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Pondicherry Manakula Vinayagar Temple Timings, History

Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple existed before the French arrived and settled in Pondicherry, that is to say before 1666. According to Sasthra, Lord Ganesh is named in 16 types based on his different forms in which this god oriented eastward cost near the Bay of Bengal. Earlier Manakula Vinayagar Temple is known as Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy. In Tamil, “Manal” means sand and “Kulam” means pond near the sea, which was previously filled with sand around the pond. So people called the god Manal Kulathu Vinayagar [means God near the pool of sand]. Later, he received the name of Manakula Vinayagar.

Jesuits and missionaries tried to demolish Manakula Vinayaka but were unable to demolish the temple. During 1700, the French banned the holding of poojas and festivals, especially on Fridays in the temple. All the Hindus who worshiped Lord Vinayaga opposed and migrated to the English territory of Moratandi.

In India, it is the only Ganesh temple with a tower entirely covered with gold. Ganesha has three legs, a rare feature not seen anywhere else. The wedding feast is celebrated for the Lord only in this temple. Siddhi and Buddhi are his wives. Lord Manakula Vinayagar Brahmothsavam festival is celebrated every year for 24 days in the month of August and September.

Pondicherry Manakula Vinayagar Temple Timings:

Morning: 5.45 am to 12.30 pm
Evening: 4.00 pm to 09.30 pm
Timings are subject to change during Festival days and Holidays.

Abishegam Timings: 6.30 am every day for Devotees 11.00 am Monday to Thursday for Devotees (Except Festival Days Evening Abhishegam for Night Dharshanam)

Sankatahara Chatturtti Abishegam (4 Times)
Morning: 6.30 am & 11.00 am
Evening: 4.30 pm & 9.00 pm

Pondicherry Vinayaka Temple History:

The French built a fort here in 1688. The temple behind this fort was the Manakula Vinayakar temple. It was near the sandy seashore (Manal) and therefore the reservoir became known as Manarkulam – Manakkulam. Many government manuals also confirm this fact. It was in the eastern part of this tank that the temple was built known as the Manakkula Vinayakar temple and it became very popular in the following days.

Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy Temple Pooja Timings:

Nadai Thirapu – 5.45 AM
Kaalasanthi(Morning) Abishegam – 6.30 AM
Theeparathanai – 7.30 AM
Uchikaalam – 11.00 AM
Nadai Sathal – 12.30 PM
Nadai Thirapu – 4.00 PM
Saiyangalam(Evening) Abishegam – 4.30 PM
Theeparathanai – 5.30 PM
Arthajama Pooja – 9.00 PM
Nadai Sathal – 9.30 PM
Spadigalingam Pooja Daily 11.00 AM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Uchikaala Poojai will start from 12.00 Noon to 1.00 PM with Mahatheeparathani

Puducherry Vinayagar Temple Sevas:

  • Archanai Ticket
  • Iyyappan Malai
  • Two Wheeler & Three Wheeler
  • Four Wheeler & Heavy Vehicle
  • Saharasra Nama Archanai
  • Thirukoil Vazhigatti
  • Moolavar Abishegam
  • Sandhana Kappu
  • Silver Chariot Urchavar
  • Moolavar – American Diamond Kavasam
  • Moolavar – Navarathna Diamond Kavasam
  • Golden Chariot Urchavar
  • Vennai Kappu
  • Ganapathy Homam
  • Gaja Poojai
  • ThiruKalyana Urchavam Urchavar
  • Moolavar – Gold Kavasam
  • 108 Sangabishegam

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Address:

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Thirukoil
Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street,
White Town,
Puducherry – 605001.
Phone : +91 413 2336544

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