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“Varadaraja Perumal Temple” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Varadaraja Perumal Temple
Ranked #12 of 66 things to do in Pondicherry
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Bengaluru, India
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“Varadaraja Perumal Temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Varadarajaperumal Temple.
This temple is located on M.G.Road and is said to be the oldest temple in the town. This Vishnu temple has coloured Gopurams and sculpted pillars

Visited December 2013
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Gorakhpur, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is one of the oldest and the biggest temples of the Pondicherry-about 800 years old, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located at the busy Mahatma Gandhi Road of the city.We reached here at 10 AM, because its opening timings are 6 Am -12 Am then 4 PM to 9 PM. There is big gate at the entrance with very high Gopuram (Spire), constructed in typical Dravidian style, but with a difference from other temples. This was the only temple which remained unfettered from the attack and destruction of the invading rulers. Deity inside sanctum sanctorum is of Lord Vishnu, who is supreme God of Hindus, also called ,Narayan , Hari or Parmatma. According to the Hindu mythology, whole universe was created by Lord Bramha at the behest of Him. It is sustained and maintained by Him. He is sahastranama (having one thousand names), will have total ten incarnations. Lord Ram is His 7th incarnation, Lord Krishna is 8th and Lord Buddha is 9th-His tenth incarnation will be as Lord Kalki-Vishnu at the end of current Yug, Kaliyug. . On entering inside you’ll see a big pillar like structure then there is pipe barricading to make order of Q, Today there was no crowd so we had good darshan within fifteen Mnts time. Lord Vishnu’s idol was about 5 feet’s in height with two white Tilak on the His forehead. He looked very cute and charming, as if showering blessings upon us. After this we came out and took a round of the gallery, watching His many forms, depicted by the statues. His typical form is, having four arms with Conch( Panchajanya Sankh) in His Lt upper arm, Wheel/ Chakra(Sudarshan Chakra) in His Right upper arm then Gada(sriking weapon) in His Lt lower arm and having Lotus (Padma) in His Right lower arm in blessing pose. This was the most easy and satisfying and spiritual visit in minimum time.
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Visited October 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Holy enough for a visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Much bigger than the No.1 rated temple and attraction of Pondicherry, the Manakula Vinayakar Temple and certainly with a better Holy feel too. The temple has a pond too, at the rear but it closed and off limits to devotees. The gopuram at the entrance is impressive and so are the sculpture work in and around the temple though they are in need of preservation. As you do the pradakshina (circumnavigation) of the main deity there is a good amount of sculpture to be seen though they have been painted a bit gaudy. A good portion of the temple seem to be unused and looks like there had been deities and worship in those parts. And near these places there are older constructions where a lot of doves are dirtying the place with their droppings. These areas need cleaning badly. There is a nice black stone floor to sit to spend some time in prayer or contemplation inside the temple's premises. Tulsi garlands can be purchased at the entrance and as you enter the temple there is a nice contraption where water continuously flows via a perforated pipe enabling to wash your legs, though on the way out they get your feet wet again to attract the dust and dirt on from the road. The temple is located on M G Road, very close to the main four road junction of Pondicherry (near the Andanda Inn, Surguru Hotel and Hotel Aarti). Worth a visit if you have the time.

Visited September 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Quite interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Visited this temple quiet by accident. We had gone to MG road to pick up umbrella's for unseasonal rainfall, when we saw this temple opposite the store. At first the sheer no of characters on Tamil temples and the skilled craftsmanship that goes into carving each of them, always left me impressed. This temple, with its towering entrance (very few buildings in Pondi are higher than 3 floors), and colourful characters, I had no option but to enter.
As a person who doesnt prefer temples due to their crowds and filth, I was quite pleased to be at this Temple.
Again, I wouldnt make a scheduled stop to see this temple, but if your in the area (and if ur Pondi for more than 1 night, ur bound to goto MG road) well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Calangute, India
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“a very old temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The temple is very old and needs proper maintenance. Inspite of being ruled by the French for a long time the originality of the temple décor is still maintained.

Visited December 2012
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