If you think that it’s just the town of Auroville where you can head out in Pondicherry for that enduring spiritual experience, think again! Kanniga Parameswari Temple is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Pondicherry because of the high sacred significance the temple has in the hearts of devotees. On M.G. Road, the Kanniga Parameswari Temple is devoted to Goddess Shakti - the goddess of power in Hindu Mythology. Goddess Shakti is the manifestation Goddess Durga who is counted amongst the prime deities of Pondicherry. Besides the significance, the temple is also known for its unique architecture which boasts a perfect blend of both traditional Deccan architecture of India and French style of design.
Inside the temple complex, there is a large effigy of Lord Ganesha along with the presiding deity of the temple. Devotees from round the corner of the country come to this Hindu temple in Pondicherry to offer their prayers and to seek the blessing of the Almighty. At times, the temple remains thronged with a large pack of devotees, especially during the time of festivals like Navratri, Pongal and Deepavali. Along with the pilgrimage, the temple also hosts various Hindu marriage that goes round the year. Though the origin of the temple is unknown, yet, it is said that it the grandeur and the magnificence of the temple is still the same as it was at the time of construction, which is believed to be ages ago.
The beautiful architecture of Kanniga Parameswari Temple is a perfect mix of French and traditional Tamil design. The ceiling of the sanctum also boasts a traditional Tamil design. Along with that, the interior of the sanctum also includes motifs on the granite pillars. Moreover, the arched temple walls are beautifully adorned with the designs of angels and various heavenly creatures. Besides, the magnificent architecture of Kanniga Parameswari Temple includes stained glass panes that are typification of French shrines.
M.G. Road, Pondicherry - 605001
Kanniga Parameswari Temple remains open all days a week from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Best Time to Visit
Like the most of the tourist attractions in Pondicherry, Kanniga Parameswari Temple is also best to visit in the winter season when the weather of the city remains cool and pleasant. The season starts in the month of October and continues until March.