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|Elevation||58 m (190 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Tindivanam is a town and a municipality in Viluppuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Important roads from north to south (NH 45) Tamil Nadu pass through Tindivanam and similarly from west to east (NH 66).
Tindivanam is a Selection grade Municipal Town. Tindivanam was constituted as a Municipality in 01.04.1949; it was upgraded as 2nd grade Municipality from 03.04.1970, 1st grade Municipality from 22.05.98 and Selection Grade from 02.12.2008.
Ennairam, located near Tindivanam, has inscriptions about the Hindu shastras that date back to the 11th century. The Chola temple of Narasimma swamy koil built by Rajaraja Chola 1 (985 –1010) and has reached 1000 years. 8,000 samanaras lived in this village.
It was initially known as 'Tinthrivanam' where "tinthri" means tamarind in pure Tamil and "vanam" means jungle. It was called the 'Jungle of Tamarind' in the olden days. This name changed slowly to its present day name.
Tindivanam is located at  It has an average elevation of 58 metres (190 feet). Tindivanam is 120 km southwest from Chennai and 35 km northwest from Pondicherry. Tindivanam is one among the three sub-divisions of Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu. This small town lies about 65 km northwest of Cuddalore. Tindivanam is divided into 234 Revenue Villages under Tindivanam Taluk..
It lies in the stretch of NH-45, about 123 km from Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu. Tindivanam is at the junction of roads going to Tiruchirapalli, Pondicherry, Thiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram, Villuppuram, Thellar, Marakkanam and Chennai. Tindivanam is about 69 km from Chengalpet; it takes about 1.30 hours to reach by roadways.
Distances of major towns from Tindivanam 
- Chennai: 123 km
- Puducherry: 42 km
- Vellore: 115 km
- Tirupati: 200 km
- Tiruvannamalai: 67 km
- Villupuram: 39 km
- Kanchipuram: 85 km
- Bangalore: 270 km
- Trichy: 203 km
- Mahabalipuram: 95 km
- Vandavasi:39 km
- Gingee: 29 km
- Auroville: 35 km
As of 2001[update] India census, Tindivanam had a population of 67,826. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 50%. Tindivanam has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 70%. In Tindivanam, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Places of significance 
Oilseeds Research Station is 3 km from Tindivanam town. Started as Agricultural Research Station in 1935, later inducted with Tamilnadu Agricultural University in 1981. Oilseeds Research Station has been established by the government of Tamil Nadu to evolve groundnut, sesame and castor varieties with desirable attributes viz., short duration, high yield, high oil content, drought tolerance, fresh seed dormancy, resistance to major insect pests and diseases etc.
Groundnut has separate Kolmudal Nilayalam (Tamil)) & Oil seeds research station affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. The ground nut is locally called malattai (the word comes from manila-kottai. The kottai (nut) came from Manila, Philippines).
Religious places 
The following are the most popular religious places in Tindivanam:
- Shri Lakshmi Narashima Perumal Temple, which is more than 1000 years old. 
- Shiva Temple also called Periya Koil. The main deity is known as Shri Maragathambigai Sametha Thindrinishvarar Aalayam. This temple was built 1000 years before 1010 A.D. The remple built by Thiru. Raja Raja Chozhan (Eswaran in Tindivanam).
