|• Body||Chennai Corporation|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Central Chennai|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Anna Nagar|
|Civic agency||Chennai Corporation|
Aminjikarai (originally Amaindhakarai) is one of the oldest localities in Chennai. It is located on the banks of the Cooum River. The arterial Poonamallee High Road (NH 4) runs through it. Aminjikarai was annexed to Madras District in the year 1946, and Arumbakkam and Anna Nagar were carved out of Aminjikarai in the '50s and '70s. The Nelson Manickam Road that traverses through Aminjikarai is an important commercial road in Chennai city.
A delta formed from the deposition of the sediment carried by the river Cooum towards its journey to the Bay of Bengal is called Amainda Karai (which means shaped/formed/created land in Tamil) and later on Aminjikarai colloquially.
According to another version, The name derived from the word amanjutal, which means 'free community service'. Obviously at some stage, the banks of Cooum at this point (at Amanjikarai) should have broken and the local people should have offered free community service in rebuilding the banks (karai) of the river.
Early days and present growth
In the early days, it was known as a suburb after the tollgate (near Pachaiappas College). Now, it is a central part of Chennai which links the residential Anna Nagar to the central business district of Chennai. It comprises Metha Nagar, Gill Nagar, Railway Colony, Collectrate Colony and Ayyavoo Naidu Colony.
Metha Nagar is connected by a small pedestrian bridge and it is almost like a peninsula.
Places of worship
Aminjikarai hosts Sri Ekambareshwarar Kamatchi Amman temple and very close to this is Sri Varadharajar temple. Because of these two temples in very close vicinity some people refer to Aminjikarai as mini Kancheepuram. The Mangali amman temple (ellai amman) is also located in between Toll-gate and aminjikarai. Ekambareswarer and Varadharajar temple bharamoutsavam is a famous festival held between March and May of every year. Pradhosham is also a famous event at the Ekambareshwarar temple.
Aminjikarai also has a mosque and burial ground on Poonamallee high road. The name of the mosque is Jammia Masjid. There is another masjid in Nelson Manickam road.
- Ascension Church - Railway colony
- CSI church - Govindan street.
- Indian Apostolic mission - P H Road
- Church of the Coming King - Khan Street
- Christ Chapel - Nelson Manickam Road (opp.Indian Oil Petrol Bunk)
- CSI Perinbar Alayam - Aminjikarai
Aminjikarai offers shopping facilities for people of all classes. The Aminjikarai Market hosts very fresh vegetables, some roadside makeshift vegetable shops offer very fresh vegetables at nominal rates. There is a huge shopping mall - Ampa Skywalk at the intersection of Nelson Manickam Road and Poonamallee High Road. The mall has 7 multiplex cinemas, spacious hypermarket, food court, restaurants and branded retail outlets.
Aminjikarai hosts the following schools
- St.Vincent's School
- St. George's School, Chennai
- Chennai Corporation school
Aminjikarai has two bus stations:
- the main Aminjikarai bus station on Poonamalle High Road
- the Arun Hotel bus station on Nelson Manickam Road, which connects Annanagar and Sterling Road routes.
The nearest suburban railway station is Nungambakkam railway station, which is just 2 km (1.2 mi) from Aminjikarai.
The proximity to the Chennai Metropolitan Bus Terminus (CMBT) has made Aminjikarai one of the most accessible routes in Chennai.
Aminjikarai has many hospitals, including Billroth Hospitals which is a fully fledged multispeciality hospital. MR hospital a dedicated Renal (kidney) Transplant centre is located on the Govindan street.
- Rao Sahib C S Srinivasachari. (1939). History of the City of Madras
Location in Context
||Anna Nagar||Shenoy Nagar||Kilpauk|
|Choolaimedu / MMDA Colony||Nungambakkam||Nungambakkam|