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Temple - Pondichery

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Pondichery

This is the most famous Vinayaka temple in India, and is worshipped by all religion. 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. Adding fifty cents to its beauty the main tower is swathed in gold.

All Hindu festivals are celebrated in grandeur in this temple. Devotees queue up in this temple during Ganesh Chaturthi, Brahmotsavam and Pradosham to conduct special poojas.

People offer special kind of grass garland, sweet puddings, fruits, and puffed rice to the Lord. One of the foreigner presented Lord Ganesha with a diamond crown. All kinds of abhishekams are performed in the evenings and mornings.

The temple is open on all day from 6 am to 1 pm then from 4 pm to 10 pm. Uniqueness: Lord Ganesha is hailed as the foremost God by Hindus, without his presence no work will get completed, so people worship him before starting anything. This temple has got miraculous powers and has many exclusive structures. There is a dancing Ganesha named Narthana Vinayaka and this is the only shirne were Lord Ganesh is seen with his consorts Siddhi and Buddhi.

This temple is encircled by lot more petite temples, such as Lakshmi Hayagrivar, Yazh Moori Nathar, Pancha Nadeeswarar, Sundareswarar and Parvatheeswarar. Travel Mode

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Pondichery

This temple nestles in the MG Road at Pondicherry; it is a perfect blend of Dravidian and French architecture. Goddess Sakthi is the prime deity. It is a tranquil temple with excellent sculptures and art works.

Mostly Fridays a lot of locals gather here to perform special Pooja, and during Adi (august) month. Navratri is yet another famous festival in this temple.

People visit this temple to have a prosperous married life, and child boon. Devotees mostly offer lemon garland, vermillion, red saree, and turmeric to the Goddess.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 11 am them from 5 pm to 8 pm.

This temple is an exemplar of Dravidian cum French architecture. The stainless glass paintings, intricate designs on the pillars are done in French style, the goddess shrine; sanctum sanctorum and the stupa are carved in Dravidian way.

There are few temples around this temple, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and Chetty Pillayar Temple

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Pondichery

This age old temple is an important icon of Pondicherry and is praised as one among the 108 Divya Desams. Lord Vishnu is the prime deity in graces in the standing pose.

Ramar festival, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Kothandaramar festival, Purattasi, and Panguni are the noteworthy festivals in this temple. But on all days this temple buzzes with people.

Devotees offer Thulasi garland, Ghee, sandal paste, clothes, sweet puddings, and Thirumanjanam to the Lord for prosperous sand problem free life. People will also donate food and clothes to the poor people around this temple.

This temple is kept opened from 6 am to 12 am then from 4 pm to 9 pm.

There is a mirror temple is this temple which amazes everyone, and there are the effigies of all 108 Vishnus inside this temple. This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu having all the 108 Vishnus. Another specialty of this temple is that, new born babies are brought here and are given the first rice before Lord Vishnu, in the belief that the baby will be took care by Lord Vishnu and will grow up into a famous person.

Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple and Kanniga Parameswari Temple are the nearby temples.

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Pondichery

This time worn temple is praised by many saints and has been renovated newly by Dewan Kandappa Mudaliyar .The prime deity Lord Siva is a swayambu lingam. This startling temple is dated 234 years back.

Being a famous Shiva temple all saivite festivals are celebrated among them Brahmotsavam, Navratri, Pradosham, Sankara Chaturthi, Aadi pooram, Karthigai and Shivaratri are most famous festivals

Devotees come here to get rid of their ill luck and misshapes. They offer white cloth, to the Lord and perform rose water, coconut, sandal and sacred ash abhishekam to the Lord and Goddesses. On pradosham days they also lit ghee lamps.

The temple is active from 6 am to 1 pm then from 4 pm to 9 pm.

The Dakshinamurthy here faces South direction which is a rarest form, and Lord Muruga in this temple is praised by Saint Ramalinga. This temple is very powerful that the devotees will be relieved from all their miseries if they worship the lord with all of their heart.

Some famous temples nearer to this temple are Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Kanniga Parameswari Temple.

