Sri Santhana Srinivasa Perumal Temple
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial
Bharatnatyam - Divine Defination of Dance
Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Kapali Temple), Mylapore
Victoria Memorial Hall(National Art Gallery)
Vadapalani Andavar(Murugan) Temple
Welcome to Chennai(Madras),
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is the fourth most populous metropolitan area and the fifth most populous city in India. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai's economy has a broad industrial base in the car, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
Chennai is an important centre for Carnatic Music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. It is an important centre for the "Bharatanatyam", a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry, one of the largest film industries in India, is based in the city.
Tourism in Chennai encompasses handsomely carved temples, quiet beaches, colonial monuments and much more. Exploring Chennai can be wondrous with its magnificence, rightly called the 'Gateway to South India'. With its historic landmarks and buildings, cultural and art centers and parks, Chennai`s tourism offers umpteen interesting locations to visitors. One of the most important tourist attractions of Chennai is actually situated in the neighbouring town of Mahabalipuram, with its ancient temples and rock carvings of the 7th century.
There are innumerable temples for the Lord Muruga in Tamilnadu, but Aarupadaiveedus literally means six fighting fields, the six highly revered shrines of Lord Muruga, are considered as most important. The deities in these six well known temples shows different stages in Lord Muruga's life, to narrate in Palani near Madurai, Muruga as Dhandaayutapani, an angry child, in Swamimalai Muruga as offering advice to his father known as Swaminathanaswamy, Bala Subramanya Swami and Senthilandavar after the destruction of Surapadman and worshipping Lord Siva in Tiruchendur, after destroying the asura Surapdman in Tiruttani (Bala Subramanya Swami), Subramanyaswami after marrying Deivayaanai in Tirupparankundram, with the wifes Valli and Deivayaanai in Pazhamudirsolai close to Alagar Koyil in Madurai.
A newly constructed Arupadai Veedu Murugar Temple is located at Besant Nagar, on the shores of Bay of Bengal, in Chennai. Arupadai Veedu Murugar Temple offers the devotees an opportunity to worship all the ?arupadai veedus of Muruga' in a single shrine. Thaipuyam, Panguni Uthram, Aadi Karthikai and Skanda Shashti are the major festivals celebrated here amid much pomp and religious fervor. The festivals are celebrated in traditional style with Kavadi Attam and Paal Kudam.
It is believed that Lord Muruga showers all blesses over the devotees who visit and offer prayers in these six temples. These temples attract lot of people from various places in India and abroad.
The Adeeswar temple is situated in Polal village(Just 9 km from Chennai), which is in the Grand Trunk Road i.e. the highway road connecting Chennai to its nearby states. The Polal village is been laid down near the Redhill Lake, which flows near the Polal village. It is believed that the temple was constructed in the first century B.C. According to the legends Valluvar who was staying in Mylapore at the early years of the A.D. century is a concentrated devotee of this principal god of Jains situated in the Adeeswar temple.
The principal shrine in this temple is the Rishabhadev, and the first Tirthankar of Jainism. During the earlier years the Polal village was flocked with the followers of Jainism and it was developing immensely. Still now you can see the Vaishnavas at almost every corner of the village.
This is a contemporary temple built in 1962 on land donated by His Highness Chitra Thirunal. Anantha Padmanabha, name derived from the words Padma (lotus) and nabha (navel), is depicted to be offering worship to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga. This temple is built on the same model as that of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum. The inner chamber houses the statue of Lord Vishnu in the form of Anantha Padmanabha as placed in Trivandrum.
There are three doors through which one can see the divine head, mighty body and lotus feet of the Lord who is lying on the divine snake Adisesha with its hood caring the Lords head. The right hand is resting and worshipping the Siva Lingam and the feet on a lotus. Springing from the navel is a lotus stem with flower on which Brahma is seated. This is worth religious place to visit, to those looks for solitude and enchanting peace.
Annai Velankanni Shrine is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, at the Elliot's beach, in Chennai. This beautiful shrine is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Annai Velankani. The church is the replica of the Basilica of Our Lady of Health, Velankani. People belonging to all faith and religion gather here for worship. This church attracts lots and lots of people and it is believed that one will get the same blessings in this shrine of Virgin Mary as he gets in Velankani.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park, also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb 30 kilometers south of the city of Chennai. The zoo is contiguous with the Guindy National Park. Founded in 1855, the park was the first public zoo in India. It is recognized by the Central Zoo Authority of India. Spread over an area of 1,265 acres (5.12 km2), it is the largest zoological garden in India and one of the largest in the world. It is believed to house more than 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles in about 81 enclosures.
The Armenian Church in Chennai was built in 1772 on the site of the Armenian cemetery. This is a marvel of architectural beauty. This church has a magnificent bell tower having 6 bells, claimed to be the largest in Chennai. This tower attracts many and is a must place to visit in Chennai.
