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Arappalayam or Arapalayam (தமிழ்:ஆரப்பாளையம்) is an area in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu State, India. It is on the south bank of the River Vaigai. Arappalyam comes under the Madurai West constituency. The PIN Code for Arasaradi-Arappalaym is 625016.
Arappalaym was one of the 72 palayams created under Madurai Nayak's rule. In Tamil, Aaru means river and Palayam means area. As it is situated on the river bank it got the name Arappalayam (aka Aatruppalayam).
Arappalyam has a very long history. Arappalyam is mentioned in one of the 64 Thiruvilayaadalgal of lord Siva. Arappalyam is called as "Pittukku Mann sumantha thiruthalam." and also it has Ramarpathan which was called Ramanpettai.
During Madurai Nayak rule (1530 to 1730), it was a palayam having its own local administrative body. In 1857, British built Madurai Railway station to connect Madurai and Trichy via Dindigul. Opening Madura coats made it an industrial township .
Arapalayam is nearly 1 km from Meenakshi Amman Temple, Railway station and central bus stand(periyar). Arapalayam was a busiest industrial area a few years back. "Madura coats" a cotton mill, established here had around 20000+ employees in 3 shifts. But unfortunately now its strength is 500+.
Sundaram BPO, reliance fresh, Mathi theathre, Bus stand, River, Market are few attractions in Arapalayam.
Arappalyam Main Road, Manjal medu, Komas palayam, West Ponnagaram (a total of 10 streets), Ponnagaram Broadway, Cross Road, Puttu Thoppu, Kari Medu, Bus Stand, Mothilal Streets, Total head of: AZHARADI Streets, AA Road, DD Road,JJ Road, Gnanaolivupuram, Meiyappan Street, Harvey Nagar, Sahayamatha Street all comes under Arappalayam.
Places of worship
- Puttu thoppu Kovil - A historic temple where Lord Shiva has done one of his 'Thiruviliayadalgal' (a way of testing the faith of his devotees by creating a trouble and then blessing them after they prove their faith).
As per the myth, once, the Pandiya King ordered every household in Madurai to offer one person for putting sand on the banks of the river Vaigai to control flood. An old lady, who sold 'Puttu' (a kind of rice pudding) to make a living, had none whom she can send for the flood control work. Lord Shiva disguised as a youth approached the old lady with a deal. He will do the work for the lady and in return she has to give him 'Puttu' every day and hence the name "Puttukku Mann sumantha thiruthalam" meaning - place (thiruthalam) where Shiva carried (sumantha) sand (mann) for 'Puttu'. The agreement is, she need not give him the 'Puttu' which is in good shape, but only the left-overs. The old lady agreed. But Lord Shiva, with his magical powers, made each of the 'Puttu' she cooked as a shapeless unsellable left-over and ate every thing. And worse, he didn't do any work in the river Vaigai either but he chose to sleep under a tree. The King, who was supervising the work, found the lazy man and beat him at the back with a stick. As per the myth, everyone including the king felt the pain in their back. Then the king came to know that the lazy man is none other than lord Shiva and apologised. Even now, to mark this event, on September 4 of every year, a function is held in the river bank of Arappalayam and 'Puttu' is cooked in every household.
- Railway Colony Selva Vinayagar Kovil
- Vaigai Perumal Kovil - A Perumal statue dug out from the river Vaigai was the main deity of this temple. Presently removed due to government regulations on occupations of the public roads and placed in Krishnan temple(opposite to Ananth Memorial school) situated in West ponnagaram main Road.
- Vaigai Anchaneyar Kovil
- Punitha Valanar Aalayam, Gnanaolivupuram
Punitha Valanar Aalayam @ St. Joseph’s Church, Gnanaolivupuram, Madurai is one of the biggest Catholic Parish in Tamil Nadu. 50 years ago the parish began as a small unit, and by the Grace of the Almighty, and under the Patron of our Parish, St. Joseph, today flourishing with Spiritual and Social activity in the heart of the city.
- CSI Churuch, Karimedu, Puttu Thoppu, West Ponnagaram 5th Street.
There are Mosques in DD Road, Karimedu.
- Vikaasa School - near azharadi
- St. Britto Higher Secondary School- Gnanaolivupuram,
- RC Primary School-Gnanaolivupuram,
- Holy Family Girls Higher Secondary School-West Ponnagaram 5th Street,
- Ananth Memorial Matriculation School-Bus Stand,
- Capron Hall Girls Higher Secondary School- Puttu Thoppu,
- Meenakshi School- Mothilal 4th Street,
- Kumar English School - Mothilal 4th Street,
- Angel Nursery School - Mothilal 3rd Street,
- Rajam Vidyalayam - Kaalavasal,
- Madurai Muthu Middle School- Azharadi,
- Loyola Technical Institute (Rai Robinson Institute)- Gnanaolivupuram.
- Madurai community college, (Rai Robinson studied at this college)
- Virtual soft science - Raja street,Kanmaikarai.
- mangayarkarasi higher secondary school - annathoppu
- Madura Labour Welfare Association School.
- G.R.T Fancy Store having all kinds of fancy items which is located middle of the D.D road.
- Raja Store of West Ponnagaram Main Road,
- Ceylon City of Mothilal Main Road
- Kumaran Book Stop on Arappalaym Cross Road
- Ganesh Store near Guru Theatre is a very old and popular fancy shop.
Arapplayam bus station is a major junction for the TNSTC, SETC buses going towards Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur, Gobichettipalayam, Theni, Kambam, Karur and Dindigal. It is well connected with the railway station, Mattuthavani bus stand, Anna bus stand and Periayar bus stand. Buses are operated to Thirumangalam, Theppakulam, Anna Nagar and Madurai Kamaraj University from Arappalyam bus stand.
Many theatres are there in Aarappalaym:
- Mathi Theatre
- Guru Theatre-Bethaniapuram
- Midland Theatre
- Vellaikannu Theatre
- Solamalai Theatre-Arasaradi,
- Ram-Victoria Theatre-Arasaradi
- Maapilai, Manikka Vinayagar theatres - Kaalavaasal.