|Nickname(s): Temple town|
|Zone||Alandur (Zone 12)|
|• Body||Chennai Corporation|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Civic agency||Chennai Corporation|
Nanganallur has been one of the southern suburbs of Chennai till September 2011, but it is now a part of Chennai Corporation in Tamil Nadu. It is a residential area close to the Chennai International Airport.
As of 2001 India census, Nanganallur has a population of 86,230. The suburb has Hindus, Muslim and Christian population in various proportion and distributed in various regions. People from outside Tamil Nadu are also represented with a significant number. As a result of Chennai's booming IT business and setting up of IT parks in the suburbs, a lot of people have moved into suburbs like nanganallur. Nanganallur is also referred to as Chinna Kanchipuram or Little Kanchi due to the existence of numerous temples. Nanganallur was once a part of Adambakkam.
Towards the end of 2009, it was announced that the Chennai Corporation would be expanded to cover the surrounding 42 local bodies. This was confirmed by the new government in 2011. Nanganallur, has thus become a part of Chennai Corporation from September 2011.
Nanganallur got its name because of the Rajarajeswari Temple located in Thillai Ganga Nagar. Nanganallur was known as Nangai-nallur. The name was given by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi (a.k.a. Maha Periyaval).
Sri Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyaswami Temple (Hanuman Temple) is very well known and Nanganallur is now known throughout Tamil Nadu due to this temple.
Also, one among the oldest temples, the Dharmalingeswarar temple is considered to be an epitome of silence. It's just a furlong before the Lakshmi Narasimha temple.
Other prominent temples that are present here are the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha-Navaneetha Krishna Temple at MMTC Colony, Sri Siddhivinayakar Temple, Hayavadana Perumal Koil, Guruvayurappan Temple, Ayyappa Temple(next to Sabarimala temple), Sri Rajarajeswari Temple, Sri Satya Narayanar Temple, Sri Devi Karumaariamman Temple, Sri Lakshmi Hayagreevar Temple, Sri Ardhanaareeshwarar Temple and the Sri Raghavendra Mutt (also known as Dakshina Mantralayam).
Arthanareeswar temple is ancient and very famous in Nanganallur. Once (in 1970) the Kanchi seer, Shri Chandrashekarar, visited this place and asked the locals about the Sivalingam. They searched but could not find it. Later the lingam was found in a nearby pond where a washerman was using the lingam as a washing stone. The local people informed the Kanchi Seer, who then installed the lingam. This temple is next to the pond where the lingam was found.
Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mruthika Brindavana is situated on 10th street,Nanganallur. Its unique importance is there are three mruthika Brindavanas under the Guru parampara of Sri Viyayeendra Theertharu, Sri Sudheendra Theertharu and Sri Raghavendra Swamy. This trust has got Prasathi (Certificate) of Dakshina Manthralaya, given by Sri Sri Sushameendra Theertharu, Peetathipathi of Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Manthralaya. Every year during August 3 days Aradhana festival is celebrated and Annadhana is taken place for all Devotes.
Here some youngsters started Siruthondar Uzhavara Narpana Sangam (SUNS), an organization formed by professionals to take care of minor maintenance work in ancient shiva temples to protect heritage. There idea is to keep the temple and its surroundings clean.
Recreation and fun
Nanganallur has nearly five Cinema theatres around it. Vetrivel Multiplex featuring Vetrival and Velan Cinemas, Kumaran Theatre, Luxe cinemas,Jayalakshmi Theatre and Jothi Theatre. There are parks for children at some places around the town.
Nanganallur has a roller skating ring on 100 Feet Road near the Civil Aviation Colony. Developed on a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) open ground by the Alandur Municipality it is stated to open in June 2011. The facility has been set up at a cost of INR 3.1 million. The rink is 325 feet (99 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide and it is the longest in the whole of Tamil Nadu. The facility has an office room.
