Ayanpuram, or Ayanavaram, is one of the many localities of Chennai and is located in North East Chennai about 8 kilometres from the city center. The Konnur High Road, one of the important connecting roads in Chennai runs through Ayanavaram. Ayanavaram is one of the peripheral commercial Areas of Chennai. Ayanpuram is the original name. Ayan means Brahma. When Lord Muruga admonished Brahma and took over the creation, it is believed that Brahma prayed to Lord Shiva and got his job back. It is believed that Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is in recognition of that Ayanpuram is named. (It was also called Brahmapuri)
The Parasurama Eswarar Temple situated here is almost steeped in antiquity. Legend has it that Sage Parasurama killed his own mother at the order of his father, sage Jamdagini. Later according to the wish of Parasurama, Jamadagini also brought her back from death. Though she came back to life, because of the curse of killing a woman, sage parasurama prayed to Lord Shiva here and got his curse purged. Thus, the Lord Shiva here is called Parasurama Eswarar.
Ayanavaram houses carriage and locomotive workshops where the coaches and locomotives of the Southern Railway are repaired. The major hospital here is the Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, which is known for its cardiology department. Other hospitals include Thiruvateeswarar Hospital, ESI Hospital, Yasodha Hospital, Leprosy Centre, I.C.F. Hospital and many private nursing homes. A very old and big bus terminus is located here. A Technical Training Centre is also located here. Kalikamba Kameswarar Temple and Lutheran Church are a few other landmarks. Don Bosco Shrine is an important pilgrimage site for the Christian devotees; the relic of Don Bosco was kept for adoration during its India trip in 2011. Gopikrishna theatre complex is an another famous landmark here.
The region from east to west is frequently provided with banks, small market places and wedding halls. The Aspiran Garden Colony, Ramanujam Nagar, Mettu Street, Ayanavaram market and Railway Quarters are the popular residential places in Ayanavaram. The colony is located close to the northern limits of the city outskirts.
Bus, train or taxi are the various modes of transportation to reach Ayanavaram.
Ayanavaram is reasonably well connected and is about 7 km from George Town or Vepery. The nearest train station (about 2 km) to Ayanavaram is Perambur Railway Station. The Chennai Airport is about 20 km south of Ayanavaram.