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Villivakkam is a neighbourhood located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is a residential area known for famous temples. Situated between the industrial estates of Ambattur, Padi, ICF, Perambur Loco Works, this place is populated mostly by the working-class people of Chennai (especially people working in manufacturing). The neighbourhood is served by Villivakkam railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway.
According to legend, two demons, 'Ilvalan' and 'Vatapi', who were born to Sage Dhurva and Aswamukhi, tortured the entire world and killed many innocent people. One of the demons used to take the shape of a fruit and the other used to offer it to some innocent passer-by and after he consumed it, the demon would come out by tearing his stomach. It was left to Sage Agasthya to kill these demons with his mystic powers. It was here that the slaying of the demons took place and as a result the place came to be known as Konnur in times of yore.
It got the name of Villivakkam much later which has its own bearing - that Sage Agasthya planted a "Vilvam" plant (which has got medicinal and spiritual healing power) and hence the name. The Shiva temple in Villivakkam has a very old Vilvam tree which the priests consider sacred and use its leaves for the daily puja.
Villivakkam has a bus terminus which is located off Konnur High Road. Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Konnur High Road are the arterial roads encompassing Villivakkam. The construction of the long pending Villivakkam Subway was started on 4 December 2007 and was inaugurated on 19 June 2012. The 447.50-m-long subway built at a cost of 390 million, would also have a bicycle lane of 2.5 m width.
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Chennai suburban railway station at Villivakkam is between the segment of Chennai Central and Arakkonam Junction, and 10 km from Central, there are suburban services to Chennai Central, Chennai Beach, Velachery, Annanagar, Ambattur, Avadi, Pattabiram, Tiruvallur, Arakkonam and Ponneri. The link from Chennai to Arakkonam junction is the oldest railway line in South India.
EMU Train Timings at Villivakkam
|Beach||Towards Chennai Central||Avadi||Pattabiram||Tiruvallur||Arakkonam||Tiruttani|
Places of Worship
There are many ancient places of worship in Villivakkam. Some of the popular ones are:
- Agatheeswerar Temple
- Baaliamman Temple
- Sowmya Damodara Perumal Temple
- Murgan temple.
- Sri Pon Mariamman Temple
- The Masjid-eh-Rahmaniya Mosque,
- The Philadelphia church near ICF,
- The Sacred Heart Church in Srinivasa Nagar
- Moppili Amman Koil
- St.Stephen's church
- The Pentecostal Mission (behind mohan nursing home)
- World Christians Believers Fellowship (near bus terminus)
Maharaja of Villivakkam
Maharaja Raja Shri Jankiram Reddiar avargal was a well known Zamindar and Philanthropist in the region. He was responsible for the region in official authority when the Britishers ruled India and acted as a custodian of Villivakkam village. Large tracts of land were owned by him, with a colony named after his demise. He was given the title Maharaja Raja Shri by the Britishers. The first electricity connection in the region post independence was given to his residence. He was instrumental in the development of Villivakkam.
Children at Villivakkam have a plenty of well established Schools including Pre-primary school. The schools are as follows:
- AppleTree PlaySchool
- Buddies World playschool
- Singaram Pillai Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- ICF H.S.SCHOOL,
- St.Johns Matriculation Higher Secondary School,
- The Singaram Pillai Boys Hr. Sec. School
- I.C.F. Silver jubilee Mat. High. Sec. school,
- Sri Kanaka Durga Telugu Higher Secondary School (Largest Telugu School in Chennai/Tamil Nadu)
- Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary (Srinivasa Nagar),
- Sri.V.Batcha Reddy High School,
- Nagalakshmi nursery & Primary School,
- Sri Ramakrishna nursery and primary school,
- M A Krishnaswamy Matric Hr. Sec school,
- Dhanish matric hr.sec.school,
- John Williams Matriculation School,
- Our Lady of velanganni Mat Hr Sec School,
- St.Thomas Primary School,
- Good will High School,
- Good will Mat.Hr.Sec.School,
- Padma Sarangapani Matriculation Higher Secondary School and
- Velanganni Matric.Hr.Sec School.
- Kulapathi Dr. S Balakrishna Joshi Gurukulam, Mat. Hr. Sec. School
The ground in Singaram pillai School, V-Ground between the rail tracks and grounds in ICF are common places for playing football, cricket and other sports. The Tennis court and cricket pitch at I.C.F offers high quality coaching.
There are few cine halls like Nathamuni, Ganga in Villivakkam. The erstwhile Royal Theatre, near the Villivakkam bus terminus is renovated and renamed as AGS Cinemas with 5 Screens.
- Niranjana Hospital and Well Women Centre (formerly Nirmal Polyclinic and Nursing Home)
- Mohan Reddy Nursing Home
- Cauvery Trust Hospitals
- Leela raj Maternity Clinic
- DRJ hospitals Become Life Care Hospital.
- I.C.F Hospital (near ICF terminus)
- Life Care Hospital
Villivakkam is the largest state assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu in terms of number of voters. The Villivakkam constituency covers an area from Annanagar in south to Madavaram in north and from Ayanavaram in east to Korattur in west.
Jankiram Reddy Colony,Agathiyar nagar, Rajamanglam, Sidco nagar, South Jagannatha Nagar, Baba nagar, Valluvar Nagar, North Jagannathan Nagar, Rajaji Nagar, Welcome Colony and Thirunagar are some of the localities in Villivakkam. Agathiyar nagar, and Thirunagar are some of the largest residential areas in this zone. Ambattur Industrial Estate and Integral Coach Factory are also located near Villivakkam.
The tallest internet communication tower (Tata Indicom) in South India is located in Welcome colony, it is also the tallest non linear frequency developing tower in South India. The entire Chennai city can be seen from the top of the tower. In 2009, a solar eclipse filter camera was fixed at the top of the tower by a space team from Villivakkam Science Society.
Location in Context
|Korattur / Padi||Perambur|
|Padi / Anna Nagar||I.C.F / Anna Nagar||I.C.F / Anna Nagar|
- "Tamil Nadu infra gets better with new bridges, bypass, subway". The Asian Age (Chennai: Deccan Chronicle). 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20-Jun-2012.