Temples in Pondicherry
Pondicherry is a place of many faiths.Pondicherry Temples Tour, Pondicherry India Temples Tour, Pilgrimage Tour Pondicherry, Pondicherry Religious Tour If you look at the places of worship which dominate the landscape you will realize why pilgrims flock to Pondy. In and around Pondicherry there are a whopping 350 temples - big and small. Neighbouring Karaikal has another ninety nine. Some were built by the Chola kings between the 10th and 12th centuries. A sizeable share is dedicated to the deities of the villages they are located in.
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.Pondicherry Temples Tour, Pondicherry India Temples Tour, Pilgrimage Tour Pondicherry, Pondicherry Religious Tour 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. Pondicherry Temples Tour, Pondicherry India Temples Tour, Pilgrimage Tour Pondicherry, Pondicherry Religious Tour 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.
You can locate the architecturally fine sight of the Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswara Temple, 10 kms from Pondicherry. Thousands of devotees converge here for a ten-day annual festival (Brahmotsavam), held during May - June along with the appearance of the full moon.
The massive 15m tall temple chariot, basking in finery, is taken out on a procession by a devout crowd. It's a remarkable sight. The Lt. Governor of Pondicherry ritually joins the heave. A secular practice, carried over from the French days, when the French Governeurs themselves used to draw the car out on the streets. Besides, the breath-taking Ousteri lake nearby, spread over 10 hectares, is home to rare varieties of birds.
Thirunallar is 5 kms west of Karaikal. The sanctum sanctorum of Lord Dharbaraneswara Temple holds Siva as the main deity. However, its shrine dedicated to Saneeswaran (Saturn) which figures in the story of Naki Damayanti; makes this the most famous Saturn temple in India.
The blessings of Saturn are said to be overwhelming, while its wrath causes great misery. The temple hosts a mammoth festival (Shani peyarchi), each time Saturn moves from one sign of the zodiac to another.
The Varadraja Temple
The Varadaraja Temple (12th century) is the most important Vishnu temple in town, located just west of Gandhi Road, off Tyagraja Street. Here Narasimha sits behind Venkatachalapathy, the main deity.
Masthan Saheb Darga
Dedicated to Masthan Saheb Syed Dawood Buhari, a Sufi saint who came to Karaikal from Buhara two centuries ago. He died aged 120, in 1829. Various miracles are attributed to him. The above 170 year old Kandhuri Festival (November) is celebrated in his commemoration. It starts with the hoisting of a huge flag on a pole - reminiscent of a ship mast and a sea-fairing tradition. And winds up, 10 days later with a spectacle of floats lit with electric colours.