- TheerthaKulam BalaMurugan Koil, near Periya Koil
- Sree Veerabrahmendra swamy temple, Thiruvannamalai Road
- Anjaneyar Temple near Rajankulam
- Draupadi Amman Temple near Rajankulam
- Jain Temple near Tindivanam market
- Mailam Murugan Temple 
- Thiruvakkarai Vakkrakali Amman Temple
- Mannar Swamy Kovil, Marakkanam Road
- Vitlapuram Murugan Koil
- Ayyapan Temple, Murugan Temple near Rajankulam
- Gidangal Aramvalartha Nayagi sametha AnbaNayaga Eswaran temple, built by Thiru. Nalliyakoda King
- Om Shakthi Temple at Pellakuppam (also known as Kiezh Maruvathur)
- Dheevanur suyambu vinayagar temple
- Angaalamman Temple at Gingee Road
- Pooni Amman Temple at Thiruvalluvar Nagar
- Periya Muthumarriamman Temple near M.R.S Theatre
- Gingee Road Bala Murugan Koil
- Our Lady of Seven Delours Church
- Taharulla basha Darga Shrine, Gingee Road
- Our Lady of Immaculate conception Church, Munnur
- Our Lady of Fathima Church, Vellakulam
- Vani Pillayar Kovil, Vaaniya Street
- Sree Sundara Varsithi Vinayagar Temple, Sarkar thoppu, Tindivanam
- Majeesh de Usmaniya Mosque, Sarkar thoppu, Tindivanam
- Vinayagar Temple, Vasanthapuram-Tindivanam
- Vinayagar Temple, Railway colony
- Theerthakarai Marriyamman Kovil, Theerthakulam
- Sree Sathiya Sivaneswarar Kovil, Singanoor, Tindivanam
- A.G. Arputha Church-Pondy Road-Tindivanam
- Sri kanniga parameswari koil devasthanam, Tindivanam
- Tindivanam assembly constituency is part of Villupuram (Lok Sabha constituency) (up to 2009 Tindivanam was a Lok Sabha constituency).
- Tindivanam legislative assembly:
- Member of legislative assembly : Dr. Haridoss
- Tindivanam Municipal Council:
Educational institutions 
The following are the educational institutions in Tindivanam:
- Anna University College of Engineering Tindivanam (AUCET) Melpakkam
- Thiru. A. Govindasamy Govt. Arts college
- BWDA Arts college, Kolliyangunam
- St. Ann’s Higher Secondary School
- St. Philomena's Girls Higher Secondary School
- Walter Scuder Higher Secondary School
- National Higher Secondary School
- St. Ann’s Middle School
- St. Joseph's of Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Tagore Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Jayapuram
- Tagore Matriculation Higher Secondary School, N.G.O Colony
- Tagore Higher Secondary School (CBSE)
- Murungapakkam Govt Higher Secondary School
- St. Mary's Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Montfort Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Francis Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Saram
- Kooshal chand Govt higher secondary school
- M.D.Krane Govt High school
- R.C. Nirmala Primary School
- Roshanai Colony Municipal School
- Muslim High School
- Murungapakkam Municipal Elementary School
- Walter Scudder Elementary School
- Ayyanthoppu, Municipal Elementary School
- Kamatchi Vilas Middle School
- Kanniga Parameswari Elementary School
- Marys Nursery School
- M.D. Crane Middle School
- National Elementary School
- Sri.Maragathambigai Middle School
- Chanakya Matriculation School
- Thai Thamizh nursery school
- Solar Matriculation school
- Shree Nagamal school
- Valarmathi Karuppaiyan Matriculation School,Tindivanam
- Vruksha International School of Montessori
- V.K.M Vidhyalaya, Omanthur
Hospitals and clinics 
|Hospital / Doctor details||Specialist||Address|
|Government Hospital||General||Hospital Road|
|E. Prem Kumar M.B.B.S||General||4/35 E CSI Mission Compound, Scudder nagar|
|S. Arul Raja B.D.S||Dental||No.71 Marakkanam Road, near Over Bridge Entrance|
|P. Venugopal Retd J.D||General||2 Panchanathan Street|
|V. Thambiraja B.Sc., M.B.B.S||General||7 Marikula Street|
|S. Murugan||Siddha||3/1, Bharathi Street|
|A. Mohan B.D.S||Dental||1 Bharathi Street|
|A.R. Baskar M.B.B.S||General||1 Nehru Street|
|S. Balamurugan B.D.S||Dental||19 Bajanai Koil Street|
|R. Shanmugasundaram M.D||Cardiologist||38 Perumal Koil St.|
|S. Natarajan M.B.B.S||General||38 Perumal Koil St.|
|N. Palani M.B.B.S||General||19 Mariammankoil Street|
|Dharmalingam M.B.B.S||Pediatrician||1 Keerakara Street|
|P.S ekar M.B.B.S||General||362 Nehru Street|
|V. Lakshmi M.B.B.S||General||1U Rottikara Street|
