Chengannur

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Chengannur
ചെങ്ങന്നൂര്
Chenganoor
Town
Chengannur is located in Kerala
Chengannur
Chengannur
Coordinates: 9°19′6.54″N 76°36′50.46″E / 9.3184833°N 76.6140167°E / 9.3184833; 76.6140167
Country  India
State Kerala
District Alappuzha
Government
 • Type Revenue Division
Area
 • Total 50.00 sq mi (129.51 km2)
Elevation 23 ft (7 m)
Population (2001)
 • Total 179,759
 • Density 3,594.9/sq mi (1,387.99/km2)
  (2011 not released)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.30)
Post code 689121
Area code(s) 0479
Vehicle Code KL-30, KL-30
Nearest city Kollam (68 km)
Website http://alappuzha.gov.in/

Chengannur (Malayalam: ചെങ്ങന്നൂര്) is a municipality in the Alappuzha district of the state of Kerala in South India. Chengannur (also spelled Chenganoor, Chenganur, and Chengannoor) is located in the extreme eastern part of Alappuzha district.[1] It is 117 kilometres (73 mi) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram on the MC Road. Chengannur is connected to Kollam and Kottayam by NH 220. Chengannur is noted for its Shiva Temple [2] and its Old Syrian Church. Chengannur is also a major destination of Sabarimala pilgrims.

The nearest towns are Pandalam to the south, Thiruvalla to the north, Mavelikkara to the west and Aranmula, Kozhencherry and Pathanamthitta to the east. The taluk contains villages such as Kurattissery, Mannar, Ennakkad, Pandanad, Thiruvanvandoor, Chengannur, Mulakuzha, Ala, Puliyoor, Cheriyanad, Venmony.[1][3]

As of the 2001 Indian census,[4] Chengannur had a population of 125,391. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.

History[edit]

Chengannur's status as a religious center dates to the 8th or 9th century,[5] when it was part of the Chera Empire. Chengannur's ancient Mahadevar Temple is famed as the site of the menses period of the goddess Parvati; this period is considered very auspicious.

Cardamom, popularly known as "black gold", was a major export item of Chengannur. Angadical (Angadi means market in Malayalam) was the main market in Chengannur.

Chengannur's Munsif court, which recently completed its centenary, was long the most important judicial center of the region.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census, Chengannur has a literacy rate of 96.26% (males: 97.90%, females: 94.80%). Chengannur has a sex ratio of 1100. The total increase in the population from 2001 has been estimated as 0.61%. Its population is predominantly Hindu and Christian, with a very small number of Muslims. The most widely spoken language is Malayalam. The standard dialect of Malayalam spoken is the Central Travancore dialect. Most people are able to talk in English as well, as is evident from the literacy rate.

Transport[edit]

Chengannur is well-connected by road and rail. State Highway 1 (SH1), popularly known as the MC Road, passes through the heart of the town and connects Chengannur to Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam. The Chengannur - Kottayam stretch of the MC Road is also part of the NH 220 which stretches between Kollam and Theni. Another major road is the State Highway 10 which connects Chengannur to Mavelikkara and Kozhencherry. Besides these two roads, there are also many arterial roads running across the length and breadth of the town.

Road[edit]

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has a depot at Chengannur (station code: CGNR); it is among the 29 major depots in the state. The KSRTC depot at Chengannur has an inter-state bus service, which is operated to Kanyakumari. The Municipal Private bus stand is located in front of the railway station. Private buses leave this stand heading to various places in the Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts.

Rail[edit]

Chengannur Railway Station (station code: CNGR) is a major railway station in the Thiruvananthapuram railway division of the Southern Railway Zone (India). It caters to the needs 2 districts, viz. Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta. By rail, Chengannur is well connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bikaner, Mangalore, Bhopal, Guwahati, Nagpur, Jammu and other major cities of the country. Recently, the station has been declared as "The Gateway to Sabarimala". The rail line between Chengannur and Thiruvananthapuram has been doubled and electrified. Two new lines are proposed from Chengannur: one to Thiruvananthapuram via Kottarakkara and the other to Sabarimala via Pathanamthitta. Furthermore, an MRTS is proposed to be established between Thiruvananthapuram and Chengannur. Once the approval is obtained, it could start running by mid-2017.

