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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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  • Our visit took place on a Friday, the day of choice for honour Ganesh and ask him to promote the contracts, the exam success and wealth. We have seen of businessmen, students. A pleasant atmosphere and a high crowd in color
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  • The temple stays closed from 2 to 4 for lunch. It's very spacious and contains idols of many Gods and Goddesses, the centre of attraction being a Lord Ganesh temple. Cameras are not allowed inside and...  more »
  • One of my favorite temples. A must visit whenever I visit Pondicherry. It is spacious and peaceful. Lot of positive energy. Last time when I went there, I wasn't keeping well. I felt a little giddy. T...  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.