Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is said to have been established almost 5 centuries ago. Situated behind the Raj Niwas, the sanctum is enshrined with a grand idol of Vinayaka called Vellakkaran Pillai. The temple attracts a large number of devotees especially on the 18th day of Brahmotsavam festival.
Situated 11 km from the Pondicherry in small town of Villianur, Gokilambal Thirukameswarar Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. However, one can clearly witness the French influence over the temple through their varied traditions. A car Festival organized by the temple clearly depicts the connection to the French heritage. In the festival, a 15 meter high chariot is pulled by the devotees through the streets of the town.
Varadaraja Perumal Temple is an ancient temple dating back to 12th century and is of great religious significance. Situated in Villiannur, the structure of the temple is very attractive and is highly revered by its devotees.
Situated in the Krishna Nagar locality of Pondicherry, ISKCON Pondicherry is a Hindu revered temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort, colloquially known as ‘Ashta Devi’. More precisely, the centre is a spiritual society, the name ‘ISKCON’ literally translating to International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The idea of the spiritual centre was formed by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966 and the first temple of its kind came into existence in New York.
Located on the Pudhukuppam Beach in Pondicherry, 12 kms north of Auroville, Sri Karneshwar Nataraja Temple is the most unusual and yet one of the most beautiful temples present in India. Constructed in a pyramid shape, the temple is built to resemble the great pyramids of Egypt. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shrine was originally built in the year 2000 by Dr. Karan Singh who was also the Chairman of Auroville Foundation.
The Sri Vedapureeswarar temple is an ancient temple located in the southern union territory of Pondicherry also known as Puducherry. The temple is constructed in Dravidian style architecture and houses the all-mighty Lord Shiva. The Vedapureeswarar temple was demolished by the French in the year 1748, and it is also believed to have been demolished by the Muslims earlier. With the help of the funds of the people, the temple was re-established by the people. The temple has a seven-tiered entrance to the temple.
The Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva Perumal Temple, is a Hindu temple located in Ramkrishna Nagar, Muthialpet, Puducherry. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. A unique feature of the temple is that the idol of lOrd Vishnu is made up of Salagrama Stone. The major festival of the temple is the Float Festival. It is celebrated on Avani Tiruvonam star day in August-September. The temple holds mythological significance and hence enjoys many devotees every day. The temple timings are:
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Kamakshi Amman temple is also known as the Kamatchi Temple is located in the territory of Pondicherry. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga, the Kamakshi Amman temple being one of the most ancient temples is one of the main tourist attractions of Pondicherry. The temple is not only known for its Tamil style architecture. The temple is more than 500 years old and sees several pilgrims and devotees every year especially during the festivals of Chitra Pournami Kinnarath Brahmotsavam, a ten-day long festival. Other major festivals of the temple include Aadi Pooram and Navratri.
The temple timings are:
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Kanniga Parameswari temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti, a Deity of Power. The temple is located at MG Road, Pondicherry. Goddess Shakti, an incarnation of Goddess Durga is a revered deity among the locals making the temple itself very important in the Union Territory. The temple also houses a large idol of Lord Ganesha inside the complex. The temple has one of the finest sculptures within its complex along with French glass paintings. The most unique feature about the temple is its architectural style. With a mix of French and Dravidian style architecture, the temple when gazed upon is mesmerising to the eyes. Being one of the most attractive destinations of Pondicherry, the temple also celebrates various festivals throughout the year. The most prominent ones being Navratri, Pongal and Deepavali.