Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
4.5
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
5:45 AM - 12:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Martha H
Brussels, Belgium3 contributions
Tranquil temple
Apr 2021 • Solo
The temple dedicated to elephant god Ganesh is a lovely place to visit in morning or evening. There is an elephant inside as well which blesses devotees.
Written May 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jay b
Mumbai, India138 contributions
Ganpati bappa morya
Mar 2021 • Family
Cycled through the French quarters of Pondicherry and came upon this temple. Need to be stricter regarding masks and distancing but they were trying their best. Couldn't miss bappas blessing despite the 100 strong line on a Tuesday.
Written March 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

nvp
Bhavnagar, India558 contributions
Divine
Mar 2021 • Solo
Centrally located , just a few steps away from Aurobindo ashram. It is a large temple with a magnificent idol of Lord Ganesha. The temple is well maintained and very clean. As usual photography is not permitted inside. They have a good arrangement for keeping the footwear outside at a charge of ₹ 2/- per pair. I saw a queue of brand new vehicles outside the temple as it is a ritual here that whosoever gets a new vehicle first brings it here for Lord Ganeshan’s blessings. Overall a devotional experience.
Written March 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Designdoll
Coimbatore, India82 contributions
Powerful and beautiful energy at Manakula Ganesh Temple
Jan 2021 • Friends
This was my first visit to this Temple in the French Quarter of Puducherry . Legend has it that a French Governor kept removing the Ganesh idol and disposing of it in the sea only to see it reinstalled the next morning !!!! After which her surrendered to the Lord and became an ardent believer .
Large and spotlessly maintained , the Temple has some exquisite bronzes of Ganesha , not usually found. The main Idol is large and exudes a very powerful energy . The flowers given are fresh water lilies and lotus and after blessing it is returned to you . Lovely experience ! Devotees believe that after their prayers are answered they will break 108 coconuts here - hope mine are !
Written February 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kovai Ponna
8 contributions
Poor Covid Protection measures.
Jan 2021
Visited this temple on 14th Jan2021. For name sake there was a entry point check. People were jumping on each other and there was no control on Social distancing, or mandatory mask etc..., there was no hand sanitizer being given to the visitors.
I do not know why there is a restriction on wearing foot wear in the temple. I will totally agree to remove my foot wear if there is any arrangement to store my foot wear as like in many Gurudwaras. Also if the temple premises are maintained neat then it makes sense. The temple premises are so dirty that you dont feel like stepping in at all on bare foot.
Hope things will improve. Administration will have to make strict adherence of Corona protection measures.
Written January 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fernweh
Hyderabad, India109 contributions
Beautiful paintings but poor implementation of COVID precautions
Dec 2020
I visited during the day. The paintings on the roof were beautiful. Photography isn't allowed inside and the interiors are beautiful. I only wish the staff followed some COVID protocols. Some staff were not even wearing a mask. Inside the temple, the risk is higher as the ventilation isn't great.
Written January 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vairamani R
Salem18 contributions
Temple
Sep 2020
Simply divine. A culmination of cultures. An amalgamation of powers. An example to be noted for the architecture
Written September 13, 2020
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muthukrish2000
Bangalore District, India386 contributions
Good Temple Near Sea
Aug 2019 • Couples
This temple is nearby sea and easily noticeable. You will see paintings on the ceilings of the temple.
Written May 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bodo
Germany23 contributions
Abuse of elephant
Mar 2020 • Family
The children realised after sometime that the 'blessing' given by the elephant was by squeezing the iron thorn chain at the back foot of the elephant. It had tears in its eyes which people don't see for their own happiness. The back legs are wonder and it has to stand whole day without rest. We don't support this way of religion and animal cruelty
Written May 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Arun Rajaram
Chennai (Madras), India123 contributions
Ganapathi Bappa Moriya
Jan 2020 • Family
Huge beautiful colorful Vinayagar Temple in French town very close to Promenade Beach.

They were many paintings and sculptures of Lord Ganesha both inside and outside the temple are beautiful and colourful.

Built in typical south Indian architecture the temple is walkable from Aurobindo ashram.

Particularly famous for blessing elephant which blesses with Trunk when you give money in Trunk.

Really very excitingSometimes the priests pull a curtain in front of the main deity inside the temple before the aarti/puja.

It can take around 10-20 minutes for the curtain to open. If you do not wait your turn in the queue you can buy special darshan tickets
Written May 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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