Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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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4.5
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Arun Rajaram
Chennai (Madras), India129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Mikan999
Bristol, UK518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This temple, dedicated to the elephant-headed god Ganesh is a riot of colour and multiple images of Ganesh in all his forms. It is a big spacious hall with images and brightly painted statues of many Hindu deities. All are welcome, no photography inside and shoes off - safekeeping of shoes is outside to the left of the entrance. A must visit if you are in Pondicherry.
Written January 11, 2020
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Designdoll
Coimbatore, India87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Vishwa Teja
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Temple timings in the morning are 4:45am to 12:30pm in the morning and again they will open in the evening. But they will pause dharshan after 12pm for around 30 minutes to perform harathi and abhishekam. Please make a note of it. You need to struggle a little bit to park on the street as it is a busy street

Temple has nice paintings
Written November 14, 2022
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Amit J
Kolkata (Calcutta), India875 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is the most ancient temple in Pondy dated to 15th Century. The temple has a very beautiful mandapam for the idols. A lot of gold and silver work is done in inside the temple. The walls and terrace also have paintings of significant events from Hindu mythology.
Another highlight inside the temple is the gold and silver chariots for God of which the Gold chariot is made up of 7.5 kg of gold. The chariots can be found on the right side after entering the temple.
This place is a must visit if you are in Pondicherry.
Written January 28, 2020
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Narendran Dama
Tirupati, India52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a magnificent temple! It is an ancient temple that predates even the presence of French rule in Puducherry. Lord Ganesha is the main deity of the Mankula Vinayagar Temple. The presiding deity of the temple is seated on a Golden Chariot made from teak wood and adorned with gold rings, creating an intricate design on the chariot. 7.5 kilograms of gold are used to make the chariot In addition to Ganesha, the temple also houses the idols of several other important gods and goddesses such as Shri Krishna, Muruga, Shiva, Parvati, and many others. This temple is known for its beautiful wall paintings of Hindu mythological Gods and Goddesses. This temple is clean and well maintained. Other than that, there is also an elephant Lakshmi that blesses people with her trunk every day from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the evening. . As we travel through Tamil Nadu, this is our first stop as we travel south. No entry fee is charged for visitors to visit this temple. Timings for the temple are: 5:45 am - 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Written July 11, 2022
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,265 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lakshmi the guardian resident elephant is long gone but the iconic temple continues as popular as ever. It is not overly crowded and relatively claean and organized inside. However, the energy is missing.
Written January 14, 2020
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Aviv R
Tel Aviv, Israel153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This temple is so beautifully decorated, that it’s just a pleasure to walk in, sit on the floor and look around. The little stories of Ganesha are sculptured on the walls around you and are amazingly done with so much details and color. The ceiling outside is stunning. And it’s a very clean temple, unlike many where the rails rake over much of the space.
Written April 10, 2023
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ShikshaC
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India2,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha where you can offer special pujas. There are several forms of Ganesha on display and the temple is beautiful from both inside and outside. There are musical instruments being played which makes the environment divine. There is a normal darshan and special darshan line where I would suggest to take special darshan ticket of available. There is also an elephant at the entrance to bless the devotees.
Written November 7, 2021
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Kovai Ponna
Chennai (Madras), India16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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