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Temples Manakula Vinayagar

Manakula Vinayagar

Temple's Peculiarity:

This is the most famous Vinayaka temple in India, and is worshipped by all religion. Most of the features here are unique; this is the only temple were Lord Ganesha poses with his consorts and stands in three legs which is the rarest form. Adding fifty cents to its beauty the main tower is swathed in gold.


All Hindu festivals are celebrated in grandeur in this temple. Devotees queue up in this temple during Ganesh Chaturthi, Brahmotsavam and Pradosham to conduct special poojas.

Special Offerings:

People offer special kind of grass garland, sweet puddings, fruits, and puffed rice to the Lord. One of the foreigner presented Lord Ganesha with a diamond crown. All kinds of abhishekams are performed in the evenings and mornings.


The temple is open on all day from 6 am to 1 pm then from 4 pm to 10 pm.

Speciality of the Temple

The temple houses a chariot which is made fully out of gold. This 10 feet tall chariot is pulled by devotees when it comes on a procession of the town once a year during Vijayadasami festival. The temple is of important pilgrimage site and a tourist destination in Pondicherry. The antiquity of the temple exceeds even the French occupation of the region.

Dress Code to visit the temple

No specific dress code is recommended for a visit to this temple. Still, costumes covering upper arms and legs are suggested as a mark of respect to the temple customs.


Lord Ganesha is hailed as the foremost God by Hindus, without his presence no work will get completed, so people worship him before starting anything. This temple has got miraculous powers and has many exclusive structures. There is a dancing Ganesha named Narthana Vinayaka and this is the only shirne were Lord Ganesh is seen with his consorts Siddhi and Buddhi.


This serene temple is located in the heart of Pondicherry. As it is a very famous temple there will be no difficulty in finding it.

Nearby Temples:

This temple is encircled by lot more petite temples, such as Lakshmi Hayagrivar, Yazh Moori Nathar, Pancha Nadeeswarar, Sundareswarar and Parvatheeswarar.

Travel Mode

Bus : Busses from Chennai will take you to Pondicherry; from Pondicherry bus stand hire an auto or Taxi to reach this temple.

Train : Trains from all major cities will arrive at Pondicherry Junction.

Airport : Pondicherry has domestic airport and its neighbouring place Chennai has international airport.