The history of Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar Temple of Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry) is earlier than the arrival of French in the year 1666. There is 16 known form of Lord Ganesha has been discussed in scriptures. Among them, the Ganpati of Puducherry, which has seaside faced has been called ‘Bhubaneshwar Ganpati’. Presently he is called ‘Manakula’ which exits with two words. In Tamil, Manal means sand and Kulan stands for the pond.
The surrounding area of Lord Ganesha statute was full of sand at a time and therefore people started to call Manakul Vinayagar. There had been many times different attackers tried to attack at Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar Temple during French domination period. According to history, French people tried to drown the Lord Ganesha Statute into the sea but every time statute was transported back to the proper place. Similarly, several times they used to harm the worship activity particularly at a specific ritual on Friday but could not get success and even in present time, this temple of Lord Ganpati is still honorably established and the major center of attraction for devotees. The premise of Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar Temple is spread over 8000 square feet. The internal part of the temple is made of gold and there is 58 statutes of Lord Ganesha has established in the temple apart from the main Ganpati statute. There are many pictures related to the life of Lord Ganesha has been drawn by various popular painters here on the internal walls of the temple such as birth and marriage of Lord Ganesha. There is a 10 feet high huge chariot of Lord Ganesha that is built by 7 kg of pure gold also kept here. On the special day of Vijyadasmi, Lord Ganesha travels by chariot every year. In the month of August-September, people organize ‘Brahmotsav’ which is grand attraction and festival of Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar temple here in Puducherry celebrates continuously for 24 days.
Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar Temple remains open in morning from 5.45 AM to 12.30 PM and in evening from 4.00 PM to 9.30 PM.
How to Reach Ganpati Manakula Vinayagar Temple:
Temple is only 4 km away from the New Bus Stand of Puducherry and one can take sharing Auto or bus to reach there.
The nearest railhead is located in Viluppuram which is 35 km away from Puducherry’s Ganpati Manakula temple.
Puducherry is well connected from Chennai, Thanjavur, Trichy, Coimbatore, Banglore, Madurai etc by road and you can reach here by bus. Small air crafts are also reached to Puducherry and the nearest major airport is located in Chennai at the distance of 135 km.
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