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Temples in Puducherry

The union territory of Puducherry houses a lot of celebrated temples that are an integral part of Puducherry's wide range of tourism options. Even though the long lists of temples in Puducherry are not long-familiar like the ones located in the nearby state of Tamil Nadu, the temples of this union territory are yet singular and charming in their own way! The urban centre is the home of more than 50 temples that attract visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Let's find out some of the far-famed temples in Puducherry along with other useful information.

Arulmigu Manakula Vinyagar Temple

The illustrious Manakula Vinyagar Temple is an important landmark of Puducherry and is regarded as one of the oldest temples in the region. The Manakula Vinyagar Temple is located just 23 km away from Cuddalore, 35 km away from Villupuram, 73 km away from Chidambaram and 135 km away from the southern metropolis of Chennai.

Pondy Manakula Vinayagar Temple

The temple got its name from an interesting fact that there was a pond close to this temple, which was filled with sand due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal and hence Manakulam (Manal-Sand + Kulam-Pond). The temple is located in a prime point of the urban centre as significant localities like Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Law-de-Louristhon Street and Jawaharlal Nehru street can be reached in a matter of minutes. The main deity of this renowned temple is Sri Manakula Vinayagar (Lord Ganesha) and also houses other deities, which include Sri Balasubramaniar and Sri Bala Vinayagar.

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Location and Contact Details:
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam
Manakula Vinayagar Street, Puducherry - 605001
Phone Number: +(91)-413-2336544
Email: office@manakulavinayagartemple.com

Total Area of the Temple: 7,913 sq ft

Highlights: Golden chariot darshan, Golden vimanam darshan, Golden kavasam (Thanga Kaapu), 58 types of vinayagar idols laid in the southern pragaram, Stone engravings, Gorgeous raja gopuram, 18 ft gold plated kodikambam, Lakshmi elephant and so on

Darshan Timings:
  • Morning: 6.30 am to 11.00 am
  • Evening: 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Important Festivals: Brahmothsavam and Sri Vinayagar Chadhurthi

Entry and Other Fee Details
  • Special Entrance: Rs. 20 per head
  • Moolavar Abishegam: Rs. 550
  • Golden Chariot Urchavar: Rs. 1,100
  • Ganapathy Homam: Rs. 1,500
Facilities Available: Locker facility, Bathrooms, Camera allowed

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Sri Varadaraja Perumal kovil, believed to be the oldest temple of Puducherry holds significant importance as the history of this temple dates back to 600 AD. The Varadaraja Perumal temple houses assorted avatars of Lord Vishnu, which are present in divyadesams (108 temples of Lord Vishnu that are named by the Tamil Azhvars) is a never seen before sight to astonish.

Varadaraj Perumal Kovil

The temple is also famous for its Dravidian architectural patterns, brilliantly colorized front gopuram and sculptured towers. The main deity of Sri Varadaraja Perumal kovil is Sri Varadarajar and urchava murthy is referred as devadhirajan. The temple also houses a thayar sannidhi where the amman is called as Perundevi thayar.

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Location and Contact Details:
Sri Varadaraja Perumal kovil
Mahatma Gandhi Road, Heritage Town, Puducherry - 605001
Phone Number: +(91)-413-2224340

  • Main Deity: Sri Varadarajar
  • Thayar/Goddess: Perundevi Thayar
  • Thala Virutcham: Illuppai Tree
  • Theertham: Chandrapushkarani
Darshan Timings:
  • Morning: 6.00 am to 12.00 pm
  • Evening: 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Important Festivals: 10 days Theerthavari, Kodandaramar festival and Brahmothsavam

Kanniga Parameswari Temple

The Kanniga Parameswari temple is one among the most important pilgrimage sites of the union territory of Puducherry and is located in the bustling Mahatma Gandhi Road. The temple is famous for its unique architecture that reflects the architectural grandeur of Tamil and the famed French architecture. The main deity of Kanniga Parameswari temple is the goddess Parvati (consort of Lord Shiva).
Kannika Parameswari Aalayam

The temple features curved walls, massive towers, colorized glass windowpanes which are nothing short of architectural excellence that reflects a delicate touch of French architecture. Nonetheless, the interior overhead upper surface held by the monumental granite columns, and the sanctum sanctorum showcases the intricate traditional Tamil architectural patterns. The Kanniga Parameswari temple is probably the only Hindu temple in the country that showcases French architecture, and the religious site is an ideal destination for photo buffs!

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Location and Contact Details:
Kanniga Parameswari Temple
No 86, Kamatchi Amman Koil Street, Gandhi Road, Pondicherry HO, Pondicherry - 605001
Phone Number: +(91)-9443618365, 9344708982, +(91)-413-2225034

Entry Fee: Free

Darshan Timings
  • Morning: 6.30 am to 10.30 pm
  • Evening: 5.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple

Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara temple, located at Villianur is just few kilometers away from the city centre of Pondicherry. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of Thirukameshwara (siva lingam) and the name of the goddess of this temple is Gokilambal. One of the oldest temples in the region, this temple features a few shrines that goes back to 12th-century Chola Dynasty (one of the longest reigning sequences of powerful leaders in the history of south India).

Gokilamabal Thirukovil

The temple holds a delicate touch of French attribute in a few of its customs. Furthermore, the temple is very famous for its annual temple car festival (Ther thiruvizha) that happens during the months of May and June. This festival is all about devotees pulling a 50 ft tall and grandiloquent chariot through the appropriated veedhis. The annual car festival attracts thousands of devotees from all parts of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.

Some of the other notable temples of the union territory of Puducherry include

  1. Vedhapureeswarar Temple
  2. Kamatchiamman Temple
  3. Sithananda Swamy Temple
  4. Sri Lauda Chinna Amman Temple
  5. Jain Temple
  6. Irumbai Shiva Temple
  7. Panchavady Panchmuga Anjaneya Temple
  8. Saneeswarar Temple
  9. Prithiyankara Devi Kali Temple

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