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Gerugambakkam is a residential cum industrial area in the South Western part of Chennai, a metropolitan city in Tamil Nadu, India.It belongs to the Alandur taluk of Chennai District, Tamil Nadu, India. The Alandur taluk, earlier a part of Kanchipuram district has now been annexed to the Chennai District. It forms a suburb of Chennai city.
Gerugambakkam is located in South West Chennai, 4 kilometres away from the Porur junction on the Kundrathur road surrounded by Moulivakkam, Kolapakkam in the North and Kovur to the South. Other neighboring areas include Porur, Mangadu, Valasaravakkam, Iyyapanthangal, Kundrathur.
As of 2011[update] census, Gerugambakkam had a total population of 11,551 with 5,949 males and 5,602 females. The sex ratio was 942 against state average of 996. Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 1445 which is 12.51 % of total population of Gerugambakkam. The Child Sex Ratio in was around 841 compared to Tamil Nadu state average of 943. The Literacy rate was 88.93 %, higher than state average of 80.09 %. The Male literacy is around 92.87 % while female literacy rate is 84.80 %.
Pallavaram railway station is the nearest Railway Station, which is 7 km away from Gerugambakkam (Enroute Via Cowl Bazaar). Guindy railway station is the second nearest Railway Station, which is 8 km away from Gerugambakkam.
MTC operating Considerable fleet of buses via Gerugambakkam. Share autos as well plays a major role in transportation. The nearest Bus Depot is Iyyapanthangal which is approx 5 kilometers from Gerugambakkam. The second nearest is Kundrathur which is 6 kilometers far.
Buses which passes through Gerugambakkam are :
|16K||CMBT||Kundrathur||Chinmaya Nagar, Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur|
|16M||CMBT||Mangadu||Chinmaya Nagar, Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Pattur|
|21M||Broadway||Kovur||Secretariate, Anna Square, Santhome, Adyar, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam|
|26B||Broadway||Mangadu||Chennai Central, LIC, Palmgrove, Trustpuram, Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Pattur|
|54M||Broadway||Mangadu||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Pattur|
|54P||Poonamallee||T. Nagar||Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Madhanandhapuram, Bhai Kadai, Pattur, Mangadu, Kumanan Chavadi|
|88A||High Court||Nandhambakam Village||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur, Kundrathur|
|88C||Saidapet||Thandalam Village||Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur|
|88C Extn||T. Nagar||Kundrathur||Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur|
|88D||West Saidapet||Kundrathur||Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur|
|88K||High Court||Kundrathur||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur|
|88K||Broadway||Kundrathur||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, Butt Road, DLF, Mugalivakkam, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur|
|88L||T. Nagar||Kundrathur Periya Colony||Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur, Kundrathur|
|M88||Vadapalani||Kundrathur||Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Madhanandhapuram, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur|
|M88M||Broadway||Nallur||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur, Kundrathur, Nandhambakam|
|88R||Broadway||Amarambedu||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Kovur, Kundrathur, Sirukalathur, Nandhambakam, Somangalam|
|M89 Ext||Porur||Somangalam||Bhai Kadai, Kovur, Kundrathur, Sirukalathur, Nandhambakam|
|166||Iyyapanthangal||Tambaram||Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kundrathur, Anakaputhur, Pammal, Pallavaram, Chrompet|
|188||Saidapet||Kundrathur||Guindy, Ramapuram, Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Gerugambakkam, Kovur|
|188 Extn||Broadway||Kundrathur||Chennai Central, LIC, DMS, Saidapet, Guindy, Ramapuram, Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Gerugambakkam, Kovur|
|188K||T. Nagar||Katrambakkam Village||C.I.T Nagar, Saidapet, Guindy, DLF, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur, Kundrathur, Sirukalathur, Nandhambakam, Somangalam|
|578A||Vadapalani||Sriperumbudur||Virugambakkam, Valasaravakkam, Porur, Bhai Kadai, Gerugambakkam, Kovur, Kundrathur, Sirukalathur, Nandhambakam, Somangalam, Amarambedu|
Sri Neelakandeswarar Temple
Gerugambakkam has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva, which dates back to Chozha Era. The main deity is Sri Neelakandeswarar and Goddess Sri Aadhi Kamakshi. This is one of the Navagraha temples of Chennai (or Thondai Mandalam) devoted to Sri Kethu Bhagavan. The famous Navagraha Sthalam of Kethu in South India is the Nagannathaswamy Temple at Keezhaperumpallam near Poompuhar. In Chennai, the Gerugambakkam Neelakantheswarar Temple is the Kethu Sthalam. There is a separate shrine for Kethu Bhagavan on the southern side of the sanctum. Special Poojas and Homams are performed to Sri Kethu Bhagavan during Raahu Kethu Peyarchi.
The main deity Sri Neelakandeswarar is situated in a small and beautiful sanctum. The divine Lord is called Neelakandeswarar as he swallowed the deadly "Hala Kaala" poison that appeared out when churning of the milky ocean. His neck is said to have turned blue on swallowing the poison. The word ‘Neela’ in Tamil means blue while ‘Kanda’ denotes the neck.
The Nandhi Deva found in front of the Lord is considered powerful since he intakes the poisonous breath of the Lord after he consumed the deadly poison.
Sri Aadhi Kamakshi is present outside the main sanctum, facing south. She is said to be the first among 5 forms of Kamakshi.
On 7 April 2012, the Anjaneya statue was erected in actor Arjun's Garden at Gerugambakkam. The Anjaneya statue is 28 feet in height and weighing 143 tons which is carved out single block of stone. It is the one of the tallest Anjaneya in the world on this position.
Other notable temples include Murugan temple, Perumal temple, Kadumbadi Mari Chinna Amman and so on.
As of 2016[update] data, Gerugambakkam has number of educational institutions including Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary, College and Polytechnics in and around this area. Some of the famous institutions in Gerugambakkam are PSBB Millennium School, Little Flower Matriculation School & Polytechnic. Some other famous institutions like Velammal Vidyashram, Pon Vidyashram, Lalaji Memorial Omega International School and few more are located in adjacent area Kolapakkam.
One of the fast growing suburban settlement was once flourished in agriculture with majority of its landscape were green laden fields as late as the year 2000. Along with the adjacent village Kovur, this attracted many film makers and made them the filming hub to represent the rural nostalgic of South India. Some of the notable Tamil movies shot here includes Vaigasi Poranthachu, Natpukkaga, Poomagal Oorvalam, Udhaya, Kolamavu Kokila and so on. Apart from movies, many TV serials like Metti Oli and ads were shot here.
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