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Pondichery

This famous Anjaneya temple is situated 12 km away from Pondicherry. This temple beams with the pride as it has the world’s second largest Anjaneya effigy in the world.

This temple is mostly crowded during Saturdays; some of the important festivals celebrated here are Krishna Jayanthi, and Vaikunta Ekadasi.

Devotees offer Beetle garland, butter and clothes to Anjaneya. They also prepare vada garland for the Lord later they distribute it to the poor people.

The temple is kept open from 7 am to 11 am then from 5 pm to 8 pm.

People suffering from incurable diseases and ceaseless struggles are advised to visit this temple for six consecutive Saturdays and chant the mantra of Jai Ram 108 times; they are also given a spiritual armlet.

Irumbi Shiva Temple is located a few kilometres away from Panchavati temple and so you can visit it on your way back.

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Pondichery

This enormous temple sprawls across two acre farm; all statues here are gigantic and amazing. The main God Saneeswara effigy is about 27 feet tall and all other star effigies are 15 feet tall. People from all over the world come here to witness the marvel.

On Saturdays this temple is packed with devotees as this is the day preferred by Lord Saneeswarar. Festivals of this temple are Sani Prathosam, and New Year.

People suffering from adverse planetary effect visit this temple and do special poojas for their corresponding star deities. They offer black cloth, and Pooja set with beetle leaves and fruits.

Opening time of this temple is from 6 am to 11 am then from 6 pm to 9 pm.

There 108 trees of different breed and of different age around this temple. There are statues of all 27 stars, Siva, Ganesha and even Vastu Bhagavan all above 15 feet tall. These factors make this temple one of its own kinds.

Nearby temples is Sri Pratyangira Devi Temple.

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Pondichery

This temple is hailed as one of the Thevara stalas, with Lord Siva as the prime effigy. This temple is a hoary one but now renovated into a stunning temple. This temple is anchored a few kilometers from Auroville village.

Prathosam, Shivaratri, Karthigai, Brahmotsavam, and Thaipusam are some of the notable festivals commemorated in this temple. Local decorate this temple with Rangoli kolams and flowers during special occasions.

People offer Villva leaves, milk, coconut, and sandal to the God and there will be also Swarna abhishekam, Milk abhishekam, Sandal abhishekam, Panner abhishekam and Mixed Fruit abhishekam.

The legend has it that, eons ago a pious Kaduveli siddhar performed diligent penance towards Lord Shiva. Due to his powerful penance unbearable heat came out from his body and made the place dry, people of this village couldn’t bear the heat, ergo decided to disturb his penance. A dancer girl took the task of retrieving the Siddhar from his penance, after a great struggle she stopped him from his meditation. Then the rain started pouring down making all the people happy, to pay tribute to the Lord the dancer girl dance the Nataraja dance, and at that point siddhar realized that the dancer girl was none other than Lord Siva himself , so he touched her feet. But all the people star to criticize for touching a dancers girl’s leg, to prove his innocence he swear God to appear before him at once the Linga inside the shrine shattered to million pieces and proved his devotion.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 12 am then from 5 pm to 9 pm.

The peculiarity in this temple is that the broken pieces of Siva Linga are woven together by copper threads. There is also a Subramaniya swami shrine adjacent to Siva’s shrine. The path to this temple is picturesque filled with coconut trees, grand Banyan trees and lovely ambiance.

This temple is near to Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.

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Pondichery

This temple is hailed as one of the Thevara stalas, with Lord Siva as the prime effigy. This temple is a hoary one but now renovated into a stunning temple. This temple is anchored a few kilometers from Auroville village.

Prathosam, Shivaratri, Karthigai, Brahmotsavam, and Thaipusam are some of the notable festivals commemorated in this temple. Local decorate this temple with Rangoli kolams and flowers during special occasions.

People offer Villva leaves, milk, coconut, and sandal to the God and there will be also Swarna abhishekam, Milk abhishekam, Sandal abhishekam, Panner abhishekam and Mixed Fruit abhishekam.