Ashtalakshmi Temple is a highly revered shrine situated in Besant Nagar, on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The architecture of the temple is unique, with the deities installed in four levels. It looks different than the other South Indian temples as it a modern construction, less than 25 years old. The temple enshrines Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth and Lord Vishnu as the principal deities. The temple has separate shrine for the Ashtalakshmi forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Ashtalakshmi Temple has a shrine for the Dasavathars (the 10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. Other deities worshipped here include Tumbikai Aazhwar (Lord Ganesha), Guruvaayurappan (Lord Krishna), Chakrathaazhwar and Narasimha (on either side of the same idol), Anjaneyar (Lord Hanuman) and Dhanvantri. Visit to this temple brings the well being for the devotees.
This nizhal thangal, temples without any distinction of caste or creed, is based on Ayyavazhi, proclaimed by Ayya Vailkunder. This is controlled by Swamithoppe in Nagarcoil. There are no idols or priests. . The only things present are a saffron cloth spread over a chair with a rudraksha chain placed over it. A mirror is hung on the wall behind the chair. These objects serve as the symbol of the almighty. This Nizhal Thangal in Chennai serve as community center, with facilities to cook for large crowds of people and also serve as schools for the community.
Bharatnatyam is one of the most popular forms of classical Indian dance. Its exact time of origin is not known, but it has undergone several noticeable transformations in its several hundred-year history. Bharatnatyam is so full of poise and grace, that when you see it in real life, it seems as beautiful as poetry in motion.
By tracing its origins in the Natya Shastra, written by the great sage, Bharata, it comes to be known that it is a highly traditional and stylized dance form. Earlier known as Dasi Attam and Sadir, it was only practiced by Devadasis of the South Indian temples. For a long time, it was not considered a reputed profession, until Rukmini Devi worked towards it and brought it to be one of the most sought after dance forms in the world of performing arts.
In Chennai, The Birla Planetarium used to cast a spell in the minds of its viewers for its hi-tech presentation and savvy formatting. It is established at Kotturpuram, almost sandwiched two important locales of Guindy and Adyar. Adjacent to the planetarium, there is a Periyar Science and Technology Museum, a hub of activities for all the science scholars and researchers. This planetarium also organizes shows demonstrating all the advancements in the fields of science and technology.
It has been constructed in the memory of B.M Birla. Multitudes of schools have made it a point to send their students to take a glance of this planetarium. Some of them have bestowed upon them, various projects on Birla Planetarium, thus creating special interests in the young generations and also general public in a similar way.
Being the most modern planetarium of the Indian subcontinent, the techniques that are applied are fully computerized. There is a special projector applied to bring to life various wonders of whole of universe like planets, meteors, comets, telescopes, eclipses, images are being created on a semi-circular auditorium. It is for sure that every visitor is being transmitted to a completely new arena, the moment one gets engrossed in watching a huge dome of an open murky sky, full of bright stars blinking now and then. The brilliant sound effects put extra inputs in bringing a feeling of traveling through the Space.
Breezy Beach is located in the quiet neighbourhood of Valmiki Nagar in Chennai. It is smaller and less popular than the Elliots beach. This beach is not as commercialized as the Elliots beach, and is hence more quiet and peaceful. Evenings are very pleasant and breezy here, Lots of tourists are attracted towrds this beach. This beach is less polluted and environment friendly. Those who look for a calm, cool and breezy place to relax, this beach is the best place in Chennai.
Chennai is one of the important trade centers of south India and is a good place to shop for a large variety of things. One of the famous shopping places is Burma Bazar, where one can find all sorts of imported goods ranging from electronic gadgets to readymade and perfumes.
Trading in almost all kinds of goods from plastic goods to textiles and stationery, and from ready-made garments to household items can be had here for reasonable prices. There are many new shopping complexes that offer a large range of shopping to be done under a single roof, have come all over the Burma Bazar. This is shoppers' paradise.
CSI Church House of Prayer is located in Adayar in Chennai, one of the churches controlled by Church of South India, Diocese of Madras The entire church campus is filled with prayer and it is a ?House of Prayer' to all people. The church is kept open from 6am to 6 pm to enable people seeking a comfort and silence could come and surrender them to God in a place so filled with prayer.
The Congregation worshipping at the Cathedral is a vibrant community of believers from all over India and there are some from different parts of the world as well. Anyone visiting the Cathedral will be spellbound by its grandeur and spirituality.
CSI Wesley Church, located in Royapettah, Egmore in Chennai and established by the Methodists in 1905, is now part of the Church of South India, Madras Diocese. In this Church there is an emphasis not only on corporate worship in the Methodist tradition at the regular Sunday services at 8.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. but also in building Christian fellowship during the week through well organized activities like the Men's Fellowship, the Women's Fellowship, the Youth Fellowship, the Prayer Fellowship, Area Fellowships and the Choir. This is a place worth visiting for Christians.
About 22 acres (8.9 ha) of the Guindy National Park has been carved out into a park known as the Children's Park and play area at the northeast corner of the national park with a collection of animals and birds. The Children's Park gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority in 1995.
