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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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  • A must visit to this temple for all the believers. It has historical significance and centrally located. You can see Lord Ganesha in various forms not only from the country but across the the nations ...  read more »
  • Amazingly big and ellegant temple. The main attraction is it has an elephant named Radha, whom you can feed. 
  • nice and gorgeous temple , locating near arabindo ashramam , near to beach , important place to visit in pondy 
  • Very old temple. Neatly maintained. Main diety has a powerful and peaceful ambience. The walls inside the temple depicts 'snapshots' of famous Ganesha idols from temples across India and outside India too. Notable ones from outside are from Java, Kabul, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, etc.
  • Dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. Located just 400m away from the sea, near Sri Aurobindo Ashram. There'll be crowd everyday irrespective of any season.
  • Old and familiar temple in Pondicherry. Many foreigners also love to visit this place.
  • Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. According to Sasthra, Lord GANESHA is named in 16 types based on his various forms out which this god facing the east cost near Bay of Bengal it has been named as Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy, now called as Manakula Vinayagar. In Tamil 'Manal' means sand and 'Kulam' means pond near the sea, earlierly which was full of sand around pond. So the people called the god as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar [means God near the pond of sand]. Later it is named as MANAKULA VINAYAGAR. The Jesuits and missionaries tried to demolish Manakula Vinayagar, but they could not demolish the temple. During 1700 French prohibited performing poojas and festivals particularly on Fridays in the temple. All the Hindus who were worshipping Lord Vinayaga objected and migrated to Moratandi English Territory.
  • I was blown away with the beautiful temple. The colors and more then 100 idols of Lord Ganesha. The History of Lord Ganesha's idols are covered. Also the way temple is built. Amazing experience. A very Unique temple. Also their is a Big live elephant who gives blessings outside of the temple. Beautiful
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