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Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. In 1668 the French after obtaining permission from the English had constructed a Fort adjacent to Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was constructed on the banks of a sandy pond and in view of it only it is called as Manakula Vinayagar Temple.

The Jesuits and missionaries tried to demolish Manakula Vinayagar, but they could not demolish the temple. During 1700 French prohibited performing poojas and festivals particularly on Fridays in the temple. All the Hindus who were worshipping Lord Vinayaga objected and migrated to Moratandi English Territory.
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