Animals in the Children's Park include black buck, sambar, spotted deer, porcupine, hyena, jackal, python, grey pelican, night heron, cormorant, cockatiel, parrot, mongoose, common peafowl, crocodile, common otter, rhesus monkey, bonnet monkey and common langur. The Children's Park also exhibits a fossilised tree specimen which is estimated to be about 20 million years old.
St Thomas, the Apostle of India visited and settled down in what is now Chennai around 70 AD. He is said to have carved a stone cross with his own fingernail. This cross was alleged to bleed, for close to 100 years. The mountain and cave, which is called as home, was discovered by the Portuguese who built the Church of "Our Lady of Expectations" in Chennai. Believers thronging to this place believe that this sacred church does miracles to those who offer prayers.
Connemara Public Library at Chennai is one of the four National Depository libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India. Established in 1890 the library is a repository of centuries-old publications, wherein lie some of the most respected works and collections in the country. It also serves as a depository library for the UN.
The new building, which was added to the Library in 1973, has a vast collection of books, a much sought after text-book section, a periodicals hall, a reference room, a video room, an entire floor for books from the Indian languages, a Braille Library and an IAS study centre. Efforts are on to fully computerise the library database, which could ensure easy access to books.The connemara library receives a copy of all books published throughout India.
Covelong (Kovalam) is a fishing village in India, 40 kilometres south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road en route to Mahabalipuram. Covelong was a port town developed by the Nawab of Carnatic, Saadat Ali. It was taken over by the French in 1746, and destroyed by the British in 1752.
Covelong beach is one of the few places in the East Coast where wind surfing takes place. The Dutch built a fort in Covelong during the colonial times, which today has been made the Taj Fisherman's Cove, a private luxury beach resort.
Located in the heart of Chennai city, DakshinaChitra , or "a picture of the south", as it is meant in English, is a hub of living art traditions , conventional performing arts, crafts and architectural works of the country with due emphasis on South Indian customs and practices. For public viewing, DakshinaChitra was inaugurated as a part of a project undertaken by a non-profit organization, namely Madras Craft Foundation (MCF) in the year 1996. DakshinaChitra is located at the place of Muttukadu, almost twenty five kilometers south of Chennai, lying on the `East Coast Road` to Mamallapuram.
The building of DakshinaChitra rightly throws light on its rich cultural embellishments. There are seventeen `heritage houses`; a few strides ahead can easily lead one to innovative `streetscapes`. A lot more `contextual` expositions are organized which provide ample scopes for interaction with the traditional folk artists and also get to see their heart rendering performances in a suitable locale. A special Archives and Library has been established to supplement and assist research oriented programs by the DakshinaChitra, focusing on South Indian arts and crafts. The hub also has a spectacular archiving sector comprising of cataloged photographs, CD, videos and also hi tech editing conveniences.DakshinaChitra also has set up a Museum with its huge collection of the artworks and materials of day to life of the people of South India.
Dash N Splash is a water park located in Chennai, India. It is located on Bangalore-Chennai highway 30 kilometers (19 mi) from Chennai. It is located on 21 acres (8.5 ha) on the banks of the Telugu Ganga project canal in Melvarkuppam village.
The park is beautifully landscaped and has ample shaded seating area. It is a huge hit amongst the kids, because of different exciting rides, and is a great place for a picnic. The facilities offered at the park include a well-equipped pure vegetarian cafeteria, separate change rooms with deposit lockers, souvenir shops, toiletries, eatables, etc.
Dolphin City is situated at a distance of 46 km from Chennai. The park offers a host of unique activities, such as the American Sea Lion performance, which is the first of its kind in the country. Other activities include under water view, open air theatre, boating, slides, swimming, etc. There is even a multi cuisine restaurant here, which caters to a variety of tastes. A complex, housing shops, is also available, where small items can be bought.
The Elliot's Beach is built at Besant Nagar, which is just sixty kms away from the city of Chennai. The Elliot's Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Thousands of people used to visit there seeking respite from the busy urban life of Chennai city. Elliot`s Beach is situated to the south of the Marina beach where any one can spend hours enjoying the sandy beaches and also taking bath under the sunny shades.
Elliot's Beach is widely popular as `Bessie`. It is ideal for swimming, hanging around and resting. It is also an ideal picnic spot. There is also a stone memorial of a Danish sailor, namely, Karl Schmidt, who sacrificed his life in order to rescue a drowned person. It is also a key attraction for the tourists.
Fort Museum, established in 1948, is situated within the ramparts of the Fort St George in Chennai. It is under the management of Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The Museum showcases collections of archeologically valued materials. The Fort Museum has a fascinating collection of memorabilia from the British and French East India companies as well as the Raj and Muslim period.
The museum showcases arms, uniforms, medals, porcelains, coins, manuscripts, paintings, prints and textiles of East India Company, Indo French and Odeyars of Mysore. A statue (about 14? ft-tall) of Lord Cornwallis can be seen in front of the museum.