The legend has it that, eons ago a pious Kaduveli siddhar performed diligent penance towards Lord Shiva. Due to his powerful penance unbearable heat came out from his body and made the place dry, people of this village couldn’t bear the heat, ergo decided to disturb his penance. A dancer girl took the task of retrieving the Siddhar from his penance, after a great struggle she stopped him from his meditation. Then the rain started pouring down making all the people happy, to pay tribute to the Lord the dancer girl dance the Nataraja dance, and at that point siddhar realized that the dancer girl was none other than Lord Siva himself , so he touched her feet. But all the people star to criticize for touching a dancers girl’s leg, to prove his innocence he swear God to appear before him at once the Linga inside the shrine shattered to million pieces and proved his devotion.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 12 am then from 5 pm to 9 pm.

The peculiarity in this temple is that the broken pieces of Siva Linga are woven together by copper threads. There is also a Subramaniya swami shrine adjacent to Siva’s shrine. The path to this temple is picturesque filled with coconut trees, grand Banyan trees and lovely ambiance.

This temple is near to Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.

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Pondichery

This temple is hailed as one of the Thevara stalas, with Lord Siva as the prime effigy. This temple is a hoary one but now renovated into a stunning temple. This temple is anchored a few kilometers from Auroville village.

Prathosam, Shivaratri, Karthigai, Brahmotsavam, and Thaipusam are some of the notable festivals commemorated in this temple. Local decorate this temple with Rangoli kolams and flowers during special occasions.

People offer Villva leaves, milk, coconut, and sandal to the God and there will be also Swarna abhishekam, Milk abhishekam, Sandal abhishekam, Panner abhishekam and Mixed Fruit abhishekam.

The legend has it that, eons ago a pious Kaduveli siddhar performed diligent penance towards Lord Shiva. Due to his powerful penance unbearable heat came out from his body and made the place dry, people of this village couldn’t bear the heat, ergo decided to disturb his penance. A dancer girl took the task of retrieving the Siddhar from his penance, after a great struggle she stopped him from his meditation. Then the rain started pouring down making all the people happy, to pay tribute to the Lord the dancer girl dance the Nataraja dance, and at that point siddhar realized that the dancer girl was none other than Lord Siva himself , so he touched her feet. But all the people star to criticize for touching a dancers girl’s leg, to prove his innocence he swear God to appear before him at once the Linga inside the shrine shattered to million pieces and proved his devotion.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 12 am then from 5 pm to 9 pm.

The peculiarity in this temple is that the broken pieces of Siva Linga are woven together by copper threads. There is also a Subramaniya swami shrine adjacent to Siva’s shrine. The path to this temple is picturesque filled with coconut trees, grand Banyan trees and lovely ambiance.

This temple is near to Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram.

Monuments - Pondichery

Tourist Places - Pondichery

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Pondicherry

Whether it’s a five year old kid or a fifty year old man, Beaches and oceans holds a great fascination. Its never-ending shores, sugar white beaches, sand castles and palatial sea foods are the reason for its fascination. Pondicherry is one such sea land, having surplus beaches.

This beach is called by many names, Gandhi beach or Promenade beach or Rock beach, lying just three km from the main bus stand. This beach is located just at the core of Pondicherry, which gives it easy accessibility and also attracts more tourists. It got its name as rock beach as its shore are embedded with black rocks and there is a Mahatma Gandhi effigy, which is why it is also known as Gandhi beach. This beach has the best promenades and is the apt place for a peace of mind. It will be a most cherished experience as you stand on the craggy rocks and let the wave caress you.

Gandhi Statue:Mahatma Gandhi ‘The father of our Nation’ stands atop on a pedestal in front of the Promenade beach. This effigy is encased by eight granite rocks and the floor is furnished with marble. Do visit this effigy and take a selfi with Gandhiji Jeanne d’Arc:Besides Gandhi statue is the Effigy of Jenne d’Arc, a powerful women fighter in France. As Pondicherry was under the reign of French people, we can witness lots of statues of French people and soldiers.

Like adding more beauty to the promenade beach is the War memorial, this is dedicated to all French soldiers who have shed their soul and blood in the Second World War. ActivitiesThere is a long pavement along the shore, where you can go for cycling, skating and rambling. You can also surf in the waters or go for a ferry ride.