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Coordinates: 13°05′N 80°14′E / 13.083°N 80.233°E / 13.083; 80.233
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Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai) is located in Chennai
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai) is located in Tamil Nadu
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai) (Tamil Nadu)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai) is located in India
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai)
Aminjikarai (Amaindakarai) (India)
Coordinates: 13°05′N 80°14′E / 13.083°N 80.233°E / 13.083; 80.233
StateTamil Nadu
DistrictChennai District
 • BodyChennai Corporation
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
600 029
Vehicle registrationTN 02 (RTO, Chennai North West)
Lok Sabha constituencyCentral Chennai
Vidhan Sabha constituencyAnna Nagar
Planning agencyCMDA
Civic agencyChennai Corporation

Aminjikarai, originally Amaindakarai, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The arterial Poonamallee High Road (NH 4) runs through it. Aminjikarai was annexed to Madras District in the year 1946, and Arumbakkam and Anna Nagar were carved out of Aminjikarai in the 1950s and 1970s. The Nelson Manickam Road which traverses through Aminjikarai is an important commercial road in Chennai city.


A delta formed from the deposition of the sediment carried by the river Cooum towards its journey to the Bay of Bengal is called Amainda Karai (which means formed bank in Tamil) and later on Aminjikarai colloquially.

According to another version, the name is derived from the word amanjutal, which means 'free community service'. At some point, the banks of Cooum might have broken, and the local people could have offered free community service in rebuilding the banks (karai) of the river.[1]

In the early days, it was known as a suburb after the tollgate (near Pachaiyappa's College). Now, it is a central part of Chennai which links the residential Anna Nagar to the central business district of Chennai. It comprises Mehta Nagar, Gill Nagar, Railway Colony, Collectorate Colony and Ayyavoo Naidu Colony.

Mehta Nagar is connected by a small pedestrian bridge and is almost like a peninsula. Thiru Vi Ka Park is a well-known park that is close to Aminijikarai.


Aminjikarai hosts the Sri Ekambareshwara Kamakshi Amma temple and the Sri Varadaraja temple. Since these two temples are in very close vicinity, some people refer to Aminjikarai as mini Kancheepuram. The Mangali Amma temple (Ellai Amma) is also located between the toll gate and Aminjikarai. The Brahmotsavam of Ekambareshwara and Varadaraja temples is a famous festival held between March and May every year. Pradosham is also a famous event at the Ekambareshwara temple. Near the Ekambareswarar temple, there is a Vinayagar temple called "Varasidhi Vinayagar temple", well known for its Vinayagar Chathurthi festival.

Aminjikarai also has a mosque called Jamia Masjid, and a burial ground on Poonamallee High Road. There is another mosque called Fathima Islamic Cultural Society on Nelson Manickam Road. There are numerous churches as well.


Aminjikarai offers shopping facilities for people of all classes. The Aminjikarai Market hosts very fresh vegetables, some roadside makeshift vegetable shops offer very fresh vegetables at nominal rates. There is a huge shopping mall, Ampa Skywalk, at the intersection of Nelson Manickam Road and Poonamallee High Road. The mall has 7 multiplex cinemas, a spacious hypermarket, a food court, restaurants and branded retail outlets.

The nearest suburban railway station is Nungambakkam railway station, which is just 2 km (1.2 mi) from Aminjikarai. The proximity to the Chennai Metropolitan Bus Terminus (CMBT) has made Aminjikarai one of the most accessible routes in Chennai.

Aminjikarai has many hospitals, including Billroth Hospitals, which is a fully-fledged multi-speciality hospital. MR Hospital, a dedicated Renal (kidney) Transplant centre, is located on Govindan Street.

In popular culture[edit]

Aminjikarai is usually referenced in Tamil film comedy scenes. The name is usually compared with America as a play on words to contrast someone locally from Aminjikarai with someone from a Western society.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rao Sahib C S Srinivasachari. (1939). History of the City of Madras
  2. ^ "America To Aminjikarai | Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 13 May 2024.

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