Ranganathan Street is a major commercial street in the neighborhood of T. Nagar, located in Chennai, India. It is one of the most crowded streets in the world. The street houses several commercial establishments, primarily those involved in the clothing and jewelry industry. It has often been referred to as the most crowded street in Chennai.
Ranganathan Street ought to have been named Rangaswamy Iyengar Street after the first resident of that street. It was the usual practice then to name streets after the first resident irrespective of their class, caste or contribution.
Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar, a retired Civil Servant of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, built his house in early 1920s. When civil authorities approached him for his formal approval the gentleman requested it be named after Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam temple.
Usman Road is on one end of the street. At the other end is the Mambalam train station. On the street can be found many commercial establishments ranging from street hawkers selling safety pins to big stores selling gold jewelry. Many vegetable vendors also sell their wares on Ranganathan Street.
Throughout the year the street is full of people. Traditionally, it is busiest during Deepavali by nature of this street offering consumers the opportunity to purchase a variety of commodities. The most famous among the establishments on Ranganathan Street are the Saravana stores.
Some of the commercial shops established in Ranganathan street include:
- Saravana Stores
- Jeyachandran textile and jewellery
- Rathna stores
- Shafeeque fashions
- Textile India
The street is a famous icon of T. Nagar and due to its proximity to Mambalam railway station, people from all parts of Chennai and Tamil Nadu flock to Ranganathan Street for shopping, especially during festive seasons.
In popular culture
- "World's Most Crowded Place - Ranganathan Street, India". phenomenalplace.com.
- Divya Kumar (26 September 2007). "Not an inch to spare". The Hindu.
- Bishwanath Ghosh (5 June 2013). "Life in a street-smart city". The Hindu.
- "Angadi Theru - Uncluttered and Faithful". Indiaglitz. 26 March 2010.