The temple has a rich mythology associated with it and it is believed that during the French rule, attempts had been made to remove the temple from where it stands, by throwing the idol into the sea and every time this was done, the idol used to reappear where it stood, after which the Frenchmen gave up.
Manakula Vinayagar Temple is very famous in foreigner’s tourists, it is so close to the Aurobindo Ashram and that it has an elephant that greets tourists. The elephant named Lakshmi arrives at 4:00 PM until 7:30 or 8 PM every-day. Unlike most temples in India elephants, she doesn't wear chains. She is a really sweet-tempered elephant. Visitors buy or bring a little bundle of grass or Bananas for her to eat, after which she gently blesses with her trunk.