Fort St George is an important and marvelous landmark in Chennai. In Tamil Nadu political leaders aim to reach this Fort, as the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly are housed here. This beautiful edifice is situated on the eastern side of the city, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The British East India Company, under the direct supervision of Andrew Cogon, built it in 1640 AD. This place achieved its name from Saint George, the patron saint of England.
The fort houses Saint Mary's Church and fort museum. Saint Mary's Church the oldest Anglican Church built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The 46 m high flagstaff at the front is a mast salvaged from the 17th century shipwreck. Fort St George is regarded as the birthplace of the modern Indian army. It houses a number of non-military structures within its precincts. Thick massive walls and moats surround the fort. Fort St George houses several interesting monuments, which include st. Mary's Church (the oldest Anglican Church built in 1680), Fort Museum and the tombstones in the courtyard.
Freemasons Hall is situated in the Egmore area of Chennai. It is the living example of the cultural and traditional heritage of the people who inhabited the ancient city of Madras. The construction of this building was completed in the year 1923. Freemasons Hall was constructed by the East India Company, during the colonial rule. The purpose behind constructing such a building was to create military lodges, secured by the foreign powers. Freemasons Hall is one of the finest buildings of Tamil Nadu.
The location of the structure is such that it can be easily reached from any corner of the city. Freemasons Hall is a double storey mansion and can accommodate around 200 people at a time. It has been designed with the help of Greek style of engineering. This is clearly visible from the mammoth pillars and the use of Italian tiles and marbles, which adorn the interiors of the Hall. The small Lodge room on the first floor is capable of accommodating 60 people at a time and is meant for holding Masonic meetings.
There is a Dinning Hall on the first floor which is approached by a winding staircase. This staircase is made up of Sholingar stones, with wrought iron and grill. The verandas are adorned with Italian tiles. The two lodge rooms are illuminated and ventilated with the help of huge windows, nearly 12 feet above the floor. The walls are decorated with Masonic emblems, which are formed by plaster and glided. Consequently, the Freemasons Hall is constructed keeping in mind all the modern day requirements and Indian climatic conditions.
Government Museum (Chennai Museum), established in 1851, is located in Egmore, Chennai, South India. The Museum complex consisting of six buildings and 46 galleries covers an area of around 16.25 acres (66,000 m?) of land. The objects displayed in the museum cover a variety of artifacts and objects covering diverse fields including archeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings.
Gudiyam caves are abode of wild animals and birds, which have found them ideal to take shelter. It is regarded as `hominid habitation` of the pre- historic times. There are approximately sixteen rock shelters, forming sheds of lush green trees.
Guindy National Park is a 2.82 km2 (1.09 sq mi) Protected area of Tamil Nadu, located in Chennai, South India, is the 8th smallest National Park of India and one of the very few national parks situated inside a city. The park is an extension of the grounds surrounding Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamilnadu, India.
Black buck, chital, jackal, pangolin, elephant, spotted dear, jungle cat, toddy cat and Indian civet are the major wildlife found. The park also shelters varieties of birds such as black winged kite, honey buzzard and pariah kite. A snake park housed within this park supports various snakes, crocodiles and turtles. This is a place where a lots of tourists are getting are attracted.
Guindy Snake Park, formerly the location of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, is next to the Guindy National Park. The Snake Park in Chennai gained statutory recognition as a medium zoo from the Central Zoo Authority in 1995. There one can see King Cobra, pythons, vipers and other reptiles.
ISKCON Temple is located in the Injambakkam region in Thyagaray Nagar of Chennai. The temple is one of the many popular worshipping places established by the ISKCON society in the region of India. It is a blend of tradition and modernity to give the artistic style as well as the best of latest scientific technology. The ISKCON Temple at Chennai like other ISKCON centres is the axis point from where the teachings of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya are spread.
The deities worshipped in the temple include those of Rukmini and Krishna. The image of deity Satyabhama, one of the eight wives of Krishna, is also housed in the temple premises. Other deities worshipped in the temple include Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra and Gaura-Nitai. ISKCON Chennai also promotes and protects traditional art and craft of South India.
First Jain temple in South India is in Chennai, this temple is known as Shree Gujarati Swetamber Jain Mandir. Lord Parshwanatha, the 23rd Teerthankar is the presiding deity of this renowned shrine. The three gopurams and five doors of the Mandir have marble carvings based on the architectural principles of the famous Dilwara temples. Only marble has been used in the construction, and the architects, carvers and workers were brought in from Rajasthan.
The idol is made of Quartz selected from the Chellur mines in Karnataka. The stone was considered special due to its green color, which, according to Jain scriptures, is the colour of God. Jain acharyas walk all the way to the Gujarati shwetambar Mandir from North India and stay here for 'Chatur Masa'. This is a must place to visit for all those visiting Chennai.
This well visited temple is located in the bustling commercial area of George Town - in Thambu Chetty Street, (near Parrys Corner) in North Chennai. It is over 400 years old and is said to have been visited by the Maratha King Shivaji. The Universal Mother is worshipped as Kalikaambaal - Kamakshi here. The annual temple festival involving an ornate chariot decorated with metal cymbals/cups is a unique feature of this temple. The festival attracts lot of tourists as well as local people.
