Padi, Chennai

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Padi is located in Chennai
Padi is located in Tamil Nadu
Padi (Tamil Nadu)
Padi is located in India
Padi (India)
Coordinates: 13°06′13″N 80°11′41″E / 13.1037°N 80.1947°E / 13.1037; 80.1947Coordinates: 13°06′13″N 80°11′41″E / 13.1037°N 80.1947°E / 13.1037; 80.1947
StateTamil Nadu
DistrictChennai District
ZoneAmbattur Zone No 7
 • BodyChennai Corporation
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
600 050
Vehicle registrationTN 13 (RTO, Ambattur)
Lok Sabha constituencySriperumpudur
State Assembly constituencyAmbattur
Planning agencyCMDA
Civic agencyChennai Corporation

Padi (Tamil: [paːɖi]) is a locality and neighbourhood in the city of Chennai, India. It was named after Nayanmars, Especially Sundarar, (Tamil saints) came to Padi and sang songs in the Lord Shiva Temple (Tiruvalleeswarar Temple). Padi exactly 13 km from the city's Kilometer Zero is a latest included part of the city. MTH Road (Madras–Thiruvallur High Road), now unofficially known as the CTH Road (Chennai–Thiruvallur High Road), passes through Padi. Padi is basically an industrial area and its infrastructure and living conditions have made this place popular among the working class.[citation needed] Arulmigu Thiruvalithayam Temple in Padi is one of the famous Guru Bhagawan temples in Chennai. This temple is under the control of Hindu Aranilayathurai. Every year Thai Kirthigai is one of the big festival in Padi. Another nearby temple is the Padavattamman Temple.

On 4 October 2013, the Tamil Nadu Highways department issued a GO extending the entire stretch of the road till Tirutani to 6 lanes at a cost of 1,680 million, by means of land acquisition from 12 villages.[1] In the first phase, the road will be widened to 100 ft (4 lanes) with center median at a cost of 980 million.[2]

Tiruvaleeswarar temple[edit]

Tiruvaleeswarar temple is located at about 1/2 km inside from the Avadi main road. The poet Thirungyana Sambandar has composed hymns at this temple. The east tower has 3 tiers and acts as the main entrance to the temple. Inside the main entrance, there is broad inner courtyard on all the four sides of the main shrine. A garden along the walls of outer corridor decorates the temple. Entering the inner mandapam, the main sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva is situated. The sanctum is semi-circular in shape at the back. This type of architecture is called Gaja Brishta Vimana or Thoonganai Maadam in Tamil as this resembles the back of a sleeping elephant. The main deity is known as Tiruvalleeswarar. To the right of him is the shrine for the female deity Jagathambikai. On the 4 walls of the inner corridor encircling the main sanctum sanctorum, there are sculptured images of Sun God, Balasubramania, Vinayagar, Dakshinamoorthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma, Durgai, etc. There are separate shrines inside the temple for Somaskandar, Murugan with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Anjaneyar and Meenakshi Sundareswarar. There is also a sivalingam supposed to have been worshipped by Sage Bharadwaj Maharishi. The pillars in this temple have carved images of Hindu Gods, Natarajar, Murugan, Kothandaramar, Machavathara Moorthy, Koormavadhara Moorthy etc. According to mythology, Lord Brahma's two daughters Kamali and Valli wished to marry Lord Shiva. Knowing that their wish is very difficult to be fulfilled, Lord Brahma sent them to worship Lord Shiva on the banks of river Paalaru. Shiva, being pleased with their penance, appeared before them and told them that it is not possible for them to marry him as he is already married to Parvathi and advised them to marry Lord Ganapathy. Accordingly, they married Lord Ganapathy, who was returning after conquering the demon king Gajamukasuran.[3]

Thai Kirthigai Festivals Photo Gallery[edit]

Main spots in Padi[edit]

Lucas TVS, Wheels India, Sundaram Fasteners, Sundaram Clayton, Brakes India, and Britannia Industries are some of the industries in this area. These industries provide major employment to people living in Padi and nearby areas, such as Korattur, Ambattur, Mogapair, Anna Nagar, Thirumangalam, Villivakkam, Kolathur, and ICF.

There are also a few BPO companies operating from this area.

The Ambit IT Park, Price Info Park, Kochar and HCL Compaines are located Ambattur Industrial Estate.

Retail giant of Chennai, Saravana stores recently opened a 10-storey store opposite to TVS Lucas.

The nearest Railway Station is at Korattur and Villivakkam.

Police Station - Korattur.

Sivasakthi Cinemas, one of the oldest cinemas in Chennai is present in Padi.

In Padi, multiple number showrooms are there like: JSP Honda and Yamaha.

Padi railway station connects Villivakkam and Anna Nagar East railway station.


  1. ^ "Chennai to Tirupati 6-lane highway soon". The Deccan Chronicle. Chennai: The Deccan Chronicle. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Encroachments along CTH Road removed". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ about Tiruvaleeswarar temple Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine