Known to fulfill one’s wishes, the main deity of the Mankula Vinayagar Temple is Lord Ganesha. The temple dates back to 300 hundred years. Intricate statues adorn the exterior of the temple and detailed depictions of mythological chapters about Ganesh lead to the sanctum sanctorum where a majestic bejeweled idol gleams in the lamps lit in its honour. The temple has miniature shrines along with that of Lord Murugan, the brother of Ganesh.
During French rule, there were attempts to destroy the temple but the protests from the local Hindus made it impossible. A story also goes that previously the temple being much smaller, there was less space for the devotees to do ‘parikrama’, so Ganesh asked the Mother (Sri Aurobindo Ashram) to buy and donate land around the temple.
Due to the many myths around the deity, devotees throng to seek blessings at this temple, especially on festivals such as Vinayagar Chaturthi.
Manakula Vinayagar Koil St, White Town, Puducherry, 605001, India
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