This is a very famous temple is situated at Saidapet, a residential suburb city of Chennai. This temple is located next to the railway station. This temple has a 7-storied Gopuram with two prakarams. The main deity is Lord Karaneeswara and Goddess Swarnaambikai. This temple has a beautiful tank and is a main attarction apart from the tall gopuram. Annual ten day Brahmotsavam takes place in the Tamil month of Chithirai 1. Lots and lots of devotees throng to this temple during this festival. This is a worth religious place to visit.
Kalashetra is located in the heartland of Chennai and is the premier institute of Indian classical dance, music and the fine arts. The danseuse Rukmini Devi established it in the year 1936. During the time of its inception, it was called The International Center for the Arts, set up keeping in mind the noble objective of reviving the unique dance form, known as Bharat Natyam. Later it was renamed as Kalakshetra, which means the "Temple of Arts".
The Kalakshetra Foundation consists of several units. These are namely Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Besant Cultural Centre Hostel, Craft Education and Research Centre, Besant Arundale Senior Secondary School, Besant Theosophical High School. Many famous artists of Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Carnatic music also took part in building up the institution and maintain the chief traditions in learning and training the pupils. At the end of each year, a spectacular festival occurs at the end of every year and also a beautiful auditorium has been established, following the design of Koottambulam, the conventional theatre of Keral temples. Other dance drama forms that have originated from Kalsshetra include Swayamvaram, Rama Vangamanan, Kumara Sambhavam etc.
This is a Hindu religious attraction in Tamilnadu. Kaligambal Temple is located in Kanchipuram, near Chennai. The presiding deity is Kaligambal. There is also an idol of Lord Shiva in the temple courtyard. The divine tree (pipal) is to the right of the mandapa and the idol of a divine serpent is seen under this tree.
Kamaraj Memorial House is built in the memory of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Kamaraj. He was an ideal for all the Indians, as he rose out of poverty and became the Chief Minster thrice. The Memorial House was inaugurated in 1978. The memorial is spread on the two floors of the building. It showcases the personal photographs and effects of Shri Kamaraj, which provide an insight into his life. The ground floor has a bedroom which was once the personal den of this venerated bachelor. The room is adorned with plain furniture that symbolizes the plain and simple life Shri Kamaraj led. There is also a well stocked library in the house.
The walls of the dinning hall are covered with black and white photographs of Kamaraj's life. The photographs provide a quick look at his childhood, youth upto his late life years. Some of the most intriguing pictures are thaose of his 1954 swearing-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The second floor of the House also displays a number of his belongings, like luxuriant Felicitation Shawls, his simple attire, his suitcases, timepiece, pens and utensils. One of the prized possessions of this exhibition is the prison coat, worn by him while serving term in prison in the year 1942. The displayed personal effects of Kamaraj include his spectacles, a spool tape player and even a Gillette shaving set. Apart from this, there are also pictures showing the leader in different moods.
The Kandaswamy temple is situated in Cheyyur. The origin of the village of Cheyyur where Kandaswamy temple is situated has an ancestral story. The village was built during the reign of Veera Rajendra Chola and Kulothungan-III. With the settlement of the village Cheyyur they built three temples among which the kandaswamy temple is the one. The other two temples are dedicated to Vanmikhanathar i.e. Lord Siva, and the other one to Perumal or (Kariya Manicka Perumal).
The Kandaswamy temple is in between the Shiva and Vishnu temples. Lord Kandaswamy or Shiva is the principal shrine of this temple. This Kandaswamy temple of Chennai is notable for the outsiders to visit because of the different figures standing in distinct postures. This temple has not only the depictions of deities, which is general feature in the temples.
Kapaleashwarar Temple is an abode of Shiva, located in Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Pallava Nayanamars built this temple around the 7th century CE. Nayanmars sing hymns in this temple. According to the Puranas, Shakthi worshipped Shiva, in the form of the peacock, which is why the name Mylai was given to the area that developed around the temple, as 'Mayil' means Peacock in Tamil.
The presiding God of this temple is a form of Shiva called Kapaleashwarar. The form of Shiva's wife Parvati at this temple is called Karpagambal (from the Tamil for "goddess of the wish-yielding tree"). The architecture is a supreme example of ancient Dravidian style, with typical side entrances, gopurams, courts and a tank built around the central shrine. The 37 m tall gopuram (pillar) is carved with stucco gods, goddesses, and saints. The bronze statues of 63 Shaivite saints adorn the temple courtyard. The courtyard also has a Punnai tree, one of the oldest trees in Chennai.
The tree has a small shrine that depicts the legend that gave Mylapore its name. The tank, once full of water, was best seen during the Theppam or float festival every January when lighted lamps would be set afloat on the waters. Arupathimoovar Festival is being celebrated in order to honour the Saivaite Devotees namely Nayanmars who are 63 in numbers. The procession is celebrated by taking Nayanmars in a "Pallaq" which is highly decorated with ornaments and flowers, facing Lord Shiva and Parvati and proceeding further.
