Mangadu is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Literally meaning a mango forest, it is a south-western suburb of Chennai. It is about 20 km from the city. The town is famous for its Kamakshi temple. It is believed that the great Hindu saint Adi Sankara visited this temple and installed the Ardha Mahameru Yantra. Mangadu is close to Poonamalle, a major suburb of Chennai city. Big factions of the population live in the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai. Many of these people return to Mangadu once every year or so to give offerings to the local temple.
As of 2001[update] India census, Mangadu had a population of 20,108. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Mangadu has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 66%. In Mangadu, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. near by colleges are SMIT(sri muthukumaran instuite of engineering and technology) meenakshi university,and even one medical college of the same group of institution with general hospital. Near by schools include Nav Bharath Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher secondary school and Padma Subramanium Matriculation Higher secondary school.