Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a Hindu temple in the Puducherry Union Territory of India. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, it is a popular pilgrimage and tourist destination in Puducherry. The temple is quite ancient and predates the French occupation of the region. During Dupleix’s rule, an attempt was made to destroy the temple, but it was spared due to strong protests from the Hindu population and threats of the British and Maratha invasion of the territory. Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is one of the oldest temples in Puducherry, a union territory in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. The temple is located 400 meters west of the Bay of Bengal, 165 km south of Chennai (Tamil Nadu state capital), 23 km north of Cuddalore, and 35 km east of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity of this temple “Manakula Vinayagar ” (Pranav Murthy) is facing east. The temple was once bounded by Orleans Street (now Manakula Vinayagar Quail Street) on the east, Jawaharlal Nehru Street on the south, Law-de-Lauriston Road on the north, and a canal running north-south on the west.