Ganesha Temple Pondicherry

By Sanjeev Nayyar [email protected] | 2016

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Close to Maharshi Aurobindo Samadhi is a Ganesh temple with name Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam. "It is stated there was a water tank near where the temple is now situated. It was filled with sand. Devotees placed the vinayanagar on the bank of the tank and performed religious services regularly. Hence the vinayagar came to called as Manarkula Vinayagar".

Inside temple. On temple walls are images of Ganesha is various parts of India and S.E.Asia. This album shows individual images.

"M F Martin who founded Pondicherry in 1674 tried hard to stop the natives from worshipping here. Acc to folklore a Governor of Pondicherry tried his best to bury the Lord in the Bay of Bengal. But before the henchmen could reach the shore, the Lord was back in His place. The attempt to do away with the Lord was made thrice and every attempt failed. So the whiteman decided to have a decent construction for Lord Vinayaka. Hence the name ''Vellakaran Pilliyar" (Whiteman''s Vinayaka)."

Left is Vinayaga Khymer Ganesha. Right is Vinayaga Cambodian. 2 wheelers, cars and heavy vehicles pay their homage to the Lord before they start serving their new owners.

Left is Ganesha stone figure Borneo. Right is Chedi, Madhya Pradesh 6th century a.d.

Left is Ganesha Thailand 7th century. Right is Ganesha bronze image Javanese. To see pics of Ganesha and other Hindu symbols in Thailand Click here

Left is Ganesha in the pose of Buddha, Burma. Right is Vinayakar from China.

Left Ganesha Vietnam 8th century. Right Ganesha Stone Java 8th century.

Left Ganesha Bara Indonesia 1239 a.d. Right Java Indonesia 1300 a.d.

Left Ganesha in bronze Borneo. Right Ganesha bronze image from Java.

Ganesha Ramasse type Java. Right Java Ganesha.

Nepal Ganesh. Do visit this lovely, positive energy filled temple when in Pondicherry.

Left is Ganesha Cambodia 7th century. Right is Ganesha Kabul 4th century.

Left is Ganesha bronze image Indo-China. Right Ganesha holding radish Bangaldesh.

Left is Ayuthian Bronze Ganesha. Right is Ganesha pre Khimer.

Left is Ganesha Sri Lanka. Right is Dhundy Vinayagar Kashi. Ganesha is truly India''s most globalised God. To read article on same subject by Vimla Patil Click here

Left is Ganesha Mathura 8th century. Right is Ganesha 6th century.

Left is Ganesha Dravidian image. Right is Ganesha North India. Note that the Aryan Invasion Theory is now debunked.

Left is Ganesha South India. Right is Heramba Ganesha Dacca. To visit temple site Click here

Left is Dancing Ganesha Gujarat. Right is Ganesha 6th century Baroda. To see pics of 32 forms of Ganesha Click here