Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Koil St, Pondicherry, India
0413 233 6544
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple Pondicherry Reviews
Om Namo Ganeshaya May 21, 2012
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is located next to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. As per history books. this temple exist before the French came and settled in Pondicherry (1666).
We can see colour full paintings depicting Lord GANESHA's doings on ceiling of the temple. Also his various forms can be seen on the wall inside the temple. Name Manakula Vinayagar means God near the pond of sand.
An elephant named Laxmi bless the devotees visits this place outside the temple too. Definitely a divine experience in Pondicherry on the bank of the sea.
Photography is not allowed inside the temple.
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Great chance to watch Hindu temple rituals Sep 14, 2008
The Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a lovely small temple that may be worth a visit if you’ve been in India for only a few days and haven’t experienced much of the Indian temple customs. We were not sure what the standard practice of this temple is, but when we arrived there around four in the afternoon (by accident, since it’s really close to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram), there was a lovely chaos in front of the temple. The temple elephant was blessing local people and at another colourful cart a priest was blessing people who offered incense and prayed.
If you’ve been in India for a while, this temple and its blessing rituals won’t be anything new to you and you can easily skip it.
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