Air[edit]

The nearest Airports are Trivandrum International airport and Cochin International Airport (CIAL), which are at a distance of 116 km and 127 km from Chengannur, respectively. A new greenfield airport has also been proposed in Aranmula, just 10 km away from Chengannur. The proposed rural Aranmula International Airport would be the closest airport upon completion, at 4 km away.

Administration and Politics[edit]

Chengannur Town officials
Municipal Chairman Smt. Shoba Varughese[6]
Sub Collector
Deputy Superintendent of Police [7]

The two administrative systems prevailing in the Chengannur are revenue and local self-government. As per the revenue system, Chengannur is one of the two revenue divisions of Alappuzha district. The Chengannur revenue division comprises Karthikapally, Chengannur and Mavelikkara taluks consisting of a total of 44 villages.

Under the local self-government system, Chengannur is divided into 1 statutory town and development blocks consisting of 11 panchayats.

Lok Sabha[edit]

Chengannur is a part of the Mavelikara constituency. Kodikunnil Suresh of the INC has been representing the Mavelikkara constituency since 2009.

State Assembly[edit]

Chengannur's assembly constituency (Number 110) is a part of the Mavelikkara (Lok Sabha constituency), which after demarcation extends from Changanassery in Kottayam district to Kottarakkara in Kollam district. The first speaker of the Kerala legislative assembly, Mr. Sankaranarayanan Thampi, was from a MLA from Chengannur.Shobhana George had represented the constituency in the 9th, 10th and 11th Legislative Assemblies.
The current MLA is P.C. Vishnunadh from INC; he is representing Chengannur for the second term.[8][9]

Religion[edit]

The population of Chengannur mainly practices Hinduism and Christianity. Some Muslims are also found in the M.C. Road Mulakuzha region of the town.

Temples[edit]

Mahadeva temple at Chengannur, Alappuzha, Kerala
  • Mahadeva Temple, Chengannur
  • Mahavishnu (Bheemesenan)Temple, Puliyoor
  • Vandimala Devasthanam, Chengannur
  • Vadasserikkavu Bhagavathi Temple
  • Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple
  • Sasthamkulangara Narasimha Murthi Temple
  • Gandharvamuttam Devi Temple, Mulakuzha
  • Vallikkavu Devikshethram, Elanjimel
  • Kalippil Sree Bhuvaneswari Temple, Elanjimel
  • Sri Krishna Swamy Temple, Elanjimel
  • Azhakiyakavu Devi Kshethram
  • Neervilakom Ayyappa Temple
  • Edanadu Mahadeva Kshethram
  • Devi Kshetram, Puthencavu
  • Malakkara Vishnu Kshethram
  • Kotta Mahadeva temple
  • Areekara Parayarukaala Devi Kshethram
  • Karakkad Sree Dharmasastha(Ayyappa)Kshethram
  • Perigala Sree Bhadrakali Kshethram
  • Alakkavu Devi temple
  • Thiruvanvandoor SreeGosalakrishna swamy temple
  • Pazhayattil Devi Temple, Perissery
  • Sri Dharmasastha Tenmple, Perissery

Churches[edit]

