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The arch at the entrance to the town
The arch at the entrance to the town
Sriperumbudur is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 12°58′N 79°57′E / 12.97°N 79.95°E / 12.97; 79.95Coordinates: 12°58′N 79°57′E / 12.97°N 79.95°E / 12.97; 79.95
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanchipuram
Elevation 37 m (121 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 200,000
 • Rank 2
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN-21

Sriperumbudur ("திருபெரும்புதூர்") is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu located 40 km west south-west of the city of Chennai. It is famous for being the birthplace of Sri Ramanuja, one of the most prominent Hindu Vaishnava saints as well as the town where former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991. Since 2000, Sriperumbudur has seen rapid industrialization, attracting huge investments due to its proximity to Chennai port, infrastructure growth, establishment of STPIs and SEZs and availability of quality manpower.

Sriperumbudur is strategically placed on the Chennai-Bangalore highway, just about 40 kilometres from the city, and offers all facilities that the international industrial giants want for their business to operate in the country.

The old name of Sriperumbudur is Bhoodhapuri. It is believed that the doors of heaven will be open for those who die at Sriperumbudur.[1] The planned greenfield Chennai Airport will come up in Sriperumbudur.[2] The new airport is planned to have four runways.[3]


Geologically speaking, Sriperumbudur belongs to the Sriperumbudur Formation which is characterized by arenaceous and argillaceous rock units made of splintery green shale, clays and sandstones with ironstone intercalation and conformably overlying either the Precambrian basement or Precambrian boulder beds and green shales. The beds contain marine intercalations.[4] Their lithologic suites and fossil fauna are suggestive of deposition under shallow and brackish conditions, probably close to the shoreline.[5][6]


Hyundai's manufacturing plant at Irungattukottai near Sriperumbudur.

Hyundai was one of the initial investors when they established their Indian car operations in 1999 in Sriperumbudur. Later, Saint-Gobain and Nokia, Ford, Hindustan Motors, Mitsubishi, BMW and lately Nissan set up operations turning this Chennai suburban town into a large scale industrial hub. As of 2008, Sriperumbudur is a special economic zone with more than $2 billion invested by companies like Sanmina-SCI, Flextronics, Foxconn, Jabil, Dell and Samsung. The town is also regarded as India's answer to Shenzhen, China, although it is not yet a SEZ. [1], with its growth in electronic components manufacturing [2]. Every month, Sriperumbudur corridor is often reported in the news for some new industrial projects. [3] .The industrial corridor between Sriperumbudur and Oragadam is rapidly developing with plenty of apartments by giant developers.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial

Birthplace of Saint Ramanuja[edit]

Sriperumbudu is the birthplace of Sri Ramanuja, the Hindu saint and philosopher known for being one of the foremost propounders of the Vaishnavism branch of Hinduism.
Sri Ramanujar's vigraha was installed in this temple during the saint's lifetime and is therefore called 'Thamugantha Thirumani'. It is believed that if one drinks of Sri Ramanujacharya's milk as abhisheka, all one's ailments will be cured. Followers of Sri Ramanuja, known as Sri Vaishnava, also believe that the worldly birth and death cycle can be overcome by letting an acharya or divine guide imprint the shamashrayana symbols (Panchajanya)on the shoulders of the faithful.

Vallakottai Murugan temple[edit]

Vallakottai Murugan temple, 9 km from Sriperumbudur, is known for the tallest Lord Murugan statue in India (9 m).

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial[edit]

On 21 May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi, the then former Prime Minister of India was assassinated by a human bomb in Sriperumbudur. The government has converted the area into the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial.

Madras Motor Sports Club[edit]

Another attraction is the Madras Motor Sports Club which organizes world class racing events every year at Irungattukotai near Sriperumbudur. Among the events conducted by the club are the South India Rally and the Al India Motor Race Meet. Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) and the Federation Internationale du Sport Automotive (FISA) have licensed to race up to formula III for cars and all classes of two-wheelers. The club also has a dirt track for auto cross events.


As of 2001 India census,[7] Sriperumbudur had a population of 86,085. Males make up 50% of the population and females 50%. Sriperumbudur has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 64%. In Sriperumbudur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Sriperumbudur assembly constituency (SC) is part of Sriperumbudur (Lok Sabha constituency).[8]


Unit RTO office under Kanchipuram RTO(TN-21).RTO code:TN-21W.


  1. ^ "About Sriperumbudur". 
  2. ^ Chennai to Get Swanky New Airports
  3. ^ New airport near Chennai to have four runways
  4. ^ Murthy, N.G.K. and Sastry, V.V. (1961) Foraminifera from the Sriperumbudur beds near Madras. “Indian Minerals”, 14, 214-215.
  5. ^ Sastry, V.V., Raju, A.T.R., Singh, R.N. and Venkatachala, B.S. (1974) Evolution of the Mesozoic sedimentary basins on the east- coast of India. “APEA Journal”, 29-41.
  6. ^ A. Rajanikanth, Anil Agarwal and A. Stephen (2010) An Integrated Inquiry of Early Cretaceous Flora, Palar Basin, India. “Phytomorphology”, 60 (1&2), 21-28.
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

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