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West Mambalam
மாம்பலம் (from Maha Bilam)
mambalam
neighbourhood
West Mambalam is located in Chennai
West Mambalam
West Mambalam
Coordinates: 13°02′29″N 80°13′59″E / 13.0414°N 80.2330°E / 13.0414; 80.2330Coordinates: 13°02′29″N 80°13′59″E / 13.0414°N 80.2330°E / 13.0414; 80.2330
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Taluk Mambalam
Metro Chennai
Zone Kodambakkam
Ward 133,135,140
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 600033
Vehicle registration TN-09
Lok Sabha constituency Chennai South
Legislative Assembly constituency T. Nagar Saidapet

Mambalam is a residential and commercial area in the heart of Chennai (Madras), India. It is best known for its shops, bazaars and Hindu temples. It is bounded by Kodambakkam to the north and Saidapet to the south. T. Nagar and Nandanam stretch all along its eastern frontiers while Ashok Nagar lies to its west. The Ayodhya Mandapam is an important landmark.

Etymology[edit]

Mambalam is believed to have derived its name from the existence of Maha bilvam trees in the locality, which in due course become Mabilam and then Mambalam[1]

The origin of mambalam is - in ancient times it is known as mylai mel ambalam(city located west side of the mylai) then it is known as mel-ambalam then mel(top) change into west and ambalam change into mambalam therefore it is known now as west mambalam.See Comment Number 2 Posted on 07 Aug 2012 10:31 AM

History[edit]

Prior to its inclusion in the then city of Madras, Mambalam was a village in the Saidapet taluk of Chingleput district.[2] The oldest surviving reference to Mambalam is believed to be in a 1726 stone plaque commemorating the construction of the Marmalong Bridge (now known as Maraimalai Adigal bridge) across the Adyar river by the merchant Coja Petrus Uscan. The bridge is believed to have been named after the village of Marmalong or Marmalan identified with Mambalam. The village was, then, a zamindari administered by zamindars belonging to a Telugu-speaking Reddi family.

Urbanisation of Mambalam was started in 1911 with the construction of the Mambalam railway station on the Madras-Kanchipuram railroad.[3] The Long Tank, which formed the western frontier of Madras city, was drained out in 1923.[3] The same year, the administration of Mambalam was handed over to the British by its zamindar.[4] The township of Theagaraya Nagar, popularly known as T. Nagar, was constructed in the southern part of the zamindari during 1923-25. The townships of Mambalam and Theagaraya Nagar covering an area of 1.008 sq. miles were included in the Mambalam division of Madras city.[5] These outlying residential suburbs were connected to the rest of the city by an effective bus service.[5] The areas surrounding Arya Gowda Road (originally the Ari Gowder Road) were obtained from Badaga leader and politician H. B. Ari Gowder. In its early days, Mambalam was affected by sanitation issues and was notorious for its filaria epidemics.

Starting from the 1960s, Mambalam grew into a middle-class residential neighbourhood in counterbalance to the sister-township of Theagaraya Nagar which was evolving into a busy shopping district.

Corporation ward office[edit]

Mambalam have 3 corporation wards under the old zone of 8 and new zone 10. Ward no 123/133 and 125/135 are comes under T.Nagar Constituency and Ward no 133/140 is come under Saidapet Constituency of South Chennai

  • 123/133 - Ram Colony
  • 125/135 - Thambiah Reddy Road
  • 133/140 - Reddy Kuppam road

Revenue Taluk & Police Station[edit]

Revenue Taluk Mambalam is come under the Taluk of Mambalam Taluk which is situated in K.K.Nagar.

Police Station Mambalam comes under the Judistriction of R3 Ashok Nagar police station serve people in and around Ayodhya Mandapam. Whereas R6 Kumaran Nagar police station serve people of Mambalam near Jafferkhanpet and Saidapet West

Nearest Fire Service and Rescue Station is in Ashok Nagar.

Transport[edit]

West Mambalam is served by Mambalam railway station (the busiest station after Chennai Central, Egmore and Tambaram), providing access to Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore and Tambaram. The nearest bus terminus is T. Nagar. The bus service connects the area to K.K.Nagar, Vadapalani, Iyyppanthangal, Poonamallee, T.Nagar and Broadway (via Postal Colony), Mylapore and Vallalar Nagar (via Rangarajapuram) and Saligramam (via Brindavan Street), West Saidapet and Besant Nagar (via Mettupalayam). Other less frequent services connect the area to Taramani, Guindy Industrial Estate, Pattabiram, Tollgate and Kundrathur. Addition to that Small bus operated between ashok pillar to liberty via 4th and 7th avenue of Ashok nagar, ayodhya mandapam, rangarajapuram. Nearest Metro Rail Station is Ashok Nagar.

