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Purasawakkam (Tamil: புரசைவாக்கம்), also known as Purasaiwakkam or Purasai, is a residential area and shopping district in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is close to the Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations. Purasawakkam is considered a perfect mixture of commercial and residential hub.
The name "Purasai" came from the name of a tree called 'purasai maram' in Tamil. In olden days this area was abundant with these trees. The Gangatheeswarar temple near the Purasaiwakkam tank speaks about this history. The tank belongs to this temple.
The Gangatheeswarar temple is very famous temple for ages. Here the shiva lingam which is situated at moolasthanam has a unique feature of wetness throughout the year. Even in the drought condition and sever summer season the wetness near the Siva Lingham is observed.
Abirami Mega Mall, one of the main attractions in Purasawakkam, is a Multiplex including four main cinemas and many shopping outlets. Tana Street, the heart of Purasawakkam, is one of the busiest streets in Chennai. It is famous for its jewelry, vegetables, clay cooking pots and pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market. There are also many textile showrooms, including MadharSha, Deensha, Sree Krishna Collections, Textile India, Ranjanas, Rathna Stores and Saravana Stores Super Shopping Mall. The Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College's boys hostel is also situated here opposite to Motcham theater.
Popular Restaurants here include Hotel Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Akshaya The Tasty Veg. Restaurant, Raaj Bhavan, Hotel Welcome(Famous for its unique Sambar),Hotel Balaji Bhavan, The Hot Chips, Doveton Cafe and Hotel Sanmaan along with a umpteen number of Biriyani shops. There are a significant number of wine shops in Purasawakkam.
Purasaiwakkam is a center of education in Chennai
- Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training(HIMT)
- Madras Veterinery College
- Chengalvaraya Polytechnic College
- Guru Shanthi Vijay Jain College for Women
- Government College of Arts and Crafts
Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram, J.M matriculation school,Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School, St.Joseph's Anglo Indian Boys Higher Secondary School, St.Aloysius Anglo Indian Girls Hr.Sec School, Sir MCTM Boys Hr.Sec School, Sir MCTM Girls Hr.Sec School, Kola Saraswathi Senior Secondary School, Bentick Girls Hr.Sec School, St.Pauls Hr.Sec School, St. Matthias Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, CSI Bains Hr.Sec School, Alagappa Hr.Sec School, Doveton Corrie Anglo-Indian Girls Hr.Sec School, Doveton Matric Hr. Sec School, Doveton Anglo-Indian Boys Hr. Sec. School, C.S.I Ewarts Girls Hr.Sec School, Anita Methodist Matriculation Higher secondary School, Sathya Matriculation School, St.Andrews Boys Hr.Sec School, ELM Fabricus Hr.Sec School, St.Joseph's Girls Hr.Sec School, St.Joseph's Primary School, Raja Nursery School, Corporation Girls School Corporation Boys School, Sri Muthukuaramswamy Hr.Sec School, T.E.L.C.Primary school. Seventh-Day Adventist Matric. Hr.Sec School (Vepery)
The principal localities of Purasawakkam are Vepery, Periamet, Choolai, Kilpauk, Kellys, Otteri, Egmore, Kosapet, Aynavaram and Pattalam.
Places of Worship
Purasai also contains a huge Lutheran church, Adaikalanathar Church, operated under the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC). Other churches include St. Joseph's Church (Vepery High Road near Periamet), St Andrew's church, St. Paul's Church, St. Mathias Church,CSI Missionary chapel, Emmanuel Methodist, Tamil Methodist, Apostolic Church and Apostolic Fellowship Tabernacle, Apostolic Christian Assembly which is the biggest congregation in Chennai.
Some of the famous Temples in this area are Gangadeeshwarar Temple, Sumaga Vinayagar(Vandithoti Pilliyar) Temple, Solai Amman Koil and Sri Purushadaniya Parshvanath Jain Temple
Mosques here include Jumma Masjid and Periamet Mosque
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- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08.