Manakula Vinayagar Temple


14.4/5(68 Ratings)

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Overview

Ranked 1 of 169 sightseeing in Pondicherry

The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a beautiful, huge temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is situated just behind the Raj Niwas. This temple was built around 5 centuries back and the idol of Lord Ganesha is locally known as Vellakkaran Pillai. Vinayaka Chaturthi and the 18 days celebration of Brahmotsavam are the famous festivals performed in the temple.

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14th Dec 17

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Amal Ravi
26th Sep 16

After Vinayagar temple we reached the pondicherry beach

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

Ritesh Khajuria
2nd Jul 16

Excellent place to visit

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28th Sep 16

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

13th Aug 16

Holy place

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1st Oct 16

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Srinivas gavini Rao

Srinivas gavini Rao4.3/5

3 reviews

Pleasant and attractive LORD GANESHA

Very pleasant and devotional ambience. Visitors are advised to take special darshan so that pooja can performed on their nakshatra. Alankaram for deity is excellent.

Balasundaram govi

Balasundaram govi5.0/5

2 reviews


We went their by morning. Abishegam for Lord Ganesa is going on. Very nice to see and then alangaram and archana rendered beautifully. Excellent experience and enjoyed very much. The temple is very neat and clean. We feel that we got the Arul of lord Ganesa

Vaishali radhakrishnan

Vaishali radhakrishnan3.6/5

3 reviews


This place s divine, apart from that, there are so many colourful flower shops, especially lotus! That elephant named Lakshmi is super friendly, it's good to buy her some fruits like guvava, bananas etc! Hindus always start their work after praying to lord Ganesh, so it's good to begin your trip with manakula vinayagar ( lord Ganesh in pondy.

Ajith G a

Ajith G a5.0/5

143 reviews

Blessings of Lord Vigneshwara

This Temple is located very near to aurobindo ashram.Vehicles can be parked in the parallel roads of the temple.The temple is very well maintained.Must Visit place in Pondicherry.
  • Blessings of Lord Vigneshwara
  • Blessings of Lord Vigneshwara
  • Blessings of Lord Vigneshwara

Vishnu kr Enrique

Vishnu kr Enrique3.6/5

3 reviews

It is a very good Temple and has a rich heritage ..

The temple has an elephant inside which gives you blessings once you pay to it. :)The temple is beautifully constructed and the best time to visit is evening or morning.

Krishna swamy

Krishna swamy5.0/5

1 review

Best place to see in POndy

Its is one of the must watch place in pondy - Cool Place to spend time with family - variety of prasathams available.The Temple elephant, that gives blessings to visitors. GOLDEN CHARIOT golden chariot was made purely on the basis of collection of donations from the devotees.

Sampathkumar arumugam

Sampathkumar arumugam5.0/5

3 reviews

The was awesome

The temple was located near the beach & park. The temple was very neat & clean. It will take some time to see the god. And we felt very good after visiting the temple

Amit Rao

Amit Rao4.6/5

59 reviews

A very old Temple with a big background history, a must visit

The temple is in the white town of Pondicherry. Easily accessible by road. Recently it was renovated, which increased the beauty of the temple. There is no entry fees, for the temple. But if you want to get a closer look of the deity, you have to pay a small fees. Offerings will also be charged. Only Darshan does not attract any fees. The high light of the temple is the Elephant standing outside( Name- LAKSHMI). Children are more attracted to the elephant. The elephant blesses you by placing its Trunk on your head, on receiving offerings like banana or coins.The interior of the temple has many photos and idols of Lord Ganesha( Vinayagar) which depicts the life of Lord Ganesha. There are replicas of Ganesh idols available in different parts of the world.One of the must visit place if in Pondicherry.

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Sanish Kb

Sanish Kb5.0/5

9 reviews

Wonderful place of worship

One of the main religious place in Pondicherry. A well maintained and neatly kept temple for those who seek peace of mind. A good place of worship. If you get a chance to be at Pondicherry, never miss this temple.

Swateek Jena

Swateek Jena4.3/5

30 reviews

Nice place to visit

The temple's deity can be seen from the road directly, however my major attraction was the elephants who was around blessing people for a small sum. A pretty regular temple, you see a lot of crowd and people busy around their business. The elephant is the show stealer.

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple interior
Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple appearance
Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Pondicherry
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