Kishkinta is a theme water park and is an ideal destination for family and group entertainment. It includes the amusements, attractions, water games and rides. Located 28 Km south of Chennai near Tambaram and spread over 110 acres, the park offers exciting rides and attractions.
It is situated at about 46 m from Chennai. It mainly caters to children and has many rides to lure them, like Giant-Piano, Toy Train, Rainbow Fountain, Slide-into-Pool, Cartoon Show and Paddle Pool.
Church of ?Our Lady of Light', popularly known as Luz Church, is located in a tiny corner of Mylapore, in Chennai. The church, built by Franciscan missionaries from Portugal in honor of Mother Mary in 1516, is commonly known as ?Kaatu Kovil' (Church located in a forest) amongst the local people. It is the first church built in honor of 'Our Lady of Light' and is believed to be the oldest church in Chennai.
The church, over the years had withstood the vagaries of time and human misadventures: it was damaged when Golconda forces occupied it in the 17th century; later Hyder Ali occupied it in the late 18th century. The East India Company also occupied Luz church for some time. The Luz Church is noteworthy for its old European ecclesiastical architecture. The arches in Gothic style and well-designed classical lines in European style, add to its beauty.
MGM Dizzee World is an amusement park located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in East Coast Road. It is one of the most visited theme parks in the city. The park has log flume, giant wheel, spider spin, roller coaster, the funny mountain, dashing cars, super trooper, a water world and it also hosts special seasonal shows. It has interesting water rides like Karnakasi Ranger, Water Sports, Dashing Boat, Arrow Loop Roller Coaster and 110 feet Dizee Shake. Children love this place.
It is owned by MGM Group of Companies. The park also hosts special features such as snow valley experience introduced during the early 2000s; an artificial snow shower with snow capped mountain and a snow man.
The Government of Tamil Nadu manages the MGR Film City, established in 1994 in memory of MG Ramachandran, popular film actor and longtime Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Covering 70 acres at Taramani in Chennai, the MGR Film City was a popular tourist spot and the setting of several South Indian films.
The film city has a film school, indoor and outdoor shooting locations, replicas of village and urban areas, temple, church, mosque, post office, police station, prison, courtroom, and landscaped gardens in Italian, Japanese and Mughal styles. The recently opened MGR Knowledge Park adds to the attraction.
MGR Memorial is a yet another memorial in Chennai. It is dedicated to the former actor cum politician of Tamil Nadu, MGR Ramachandran. The monument is situated at T. Nagar and is easily accessible from all parts of the city. MGR Memorial was inaugurated by Mrs. Janaki MGR in 1990. It was the official residence of the politician for more than two decades. The exhibits in the room includes swords, spears, heavy wooden clubs, his plate, tumbler, telephone instrument, his shirts, the medals won by him, television, the books read by him, camera, trolley and the cloth bandage that was tied on him when he was shot.
Apart from this, the room also holds memoirs like photographs taken from MGR's films, letters received by him, Dr.MGR's MLA identification card, his famous cap and dark glasses, pen, the 'Bharath Ratna' medal and the doctorate degree certificate. Taking into consideration the gallery of the films and the photos displayed, it is simply a treat for MGR's fan. The most astonishing feature of the memorial is that it does not have a single sponsor.
According to MGR's will, the memorial is maintained by the revenue generated from the market he owned at Alandur. From the day of its inception, thousands of his fan and visitors have thronged the place to experience the splendor of the beloved actor-cum-politician and remember him with affection. The entrance of MGR Memorial has been marked with a bronze statue of Ramachandran. The memorial is maintained by the MGR Memorial Charitable Trust and has free entry for all.
This is a recently built, a pleasant white structure striking the eyes, is located on the left at the Taramani turn-off in Adyar. This temple has many specialities. This is the only temple in Tamil Nadu constructed in accordance with the cult of Ganapatyam, one of the five cults mentioned by Adi Shankara. The main deity here is Venkata Ananda Vinayakar, is encircled by temples of Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Surya and Goddesss Devi.
On Vinayaka Chaturthi day, the rays of the sun fall on the presiding deity, striking an auspicious note. Visitors cannot miss the eight bells, representing the seven notes Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Da, Ni, Sa. The temple has become well-known for its exceptional idol of "Adhyantha Prabhu", which is duet of Ganapathy and Anjaneya. The right side is Ganesh and the left Hanuman. People of all castes visit this temple and offer prayers.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located 40 km south of the city of Chennai, in state of Tamil Nadu, India. For those who want to spend a day out in the lapse of wild flora and fauna, Crocodile Bank is the best place to visit. It is managed by The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, established in the year 1976. Being located almost forty kilometers south of the Chennai city, it has an area of 3.2 hectares in the eastern coastal region. The exotic Bay of Bengal, in the background, adds to the beauty of Crocodile Bank.
