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Purasai, Purasawakkam, purasaiwalkam
Nickname(s): Purasai
Purasawalkam is located in Chennai
Coordinates: 13°05′09″N 80°15′02″E / 13.08593°N 80.25047°E / 13.08593; 80.25047Coordinates: 13°05′09″N 80°15′02″E / 13.08593°N 80.25047°E / 13.08593; 80.25047
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
 • Body Chennai Corporation
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Planning agency CMDA
Civic agency Chennai Corporation
Website www.chennai.tn.nic.in

Purasawakkam (Tamil: புரசைவாக்கம்), also known as Purasaiwakkam or Purasai, is a residential area and shopping district in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is close to the Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations. Purasawakkam is considered a perfect mixture of commercial and residential hub.


The name "Purasai" came from the name of a tree called 'purasai maram' in Tamil. In olden days this area was abundant with these trees. The Gangatheeswarar temple near the Purasaiwakkam tank speaks about this history. The tank belongs to this temple.

The Gangatheeswarar temple is very famous temple for ages. Here the shiva lingam which is situated at moolasthanam has a unique feature of wetness throughout the year. Even in the drought condition and sever summer season the wetness near the Siva Lingham is observed.



Abirami Mega Mall on Purasawalkam high road

Abirami Mega Mall, one of the main attractions in Purasawalkam, is a Multiplex including four main cinemas and many shopping outlets.[1] Tana Street, the heart of Purasawalkam, is one of the busiest streets in Chennai. It is famous for its jewelry, vegetables, Clay pot cooking and Pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market. There are also many textile showrooms, including MadharSha, Deensha, Sree Krishna Collections, Textile India, Ranjanas, Rathna Stores and Saravana Stores Super Shopping Mall. The Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College's boys hostel is also situated here opposite to Motcham theater.


Popular Restaurants here include Hotel Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Akshaya The Tasty Veg. Restaurant, Raaj Bhavan, Hotel Welcome(Famous for its unique Sambar),Hotel Balaji Bhavan, The Hot Chips, Doveton Cafe and Hotel Sanmaan along with an umpteen number of Biriyani shops. There are a significant number of wine shops in Purasawakkam.

Educational institutions[edit]

Purasaiwakkam is a center of education in Chennai


  • Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training(HIMT)
  • Madras Veterinary College
  • Chengalvaraya Polytechnic College
  • Guru Shanthi Vijay Jain College for Women
  • Government College of Arts and Crafts


  • Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram,
  • J.M matriculation school
  • Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School
  • St.Joseph's Anglo Indian Boys Higher Secondary School
  • St.Aloysius Anglo Indian Girls Hr.Sec School
  • Sir MCTM Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • Sir MCTM Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Kola Saraswathi Senior Secondary School
  • Bentick Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • St.Pauls Hr.Sec. School
  • St. Matthias Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School
  • CSI Bains Hr.Sec. School, Alagappa Hr.Sec. School
  • Doveton Corrie Anglo-Indian Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • Doveton Corrie Anglo-Indian Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Doveton Matric Hr. Sec School
  • C.S.I Ewarts Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Anita Methodist Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • Sathya Matriculation School
  • St.Andrews Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • ELM Fabricus Hr.Sec. School
  • St.Joseph's Girls Hr.Sec School
  • St.Joseph's Primary School
  • Raja Nursery School
  • Corporation Girls School
  • Corporation Boys School
  • Sri Muthukuaramswamy Hr.Sec School
  • T.E.L.C.Primary School
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Matric. Hr.Sec School (Vepery)

Places of Worship[edit]

Purasai also contains a huge Lutheran church, Adaikalanathar Church, operated under the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC). Other churches include St. Joseph's Church (Vepery High Road near Periamet), St Andrew's church, St. Paul's Church, St. Mathias Church,CSI Missionary chapel, Emmanuel Methodist, Tamil Methodist, Apostolic Church and Apostolic Fellowship Tabernacle, Apostolic Christian Assembly which is the biggest congregation in Chennai.

Some of the famous Temples in this area are Gangadeeshwarar Temple, Sumaga Vinayagar(Vandithoti Pilliyar) Temple, Karpaga Vinayagar Temple and Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Vellala Street, Solai Amman Koil and Sri Purushadaniya Parshvanath Jain Temple.

Mosques here include Jumma Masjid, Periamet Mosque and PMWA mosque in yemi street.


Late politician Naanjil Manoharan's house is situated on the Mookathal Street near Saravana Super Stores. Purasawakkam assembly constituency is part of Chennai Central (Lok Sabha constituency).[2]


  1. ^ "Multiplex Unique!". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  2. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-08.