Thiyagarajaswamy Temple Rajagopuram
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Thiruvottriyur Subdistrict (Thiruvotriyur or TVT) is an effective suburb in North Chennai administered by the Chennai Corporation, but remains part of Tiruvallur district. It is administrated as a taluk or subdistrict, located to the north of Chennai. Due to its proximity to Parrys and Chennai Central along with comparatively cheaper residential space and decent amenities, it is fast becoming a sought after residential destination. Tiruvottriyur which is one of the oldest habitations by the sea, has a diverse residential population due to the industrial units, trading activity and nearby fishing hamlets. The area is easily accessible by Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses from across the city and has a bus terminus. The area is also served by Tiruvottiyur railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. As of 2011, the subdistrict (taluk) had a population of 249,446, and there is also an eponymous revenue village within the taluk.
Thiruvottiyur was widely inhabited even before Chennai was formed. Thiruvottiyur is home to the ancient Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvottiyur (one of the Paadal Petra Sthalangal and amongst the great Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu) and location of the samādhi of saint Pattinathar. This temple was visited by many saints and poets like Appar, Sundarar, Gnana Sambandhar, Thyagayyar, Vallalar, Valmiki, Kambar, Adi Shankara etc. Kamba Ramayanam was composed here at Thyagaraja Swamy Vadivudaiamman Temple, before it was recited at Sri Rangam, Trichy.
Tiruvottiyur is located at  It is an esplanade located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The sea encroachment was a major problem for the fishermen before building of Groynes was started in 2004. The groynes, put up over a length of 4 km, vary in length from 165–300 metres each. Their height is four meters above the mean sea level. After a few years some acres have been reclaimed with the formation of a beach as predicted..
According to 2011 census, Tiruvottiyur had a population of 249,446 with a sex-ratio of 991 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 26,903 were under the age of six, constituting 13,782 males and 13,121 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 14.16% and .2% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 79.03%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 63862 households. There were a total of 94,000 workers, comprising 451 cultivators, 509 main agricultural labourers, 1,568 in house hold industries, 78,522 other workers, 12,950 marginal workers, 163 marginal cultivators, 136 marginal agricultural labourers, 612 marginal workers in household industries and 12,039 other marginal workers. As per the religious census of 2011, Tiruvottiyur had 83.7% Hindus, 6.93% Muslims, 8.56% Christians, 0.07% Sikhs, 0.04% Buddhists, 0.15% Jains, 0.52% following other religions and 0.03% following no religion or did not indicate any religious preference.
During 2001-2011, the population of Tiruvottiyur rose to 248,059, registering a decadal growth of 17 percent.
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Thiruvottiyur is one of the heavily populated locations in Chennai. It is a very active locality as it is surrounded by huge industrial establishments namely Royal Enfield Motors, Greaves Cotton LTD,CPCL,SRF, Ashok leyland,Ennore foundries, ETPS and many more. Also the city is supported by numerous small scale industries. A majority of the city's population are reliant on these industries for their daily labor. Apart from industries the other primary source of income for the people is business. The fishing industry is also huge.
The city has basically all the facilities – a dedicated police station, post office, railway station, bus terminus and even a magistrate court. Entertainment in the city is not well developed compared to other parts of Chennai. Lots of theatres have been converted to real estate properties and just two are operational as of now: MSM & Odiyanmani. But the locality is well known for its food. There are lots of small and large scale hotels, restaurants and small food stalls distributed across the place. Quite famous are Murthy Restaurant, Kurunji Hotel, Tirumala Hotel, Rajeswari Hotel, Pushpa Hotel, kumarappas biriyaani kadai, suvai sangamam, clay pot, Tirupathi Mess & MGR Unavvagam. There is also a small park with a swimming pool as a part of entertainment.
The city is also known for its marriage halls. The city is supported by a huge vegetable and meat market for daily grocery needs and super markets. Thiruvottiyur is considered as one of the economical housing zones in Chennai. The city is slowly developing in par with rest of the localities in Chennai. A corporation park near ajax bus stand is ready for opening.
Thiruvottiyur MTC Bus Depot was formed in 1975 in Ajax. There are buses operated from here to all over Chennai and also a few limited services which run to various parts of the Tamil Nadu state. There is a bus available to Parrys corner for every 10 minutes through different routes. Also this part of the city is supported by a good amount of auto rickshaws and share autos. Due to the delayed road widening project, traffic congestion is common in Theradi during peak hours.
Thiruvottriyur is located at the Chennai Central – Gummidipoondi suburban line of Chennai. The number of train services on this route are quite frequent. Plans to extend Chennai Metro to Thiruvottriyur is under study. Thiruvottriyur has two rail stations, one at Thiruvottriyur and the other at Wimco nagar.
Places of worship
- Vadivudaiamman Temple
- Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Pattinathar Thirukovil
- Sri Muthu Krishna Swami Madam
- Varadharaja Perumal Temple
- Kattu ponniamman Temple
List of Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA)'s from Thiruvottiyur:
|15th Assembly||K.P.P.Samy||DMK||From May 19, 2016 to till date|
|14th Assembly||K. Kuppan||ADMK||From May 14, 2011 to May 18, 2016|
|13th Assembly||K.P.P. Samy||DMK||12.5.2006 to 13.5.2011|
|12th Assembly||A.Arumugam||ADMK||14.5.2001 to 11.5.2006|
|11th Assembly||T.C.Vijayan||DMK||13.5.1996 to 14.5.2001|
|10th Assembly||K. Kuppan||ADMK||24.6.1991 to 13.5.1996|
|9th Assembly||T.K.Palanichamy||DMK||27.1.1989 to 30.1.1991|
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