One of the important reasons that led to the germination of such a wonderful place was mainly to conserve and study three rare crocodile species of India. These are namely the Crocodylus porosus (saltwater crocodile); Crocodylus paluster, (the mugger); Gavialis gangeticus(the gharial). It houses quite a handful of wild animals, which grew in numbers as days passed on. In the beginning there were thirty adult muggers. Afterwards the number increased to more than five thousand. Presently, the Crocodile Bank preserves more than twenty four thousand crocodiles belonging to fourteen individual categories. Siamese crocodile Nile crocodile etc are worth to note.
There are five species of snakes, namely, the Ophiophagus hannah, King Cobra, water monitor lizards, Varanus salvator salvator, two species of pythons and albino cobras found in the nook of the bank. To attract tourists within the fringes of the Crocodile bank, several school and college pupils, local and foreign tourists are being invited.
Madras Music Academy, or simply Music Academy, is one of the premier and early Music Academies in the South Indian city of Madras, now Chennai. It plays an important role in encouraging and promoting primarily the Carnatic Music south Indian art form.
There are two buildings for the Music Academy: The T.T. Krishnamachari Hall, The Kasturi Srinivasan Hall
The T.T. Krishnamachari Hall is the first building that was built in 1955. It is after this building that the road on which it lies was named the TTK Road. It has a seating capacity of 1600.
The Kasturi Srinivasan Hall was built in the year 1982. It houses a small auditorium for conferences and concerts, a library, a committee room and a recording and demonstration room.
Madras Music Season is an event hosted every December-January in the present-day south Indian metropol of Chennai. Spanning some six weeks, a number of large and small kutcheris (Carnatic music concerts) are performed by highly competent musicians.
The traditional role of the Music Season is to allow aficionados of Carnatic music to appreciate performances by renowned artists, and to allow promising young artists to display their talent and skill. Audiences and artists come from across India and from the international Indian diaspora to be part of the event.
Mahabalipuram city is also known as Mamallapuram and is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. Situated at a distance of 60 km from Chennai, the rock cut temples and caves situated here are the finest in the world and originated between 7th and 9th century. The main attraction of Mamallapuram is the Shore Temple, which is renowned for its intricate carvings and skilled craftsmanship, the world over. The temple is located on the shore facing the sea. The most striking feature of this temple is that it is dedicated to both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
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Marina Beach is a beach in the city of Chennai (Madras), India, along the Bay of Bengal, part of the Indian Ocean. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north tNao gar in the south, a distance of 13 km. It is the pride of Chennai and the second longest beach in the world. Marina beach is a major tourist attraction. People visiting Chennai make a point to visit the beach. The beach is popular for its shops and food stalls. The memorials and statues, morning walk, joggers' track, lovers' spot, aquarium, etc., make it a hangout for people of all ages. The sea is rough and waves are strong.
One can see statues of heroes from Tamil culture to Samadhi of great leaders like Anna and MGR here. Walk along the Marina in the evening to cool off and eat crispy sundal and murukku. An aquarium is also located on the Marina Beach. Watching sunset and sunrise from the beach is a fascinating experience.
The temple covers an area of acre. The presiding deity faces the west. Two five tiered towers or Raja Gopurams are over the Eastern and the Western entrances to the temple. The main temple consists of two separate chambers, the Thyagaraja Mandapam and the Marundeeswarar Mandapam. Marundeeswarar or the Divine Physician Shiva is the presiding deity here. Tiruvanmyur is said to abound in medicinal herbs. This deity was worshipped by Valmiki. This shrine also enshrines Tyagarajar as in Tiruvotriyur.
6 massive pillars are covered with elegant carvings and adorn the Thyagaraja Mandapam, which houses the Somaskanda Swaroopam of Shiva. Tripurasundari the consort of the presiding deity is housed in a separate mandapam. Many images adorn the pillars, while stucco figures grace the gopurams. The annual Bhramotsavam Festival is celebrated in March - April. Other interesting facts: There is a Vanni tree - sacred tree here. Five sacred tanks - Janmanasini, Kamanasini, Papanasini, Gnanadhayini and Mokshadhayini. Gnanadhyayini existed here. Kamanasini and Mokshadhayini are wells.
Mundakaneeyaman Temple, or Mundagakkanni Amman Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Mylapore, in Chennai. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Renuka Parameswari and the deity is known by the name Mundagakkanni Amman. The temple, believed to be 1,300 years old, has a three tiered Rajagopuram. The Garbh Griha has no permanent covering on the top; the idol is kept open to the elements of nature because she is believed to cure all maladies caused by climatic changes. Lot of tourists are getting attracted towards this temple.
Madras museum theatre, located at Egmore the busy place in Chennai, opened in 1896. Constructed by British in Indo-Saracen style, during the end of 19th century, the museum theatre is one of the grand structures. It is housed within the museum complex together with other distinguished structures like Old Public Library and the famous National Art Gallery. It is surrounded by the cannons captured or used by the British during the wars.