|V.V. Varadharajan M.B.B.S||General||1A Rottikara Street|
|P. Krishnarajan M.B.B.S||Dermatologist||131 Nehru Street|
|A. Prabhavathi, M.B.B.S.,D.G.O||Maternity||23 Kamatchiamman koil St.|
|C. Kasinathan M.B.B.S||Ophthalmologist||19115, Nehru Street|
|S. Ramadass M.B.B.S||General||44A, Kamatchiammankoil STreet|
|R. Suresh M.B.B.S||Pediatrician||7, Kamatchiammankoil Street|
|R. Masilamani M.B.B.S||General||238, Nehru Street|
and Dental Surgeon
|334A-1, Nehru Street|
|P. Chandrakanthan, B.P.T.||Physiotherapist|
|Vinothraja, B.D.S.,||Dentist||Bharati Street|
|Vithya, M.B.B.S., P.G. Dip (Diabetology)||Diabetologist||Thambirajah Hospital, Bharati Street|
|Radha. R.B.D.S.,||Dentist||N.K. Nagar|
|Dr. R. Palaniraman MBBS||Pediatrician||Devangar Street.|
- Jothi Publications (physical education school books from 1st Std to 12th std. available), 4/35 E CSI Mission Compound, Scudder Nagar
Arts and science colleges 
- Thiru. A.Govindaswamy Government Arts College
- Srimath Sivagnana Balaya Swamigal College, Mailam
- Agricultural University & Oilseeds Research Station - Pondy Road
- Indragandhi Jayanthi Arts & Science college for Women
- BWDA Arts and Science College, Kolliyangunam
- Saraswathy College of arts and Science, Olakkur
- Dr.K.C.R. College of Hotel Management & Catering Technology
- Indira Gandhi Jayanthi institute of Catering Technology
- Srisamraj Institute of Medical Science
- Test Institute of Medical Science
Teacher training institutes 
- R.C. Teacher Training Institute (Aided)
- Sri Murugan Teacher Training Institute
Technical education institutes 
- St. Joseph’s Industrial School For Boys
- P.V.Polytechnic College
- Bharathi I.T.I.
- Rajiv Gandhi Industrial Training Institute
- Tagore Women Industrial Training Institute
- Sri Akshaya Mobile Communication. Cell Phone Service & Training Centre
Engineering colleges 
Tindivanam was gifted with a constituent college of Anna University, Chennai. The Engineering college is named after Anna University as "University College of Engineering Tindivanam (UCET)", a constituent college of Anna University, Chennai. It is directly under the control of Anna University, Chennai. The infrastructure is of good standard. Apart the Government Engineering College (UCET), a private engineering college named Mailam Engineering College, Mailam was also established.
Notable people 
- O. P. Ramaswamy Reddiyar (Omandur Ramasamy Reddiar) (1895–1970) was an Indian freedom-fighter and politician of the Indian National Congress. He served as the Premier of Madras Presidency from March 23, 1947 to April 6, 1949.
- Dhavalakeerthi is the head (Bhattaraka) of the Arahanthgiri Jain Math. Dhavalakeerthi hails from a poor Tamil Jain family in Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu.
- J. K. Aravind was geologist(Central Geological Service) at Geological Survey of India, Hyderabad. He is University rank holder and gold medalist at Thiru A. Govindasamy Govt. Arts College, Tindivanam (B.Sc. Geology 2004-2007).
See also 
- Villupuram District Govt Website. "Narasimma Swamy Koil - Ennairam". Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Tindivanam
- "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.
- Oilseeds Research Station Official Website. "Oilseeds Research Station". Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Aalayam Kanden
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- "Chairman - Tindivanam Municipal Council". Tindivanam Municipality, Municipal Web Portal, Govt of Tamilnadu.
- "Vice Chairman - Tindivanam Municipal Council". Tindivanam Municipality, Municipal Web Portal, Govt of Tamilnadu.
- "Commissioner - Tindivanam Municipal Council". Tindivanam Municipality, Municipal Web Portal, Govt of Tamilnadu.
- "Karnataka / Shimoga News : 'Society should pay obeisance to guru peethas'". The Hindu. 2004-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- "Deccan Herald - Bimba shuddhi begins". Archive.deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- "Swasthy Shree Dhavalakeerthi Swamiji". Akalanka-educational-trust.com. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
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