Mambalam comes under RTO West which is situated K.K.Nagar next to Mambalam Taluk building. The Licence Registration is TN-09

Bus routes[edit]

List of MTC bus routes covers through in and out of Mambalam

Via Arya Gowda Road

Route Number Start End Via
11G K.K.Nagar Broadway Ashok pillar, Pondy bazaar, DMS, TVS, Central
11H Iyyapanthangal Broadway Porur, Virugambakkam, Ashok pillar, Pondy bazaar, DMS, TVS, Secretariat
12G K.K.Nagar Anna square Ashok pillar, Pondy bazaar, Alwarpet, Luz, V.House
49A Poonamallee T.Nagar Kumanan chavadi, Porur, Virugambakkam, Ashok pillar, Panagalpark
49B Poonamallee T.Nagar Kumanan chavadi, Mangadu, Porur, Virugambakkam, Ashok pillar, Panagalpark
S30 Ashok pillar Kodambakkam Pudhur school, Ayodhya mandapam, Mambalam Station road, Rangarajapuram

Via Govindan Road

Route Number Start End Via
5E Vadapalani Besant Nagar K.K.Nagar, Ashok pillar, Jafferkhanpet, Srinivasa theater, Saidapet, Adyar
7S Saidapet West Thiruvanmiyur Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, Saidapet, Velachery, Taramani, SRP tools
10A SaidapetWest Tollgate Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, T.Nagar, Valluvar kottam, DPI, Egmore, Central, Beach Station
10E Ekattuthangal Broadway Ashok pillar, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, T.Nagar, Valluvar kottam, DPI, Egmore, Central
18F Guindy Broadway Saidapet West, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, DMS, TVS, Central
18K SaidapetWest Broadway Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, DMS, TVS, Central
45G Guindy Anna Square SaidapetWest, Mettupalayam, Srinivasa Theater, CIT nagar, Adyar Gate, Mandaveli, Mylapore, V.house
F70 Guindy Pattabiram SaidapetWest, Mettupalayam, Ashok pillar, Vadapalani, CMBT, Thirumangalam, Padi, Ambathur OT, Avadi
88D Saidapet West Kundrathur Mettupalayam, Srinivasa theater, Saidapet, Guindy, Porur, Kovoor

Via Five Lamps

Route Number Start End Via
M11A Rangarajapuram Vallalar nagar Pondy bazaar, DMS, TVS, Central, Beach station, Stanley
12C Saligramam Mylapore Vadapalani, Rangarajapuram, Panagalpark, SIET, Nandanam, Adyar gate, Mandaveli

Landmarks[edit]

Temples:There are many historical temples which are more than 100 years old and Ayodhya Mandapam which is said to be the place of vocalist offers place for many cultural events and many more for those who find to be religious. Other temples include Sathya Narayana Kovil, Kasi Viswanathar Koil, Kodhandaramar temple, Pushpa Vinayagar Kovil, Adhi Kesava Perumal Temple near Govindan Road, Muragashramam, Kali bari temple (Kali bari is a miniature replica of the famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple near Kolkata.). There is also a Shirdi Sai Baba temple (Jai Shankar Street), an Annai meditation center and GMCKS (Pranic Energy Healing with Meditation in No.9/6 Mahadevan St. West Mambalam Center) (serving the needy for All Chronic diseases and related Psychological problems.)

Mosque: Mosque is located in Chakrapani street extension.

Church: CSI Church is located in Govindan road at Mettupalayam Bus Stop

Schools: SBSM Jain School, Ahobila Mutt Oriental School, JGHV school, Sitaram vidhyalaya, Anjugam, Little oxford, Sri Narayana Mission School and SRM Nightingale,GRT Mahalakshmi School.

Popular Eateries: Data Udipi Hotel, Bakya Fast Food, Hot 'N' Chat, Kameshwari, Venkatramana Poli stall, Venkateshwara Poli Stall, Maamis Soups, OSB Chat center and Vinayak Chat. Amma unavagam is at thambaiah reddy road corporation office

Theater: There is an one oldest theater in Mambalam called Srinivasa Theater. Another theater was there named National Theater which demolished in later 90's which was situated in Lake View Road

Sanskrit Research Centre- Fellowship of sanskrit Culture,Sanskrit Teachers'Association, Sanskrit Research centre are all located in one roof (37/16A Arangappan St) near Srinivasa theatre.

Location in context[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When the postman knocked…". The Hindu. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Alphabetical list of villages in taluks and districts of Madras Presidency. 1930. p. 103. 
  3. ^ a b Varghese, Nina (August 29, 2006). "T.Nagar: Shop till you drop, and then shop some more". The Hindu Business Line. 
  4. ^ The Journal of Asian studies, Volume 58. Association of Asian Studies. 1999. p. 658. 
  5. ^ a b Srinivasachari, C. S.; Runganadhan, S. E. (1939). History of the City of Madras: Written for the Tercentenary Celebration Committee. Madras: P. Varadachary and Co. p. 287.