Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Wedding Festival Of Buddhi & Siddhi With Lord Vinayagar Is Celebrated Grandly In This Temple - Manakula Vinayagar Temple - White Town - Puducherry

Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Union Territory of Puducherry, India. Dedicated to the god Ganesa, it is a popular pilgrimage site and tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is of considerable antiquity and predates French occupation of the territory. This temple existed before the French entered in to Pondicherry and occupied Pondy that means this temple is present before 1666. The idol of Vinayagar in this temple is facing towards the east coast and the temple is near the Bay of Bengal and behind a fort which was constructed by the French. This temple was initially named as Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy but now this temple is called as Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
The word Manal actually means Sand & the word Kulam mean a little pond nearby to sea shore. This is the reason people have named this temple as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar, this means the God near a pond full of sand. But later Lord Vinayagar was called as Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy. Many missionaries and French people tried to demolish this Pondy Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy Temple-Pondicherry but they were not successful. Presently the temple is built in 7913 sq. ft. with outer mandapam, Raja gopuram, Kodikambam (18ft tall gold plated), front mandap, Mahamandap, Sanctum, walk around area, other deity prahara, kitchen, office, Urcharvar deity, Marriage Hall, Inside the temple, the presiding deity placed in Karuvarai area 4 X 4 square place as the sanctum and the Vimanam above covered fully with gold plated.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Main Entrance
Manakula Vinayagar Temple Main Entrance
On the north side of the sanctum, Komugi is kept for abishega water will come out and a small temple for Sandikeswarar. On the southern side, pragara for walk to go to round the ardhamandapam and Sanctum area about 106.56 sq. mt. donated by the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram for extension on 25.12.1968. Now, on the western side of the pragara on the left hand side Sri Bala Vinayagar temple below the silver vimana and on the eastern side of the pragara on the right hand side Sri Balasubramaniar temple below the silver vimana were found. Next to north pragara entrance on the right hand side is Marriage Mandap, the place wherein used for all kind of poojas, homams and Brahmothsavam and Pavithrothsavam were performed to the Urchavamurthy, during the festival days. Different kind of vahanas kept safely at vahana Mandap nearby the temple.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Complex
Manakula Vinayagar Temple Complex
This place was also part of the town where French and white people lived. They made every effort to remove the deity from this place and went even to extend of throwing the deity in sea and every time he came back to the same place, where the temple is now. Later the temple was built near the Bay of Bengal shores as per the Ganapathy Agamam and was named Bhuvanesa Vinayagar Temple. Inside the temple the southern side pragaram wall three rows of gods sculptures and stone engravings are placed. In top row 33 different types of vinayagar idols and in second row 25 types of vinayaga idols and in the third row stone carvings of Vinayagar Kavasam, Ashtalakshmi sthothiram, Idumban & Kadamban Kavasam and Sri Vinayagar Asthothiram were found.

Manakula Vinayagar Shrine
Manakula Vinayagar Shrine
This Pondy Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy Temple-Pondicherry is the only temple across India which is covered fully with Gold on its tower. The idol of Lord Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy is also unique which is not seen anywhere else and the uniqueness is the Lord Vinayagar stands on three legs. This is the only festival where marriage festival for the Lord Vinayagar is celebrated. His consorts are Riddhi and Siddhi. The presiding deity Moolavar in Sanctum blesses his devotees with four hands, the top two holding Angusam, Pasam and the right lowe hand with abayadana muthra and the left one varadhana muthra. Most of the features here are unique; this is the only temple were Lord Ganesha poses with his consorts and stands in three legs which is the rarest form.

Lord Manakula Vinayagar
Lord Manakula Vinayagar
You can see dancing Vinayagar which is called as the Nardhana Vinayaka in this Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy temple. You will be able to see all forms of Lord Vinayagar in this temple. The offerings are given in huge amounts at this Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy temple. The US citizens along offered a diamond crown to Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy. Just based on these offerings given by the devotees, a golden chariot was made for Lord Vinayagar. Around 7.5 kg Gold was used in making of this Chariot which is estimated to be around 35 lakhs. The chariot of Lord Vinayagar is 10 feet tall and breadth is 6 feet. The other materials used for making of this chariot apart from Gold are Copper and Teak wood and engraved with beautiful art work. The first run of this chariot was in the year 2003.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Golden Vimanam
Manakula Vinayagar Temple Golden Vimanam
The Kavasam for Moolavar deity in 14 parts like Gireedam, two ears, Thumbikkai, 2 chestparts, belly, two legs, four hands, peetam were made in 916.7pure gold with Hallmarked certificate, under the estimate of 1.28 crores, the amount was fully collected from the devotees on their gracious donations. On the first time, the golden kavasam wearing ceremony was held on 13-06-2008. Afterwards, on important festival days, the said goldenkavasam weared in Moolavar deity by devasthanam for the free dharshan of the devotees and other days the said kavasam will be weared to moolavar only on payment as fixed.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple Elephant
Manakula Vinayagar Temple Elephant
Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival grandly celebrated with so many special pooja's and Abhishek. New Year is also another day where huge crowd is seen in this Manakula Vinayagar Ganapathy temple to take his blessings and start their new year. Pavithra Utsavam of 10 day is celebrated, Chaturthi days of every month are also celebrated grandly. In the months of August or September you can see a Brahmmotsavam for 25 day. Wedding festival of Buddhi and Siddhi with Lord Vinayagar are also celebrated grandly and this celebration is seen only in this temple.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings : 04:30 PM to 09:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

The Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the ancient temples in Puducherry, a Union Territory situated in the southern part of the Indian sub-continent. The temple is 400 meters West of the Bay of Bengal, 165 km South of Chennai (Capital of Tamil Nadu State), 23 km of North of Cuddalore and 35 km East of Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu. The main deity of this temple, "Manakula Vinayagar" (Pranavamurthy), is facing east. The temple was once bordered on the east side by Orlean Street (Now Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street), south by Jawaharlal Nehru Street, north by Law-de-Louristhon street and west by a canal running north–south.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam,
Manakula Vinayagar Street,
Puducherry,
Pin Code : 605 001.
Phone : 0413 2336544

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