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Sri Manakula Vinayagar temple

Moolavar : Manakulathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : NA
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Well
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : Manakulathu Vinayagar
City : Pondicherry
District : Pondicherry
State : Pondicherry


   Praised and sung by: Mahakavi Bharathiar


   Ganesh Chaturthi is very devotionally celebrated in the temple with abishek and special pujas. The crowd on the English New Year Day would be too huge. On the day, devotees are very particular to have His darshan before their other routines. 25 day Brahmmotsavam in the month of Avani (August-September), 10 day Pavithra Utsavam, monthly Chaturthi days (fourth day from New moon or full moon day) are the festive days in the temple. Deepavali, Pongal festivals are also observed with special poojas.

Temple's Speciality:

   While we have not heard of a night shrine for Vinayaka in any temple, there is one in the Manakula Vinayakar temple. He stays here with his consorts. The idol taken to this shrine, called Palliarai, will have the feet part alone. Vinayaka on the Well: The stage (peetam) set for the God is on a well which many may not know. This may be a well or even a tank. A six inch radius pit runs on the left side of the peetam, the depth of which could not be measured and it is always full o

Opening Time:

   The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.


   Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry-605 001.



General Information:

   There is also a Nardhana Vinayaka (dancing Vinayaka) in?Manakula?VinayakaTemple.??A siddha, name Thollaikasu Siddha was a devotee of the temple.??Mahakavi Bharathi, Swami Arvinda and Annai were staunch devotees of Manakula vinayaka.?Annadhanam takes place each day.??Every form of Vinayaka could be seen in this temple.


   Vinayaka is the first deity worshipped in Hindu temples and families before taking up any work as He is the authority to check any obstacle that come in the way of our endeavours. The elephant faced Vinayaka?s help is sought not only by humans but also by his own parents, Shiva and Parvathi. His brother Lord Muruga sought his help to marry Valli. His place in Hindu religion is superlatively great. And He is the symbol of wisdom.No surprise that all men and women, school children especially during examination times throng his temple to draw inspiration and courage to proceed with their works. Marriage, child, launching a business, buying a new vehicle, and for every new or current endeavours, devotees seek his blessings. The speciality in the Manakula Vinayagar temple is that the devotees are not from the Hindu fold alone but from the Christian community too. Those leaving Pondicherry, seek the blessings of Manakula Vinayakar for an incident-free journey and successful completion of their job at the other end. The reputation of Manakula Vinayakar is surprisingly great.

Thanks giving:

   People generously place their offerings in the Hundi. It is noteworthy that U.S. citizens had offered a diamond crown to Vinayaka. He is internationally worshipped. Devotees perform abishek to the Lord in oil, fruit juices, honey, milk, curd, swarna (gold) and with conch (sankabishekam) and Kalasas (holy pots). Devotees also perform Wedding Festival to Vinayaka with silver chariot which they pull. Devotees also undertake to feed the visitors

Greatness Of Temple:

   In India, this is the only Ganesh temple with a tower covered fully with gold. He stands by three legs a rare feature not to be seen elsewhere. Wedding festival is celebrated for Vinayaka only in this temple. Siddhi and Buddhi are his consorts.There is also a Nardhana Vinayaka (dancing Vinayaka) in Manakula Vinayaka Temple. A siddha, name Thollaikasu Siddha was a devotee of the temple. Mahakavi Bharathi, Swami Arvinda and Annai were staunch devotees of Manakula vinayaka. Annadhanam takes place each day. Every form of Vinayaka could be seen in this temple.

Temple History:

   The French built a Fort here in the year 1688. The temple behind this fort was the Manakula Vinayakar temple. This was near the sea shore with lot of sand (Manal) and hence the tank came to be known as Manarkulam ? Manakkulam. Many government manuels also confirm this fact. It is on the eastern part of this tank, the temple is built known as Manakkula Vinayakar temple and became very popular in the days that followed.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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