Temples in Pondicherry|Pondicherry Temples
Pondicherry religious places and Pondicherry
religious places - Pondicherry is famous for its scenic splendor. But the saying that its beauty is comprised of nature's abundance and beautiful landscapes only, would under estimate its real value. And this can very much be proved.
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The region of
places of worship in Pondicherry is also blessed with numerous places of pilgrimage. It is a significant region as per religion is concerned.
There are thousands of devotees who flock to
places of worship in Pondicherry to indulge in their spiritual self.
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It is estimated that there are around whopping 350 big and small temples in Pondicherry as built by the Chola
kings between the 10 th and 12 th centuries.
Of the various types of religious places in
Pondicherry and places of worship in Pondicherry some of
the most notable Pondicherry Temples are listed below. These are;
Thirunallar Temple Pondicherry places of
worship - Located to the west of Karaikal, this Siva temple features a shrine consecrated to Saneeswaran (Saturn).
This is among the very few Shani or Saturn temples in India.
It is believed that if God Shani is pleased he showers his blessings on its devotee and if he is angry then his wrath may cause grave miseries.
In this temple, "Mammoth Festival" or Shani Peyarchi is celebrated with zeal and devotion.
The Varadaraja Temple – Pondicherry
places of worship - this very notable and important Vishnu temple in town was built in 12 th century. This holy temple is situated towards the west of Gandhi Road off the Tyagraja Street.
In this temple the image of Narasimha is set behind the main deity called Venkatachalapathy.
Vedapureeswarer Temple - this 18 th century Shiva temple boasts of stone inscriptions and a swayambhulinga in
Pondicherry Temples. And gopuram a recently renovated colorful tower is also there to relish.
Manakkula Vinayakar Temple –
Pondicherry places of worship - it is situated just behind Raj Nivas and shares a close distance with Arabindo Ashram. It is believed that there was a Frenchman who tried to destroy the deity. But the image of the deity kept appearing. And it was after his numerous futile efforts that he turned into a staunch believer of religion. However, to come to this temple back from its history it can be said that in this holy temple Vellakkaran (White Man) and Pillai (Ganesha) are found. Apart from this, an elephant can also be found here.
Karikal Ammaiyar Temple – this holy temple houses an image of lady saint. This lady saint is believed to be one among 63 saints of Lord Shiva. As per the legend goes, it is believed that Lord Shiva incarnated as an ascetic and sought alms from a lady called “Punithavathi" from Karaikal. And on that spot itself this beautiful temple was built where she lived and prayed.
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