PONDICHERRY ATTRACTIONS

These are the major attractions in Pondicherry, places like Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and many other places.

SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM

Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary, poet, philosopher and yogi was born in Calcutta in 1872.he came to Pondicherry in 1910. The mother, born in Paris in 1878, came to India in 1914 to meet Sri Aurobindo. She rejoined Sri Aurobindo in 1920 and resumed her spiritual collaboration with him for the evolution of a higher consciousness, a spiritual and supramental consciousness on earth. In the main building of the ashram , or Rue de Marine are the marble Samadhi , where Sri Aurobindo & the Mother have been laid to rest in the houses they lived cette page.

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PONDICHERRY BEACH

The beach is a main tourists attraction in Puducherry. The 1.5 km long promenade running along the beach is the core of the Pondicherry Town. It is characterised by the statue of Mahatma Gandhi standing tall, Dupleix statue, the War memorial, the old light house, the remains of the old pier and the heritage town hall.

AUROVILLE

Auroville welcomes people from all parts of the world to live together and explore cultural, educational, scientific, spiritual, and other pursuits in accordance with the Auroville charter. Auroville information centre and Matri Mandir [Meditation hall with world’s biggest man-made crystal ball] are the places open to most of the visitors. It offers less to see and lots to experience.

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Panchavadi Anjaneya Temple

PanchavadiAnjaneya temple lies in between Tindivanam and Pondicherry main road, located 12kms away from Pondicherry.This area where the Temple for Sri PanchamukhaAnjaneyaswamy is located is known as PanchavateeKshetram. The Panchamukha Sri Anjaneyaswamy’sVigraham is in unique Viswaroopa posture (Thirukolam), 36 feet in height not seen anywhere else on this earth

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

ManakulaVinayagar Temple is one of the most popular temples in Pondicherry. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, one of the most popular Hindu deities. Evidence indicates that the temple dates back to 1666. The inside of the temple is decorated with more than 40 (wonderful) paintings of Ganesh in various forms.A major attraction of the temple is its elephant Lakshmi, who is generally outside the temple in the evenings. Make sure you have a few coins or a note ready for her, and she will gently bless you on the head with her trunk.

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CHURCHES

French missionary zeal in the 17th and 18th centuries saw a number of imposing churches built here. The Sacred Heart Church, situated on the south boulevard, stands out as an oriental specimen of gothic splendor. It contains rare and beautiful stained glass panels depicting saints and events from the life of Christ.

PONDICHERRY MUSEUM

The museum brings back memories of the glorious past of Pondicherry, from the days of the Greco-Roman era down to the present days, providing glimpses of the art and culture of the people of this region during the pallava, chola and vijayanagar days. Artifacts from the excavations at Arikamedu are preserved here.

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CHUNNAMBAR BOAT HOUSE

Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar,8kms from Pondicherry. The backwater and the lush greenery on both sides of chunnambar provide an ideal setting for boating.

AAYI MANDAPAM AND BHARATI PARK

The park facing the governor’s bungalow reflects the French influence. Once called as “place du pantheon “now turned as Aayi mandapam- the emblem of the Pondicherry Government. The park surrounded by Aayi mandapam has been restructured by preserving its heritage.

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OUSTERI LAKE BOAT HOUSE

Ousteri lake is one of the biggest lake and major supplier of drinking water in those days. Now it is opened for the tourists for boat ride and to watch the birds. During the season, this lake acts as dwelling place for many migrating birds.