Acharapakkam hill along NH45
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Acharapakkam is a panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its ancient Shiva temple, namely Aksheeswaraswamy Temple which is one of the Devaram temples. Acharapakkam town is about 96 km south-west from Chennai city, which is now included with the Chennai Metropolitan Area limits. Atcheeswarar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva located near Acharapakkam, Tamil Nadu, and India. The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 29th shrine in Thondai region praised in Thevaram hymns. This temple is around 1000-2000 years old. It is believed that Arulmigu Aatcheeswarar Temple is associated with the legend of Tripurasamhaaram (related to that at Tiruvatikai Veerattaanam). Legends state that when Lord Shiva was travelling in his chariot to destroy the Tripurams, the axle of the chariot broke in this village into two pieces. Lord Shiva recollected that he didn't pray to Lord Ganesha before setting out for travel.
It is also said that a Pandya King, who was on his way to bring soil from river Ganga’s banks for construction of a dam on a local river nearby this place happened to pass through this village in his chariot. While passing, the axle of his chariot is also said to have broken in this very village in to two pieces.
Hence the name of this village came to being as Achu Iru Paagam Meaning- "Axle into two pieces" Later this name eventually became Achirupakkam and then to Acharapakkam.
The town is also famous for the Mazhai Malai Madha Church, which is visited by thousands of Christians every year. The church is popular with people of other faiths too.
The Police Station in Acharapakkam is one of the oldest police stations in Tamil Nadu, witnessing over 100 years of its existence.
As of 2001[update] India census, Acharapakkam had a population of 9013. Males and females each have an equal percentage of the population. Its literacy rate of almost 73% is higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 44% of females being literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
As Acharapakkam lies on the Busy NH45, this place is easily reachable from any part of the state. TNSTC-VPM operates buses between Acharapakkam and major parts of the district, and also to some deep interior villages. Although long distance buses (SETC & others) don't stop here at Acharapakkam, due to its proximity to Melmaruvathur, one can easily access Acharapakkam by alighting at Melmaruvathur. Both government and private buses serve Acharapakkam.
- "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.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
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