Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the famous ancient temple is in Puducherry,in Tamil Nadu. The temple is 165 Km South of Chennai, 23 Km of North of Cuddalore and 35 Km East of Villupuram, TamilNadu. The main deity "Sri Manakula Vinayagar" (Pranavamurthy) of this temple is facing east and the temple is bordered on east by Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street.
This temple is called as Manakula Vinyagar, as that time there was pond on the western side of this temple and due to proximity of Sea, pond was full of sand, hence it was called as "Manakulam".
The temple presiding deity placed in Karuvarai area 4 X 4 square place as the sanctum and the Vimanam above covered fully with gold plated. 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.
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 gravings of Vinayagar Kavasam, Bharathiyar's Vinayagar Nanmanimalai, Ashtalakshmi sthothiram, Idumban & Kadamban Kavasam and Sri Vinayagar Asthothiram are found.
Colour paintings in temple
In the front Mandap vithanam and inside historical scene's have been painted taking the services of renowned painters. Some of them are Birth of Lord Vinayagar, killing of Kayamuga Sura, Vinayagar marrying Suddhi and Buddhi, Vinayagar blessing Nambiyandar Nambi, etc.,
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.