu population. As you enter abundantly decorated halls, notice the 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs) engraved golden chariot made entirely with devotees' donations. Shops surround the temple, so you can purchase a souvenir to remind you of your visit. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Pondicherry holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Very friendly and accepts non Hindus everywhere. A bit of Hinduism in the quiet heart of the White City.
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  • a southern Tamilian style of temple that adore and worship the God Ganapati (Vinayagar) or Ganesh . the temple was intricately decorated with lots of idols and beautifully painted with colorful style ...  more »
  • Very modern Ganesh temple in a prime locality well maintained and clean A must visit for Hondus Not great in terms of architecture It is a planned small temple  more »
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  • Visited this Temple couple of times. Small temple for Lord Ganesh, located on the next street to the famous Aurabindo ashram. Well maintained. Very interesting paintings of Ganesh on the ceiling as well as on friezes. You are rushed through the regular darshan queue, but it's still nice. Special darshan also available here. Must visit place in Pondicherry.
  • The best part is Lekshmi the elephant.. Don't miss the pat from Lakshmi....The interior of the temple is nice.... There are particular time for Darshan...
  • Beautiful & oldest vinayagar temple... This Hindu temple, located in Pondicherry is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is widely considered a popular pilgrimage site.
  • Serene yet cogent- visit the temple early (I went at 0615) for a good Darshan.
  • Must visit place in pondy. Nice temple, architecture and paintings inside the temple are to be observed. Very nice.