  • Pazhaya Suriyani Pally (Old Syrian Church)
  • Thittamel Trinity Marthoma Church, Chengannur
  • St. Thomas Malankara Catholic Church, Chengannur
  • St. Thomas Evangelical Church, Chengannur
  • Marthoma Valiyapally, Puthentheruvu, Chengannur
  • St Andrews C.S.I Church, Chengannur
  • Bethel St. Gregorious Orthodox Church, Chengannur
  • St. Thomas Evangelical Church, Puthencavu
  • Marthoma Mathilakam Assention Church, Puthencavu
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Puthencavu
  • St. Ignatious Orthodox Cathedral
  • Bethel Aramana (Malankara Orthodox Church)
  • St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Mangalam
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Valiya Palli, Perissery
  • St. Thomas CSI Church, Angadical, Chengannur
  • IPC Faith Centre, Chengannur
  • CSI Christ Church, Kodukulanji

Education[edit]

The College of Engineering Chengannur, which is managed by IHRD, is situated inside Chengannur town. Christian College is another college of arts and sciences located near the MC road about 3 km from Chengannur town.

The following is a list of educational institutions in and around Chengannur.

Colleges

  • College of Engineering, Chengannur
  • Christian College, Chengannur
  • Sree Narayana College, Chengannur
  • Sree Ayyappa College, Eramallikkara
  • Sree Ayyappa College, Thiruvanvandoor
  • Mount Zion College of Engineering for Women, Kozhuvalloor
  • St. Thomas College of Engineering and Technology, Kozhuvalloor
  • Sree Buddha College of Engineering, Pattoor
  • SERT IT Campus, Chengannur
  • Archana College Of Engineering, Pandalam

Schools

  • Mathews Mar Athanasius Residential School, Chengannur (ICSE)
  • A.M.M Higher Secondary School, Edayaranmula
  • St. Gregorios School Senior Secondary School (CBSE), Chengannur
  • St Anne's Higher Secondary School, Chengannur
  • Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Chengannur
  • Government Boys School, Chengannur
  • Government Girls School, Chengannur
  • Government High School, Mulakuzha
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Bhudhanoor
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Angadical South
  • E.A.L.P School, Angadical
  • SCRV (Sree Chithira Raja Vilasam) TTI, Angadical North, Chengannur
  • Metropolitan High School, Puthencavu
  • Mar Philexinos U P School, Puthencavu
  • G M P Kindergarten School, Puthencavu
  • High School, Kallissery
  • Ebenezer EM High School, Kallissery
  • Government U.P.S, Perissery
  • Thalapanagad LP School (also known as Madathilparampil School)
  • St Mary's Residential School, Mulakuzha
  • Devaswom Board High School, Cheriyanad
  • Devaswom Board Higher Secondary School, Cheriyanad
  • Srivijayeshwari High School, Cheriyanad
  • St Joseph English Medium school, Cheriyanad
  • C M S U P School, Kodukulanji
  • John Memorial High School, Kodukulanji
  • Christ Church Vidyapeeth, Kodukulanji
  • St. George Public School, Kozhuvalloor
  • Mar Pilexinos L P School, Neervilakom
  • Government High School, Puliyoor
  • Snehagiri UP School, Puliyoor
  • Government Primary School, Thonakadu
  • St Bursoumas Public School & Junior College, Ayranikudy, Pandalam
  • Marthoma Higher Secondary School, Venmoney
  • St Judes UP School, Venmoney
  • N S S High School, Edanadu
  • GHS, Thiruvavandoor
  • Sree Hariharasutha Vilasom (S.H.V) High School, Karakkad
  • Government L.P School, Karakkad
  • L P School, Piralassery (ESTD 1889)
  • Swami Vivekananda High School, Pandanad (SVHS)
  • St. Mary's English Medium School, Kallissery
  • IHRD Technical Higher Secondary School, Periserry

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alapuzha Taluk Census, alappuzha.gov.in Census 2001.
  2. ^ Chengannur Mahadeva Kshetram
  3. ^ Presidents of Panchayat - Chengannur Taluk, alapuzha.gov.in 2001
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ Samskrita Ranga Annual, volume 6 (1972), page 109
  6. ^ "official [1]"
  7. ^ "sp [2]"
  8. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Kerala Assembly Election 2001 Chengannur". Empowering India. Retrieved 2 August 2013.

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