Lord Ganesha’s The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the famous ancient and popular Pilgrimage Place in Pondicherry situated at a distance of 3km from Pondicherry bus stand.
Idol of Lord Ganesha is locally known as Vellakkaran Pillai because of Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry. Several times local people saved the temple from the French Jesuits and the missionaries who are tried to demolish the temple.
The temple was also known as Bhavaneshar Ganapathy, facing the east near Bay of Bengal, Now called as Manakula Vinayagar. In Tamil Manal means sand and Kulam means pond near the sea. Outer mandapam, Raja Gopuram and outer enclosure of the temple are spread over an area of about 8000 sq.ft.
The gold plated “Kodikambam” is a spectacular highlight of this temple which are 18 feet high. Temple depicts in various forms of the Ganesha with its timelines and locations are in the outside wall of the temple.
Golden Vimana is the rich architectural beauty of the shrine. Facing towards east along with his consorts Buddhi and Siddhi, Lord Ganesha stands here beautifully. Golden chariot is the rests for idol. Exquisite look to the chariot is because of the teak wood and golden racks. Around 7.5Kg of gold used to making of the Chariot. This chariot is carried out for procession on every year during Dussehra. The another features of temple is Dancing Ganesha called Narthan Ganapathy.
300 Years ago a saint attained Samadhi in the premises of this temple named Thollaikkathu Siddhar.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the famous and devotionally celebrated festival in the temple with special pujas and also the other festivals celebrated are “In the month of Avani Brahmotsavam(August/September), 10 days of Pavithra Utsavam & Monthly Chaturthi days(Fourth day from New Moon or Full Moon day)”.
Timings: 5.45 AM to 12.30 PM and 4 PM to 9.30 PM.