Business and Finance
The growth in population and economic activities can be gauged by the presence of the banks and financial institutions at Nanganallur. Over the years, its infrastructure has grown rapidly enabling businesses in this area. Predominantly, this is a residential area. It is a home user market and all major home appliances retail chain stores such as Vasant & Co., Vivek's, Spencer's Daily, Nilgiris, More, Nanganallur Pazhamudircholai, Reliance Fresh, Heritage Fresh have their operations here.
Almost all banks have their branches and multiple ATM outlets here.
Living & schools
Nanganallur is a residential suburb known for its calm atmosphere. Educational institutions here include The Hindu Colony Chellammal Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School(near to GuruParadise Apartment), Modern Senior Secondary School, Nehru Govt Boys and Girls Higher Sec. School, Prince Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mowbrays Matriculation Higher Secondary School, ABC Montessori School and ASchool. Nanganallur is also known for the presence of various IIT-JEE coaching institutions. Further, many of the popular colleges in the city of Chennai have their buses plying to Nanganallur. A number of computer education institutions have also opened up branches at Nanganallur to provide IT education for students and employees. Many professionals working in the IT sector reside in this locality due to congestion in the main city.
Infrastructure and connectivity
Nanganallur has reputation as a good residential area to live in. Population growth has brought with it services like shops catering to various needs and tastes, financial institutions (amongst them banks and finance institutions providing investment help) and an assortment of locally-owned restaurants and eateries. Nanganallur has been known for its temples, and the burgeoning popularity of the Bhakta-Anjaneya Swami Temple has only furthered its popularity.
Nanganallur is connected by suburban trains at nearby Pazhavanthangal station and also through MTC City Buses. Busses which ply to or through Nanganallur are 52L, 52K, 52P, M18C, M18N, M21G, M154B, M1A, MN45B, M129C, M152N. Access from the city is through the main road from the Grand Southern Trunk Road at the Trident Hotel Junction, just north of the airport. Nanganallur has two Subways to connect to GST road. But heavy rains could create problems for residents to reach the city. The inner ring road from Thillai Ganga Nagar Subway connects Nanganallur to Velachery and is a major lifeline to the people for commuting to the city during the monsoons. Metro Rail Transit System is also coming up in areas around Nanganallur like Adambakkam that will further improve the area's connectivity.
Refer Business and Finance section above.
Being closer to the airport there are lot of big restaurants like Trident, Hilton, GRT Radisson and Mount Manor, Surya`s Guest House (Lodging & Restaurant) Within Nanganallur the common places to dine out are Anjappar Chettinad restaurant, Thalapakati biriyani house, Sai Suriya (earlier Maruthi Bhavan),suriya catering Nehru colony (since 1997),Saravana square, Ashwath's Mothers' Kitchen, The Durga Bhavan[Udipi], Hot Chappathi,Murugan Idli Shop etc... There are lots of local mess which provide delicious food at very affordable rates..
Hospitals with good facilities are present in Nanganallur, like B M Hospital,Hindu Mission Hospital, Sri Chakra Multi Speciality Hospital, Fortis Malar Clinic, C M Hospital, Margaret Sidney Hospital, Hariharan Hospital, Health Care Clinic. Also present are many physiotherapy centres to serve the elder citizens of the area. There is also Hearing Centre, located opp Sidney Hospital, near guruvayurappan temple, who are professionals in Ear Care and hearing aid specialists. Many Gyms are also dotted all over nanganallur.
- Many schools are situated in this area like Prince Matriculation,Modern Senior Secondary School,Chellamal.There are lot of hospitals in and around the area.Airport is very near to this place.Access to the city is very easy from this place.We have train facilities for this area.The station name is Palavanthangal.
- There are lot of temples around this area.The main temples are 32 feet Hanuman temple,Rajarajeshwari temple,Guruvayurappan temple,Lakshmi Narasimha temple,Karumariamman temple,Ragavendra temple, Lakshmi Hayagrivar Temple and the list goes on.
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