This theatre has staged thousands of plays so far. It has watched stories come to life for more than a century. It has serviced the strong-minded theatre scene in Madras by the way of hosting plenty of actors, from simple persons with mere ambition to those with superb talents, from performers with a point to prove to clowns just for joke. Centuries of performances and Chennai's Museum Theatre still seems wonderful. It has grown old stylishly, with pleasant wrinkles making them contented with its facade as its walls lightly a relief of sigh. It is worth place to visit and view some brilliant stage performance.
Muttukadu is situated at a distance of 36 km from Chennai. The backwaters at Muttukadu are one of the favorite spots for the visitors, as they offer a host of water spots facilities. You can enjoy boating and wind surfing here. It is an attempt by the Tamil Nadu government to lure people towards the Gateway of South, which was formerly known as Madras. Muttukadu Boat House even conducts competitions and training camps for passionate water spot lovers.
Parry's Corner is one of the central business districts in Chennai, India. Often referred to as Parry's, it is situated near the Chennai Port. It is named after Thomas Parry, a Welsh merchant who set up the EID Parry Company in 1787. The corporate headquarters of the EID Parry Company stand on the corner. The place is an important center for commercial banking and trading, and also a major hub for the intracity bus service. It is one of the most congested areas in the city.
Sri Parthasarathy Temple is located at Triplicane, near the famous Marina beach in Chennai. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, it was built by the Pallavas in the 8th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna (Parthasarathy), houses images of the five incarnations of Vishnu.
It also has a small shrine dedicated to Vedavalli Ammai, Vishnu's consort. Parthasarathy in the sanctum sanctorum is in a standing posture facing east, holding in his right hand the divine conch called the Panchajanyam. His lefthand is in Dana Mudra indicating his divine feet.
The Periaapaalayath Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Periyapalayathamma, an incarnation of Shakti (Supreme Mother Goddess), is an important religious and tourist place in Chennai. She is depicted in a fierce form but is considered loving and considerate like a mother. The temple comprises shrines of other gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga and many others. Navagrahas (the nine planets of the Solar System) are also worshipped here. Hanuman worship here is special and done in great grandeur. The festival of Shivarathri is celebrated with great zeal in this temple.
Pulicat is a small town situated at a distance of 60 km from Chennai. It houses a Dutch cemetery dating back to the 17th century. Owing to the number of monuments and lakes present here, a trip to Pulicat is interesting from travel and tourism point of view. The cemetery is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. The main attraction of the place is the Pulicat Lake. The lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal, by a strip of land which comprises of the Pulicat town. Owing to its proximity to the sea, it has turned into a salt water lagoon. It is the second largest lagoon of India and boasts of a rich biodiversity.
Therefore, the lagoon has been preserved as a Wildlife Sanctuary. A host of animals, such as the fish, aquatic and terrestrial birds, mammals and reptiles, find shelter here. It is the hub of migratory birds like Flamingos, which are the most frequent visitors, with about 15,000 of them visiting every year. Pelicans, Kingfishers, Herons, Painted Storks, Spoonbills and Ducks are some of the other birds that show up at Pulicat Lake every year. There is also a light house on the opposite side of the lake. Thus, Pulicat makes a good picnic spot for all.
This is an ancient impressive mosque situated in Adayar, a very vibrant and dynamic area in Chennai. This mosque attracts lot of religious devotees and many tourists. Minarets of this mosque have got its own significance among the devotees visiting this divine mosque.
This temple is built based on the teachings of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy, a leading saint in Hinduism, of Manthralaya in Andra Pradesh. The temple and "Mutt" complex are the main attractions for any visitors, but most people reach here are devotees rather that sightseers. If one goes in the special occasions on evenings, rathas, the chariots, mounting the deity being drawn all around the temple and the temple elephants paying courtesy to the deity, can be seen.
It is pretty a stunning sight. There are three chariots decorated, one plated in gold, the other plated in silver and the third in sandalwood. It is believed that Guru Raghavendra can do miracles for those who visit these temples.
Raj Bhavan(Government House) is the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. It is located in the capital city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. There are also two pieces of land near the Adyar River Bed and in Ikkadu Thangal respectively, totalling 8.63 acres (34,900 m2), belonging to Raj Bhavan. Here is located water pumping stations for supply to Raj Bhavan.
In and around Raj Bhavan, it has deer (spotted deer, black buck and albino), mongoose, jackals, many varieties of reptiles and a large number of birds like partridges, pheasants, parrots, quail, paradise fly-catcher, etc. Bird watchers have noticed migratory birds here.
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial is another must visit spot on your tour to Madras. It is located at a distance of about 40 km from the main city. The memorial is precisely situated at Sriperumbudur and is dedicated to the former Prime Minster of India, Raiiv Gandhi.
The memorials are dedicated to those soldiers who laid their lives for the welfare of the nation as well as those who died as martyrs, serving their nation. These war memorials have been built to pay homage to those great souls.
Ramakrishna Math is a religious monastic order, considered part of the Hindu reform movements. It was set up by Swami Vivekananda to follow the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. The Ramakrishna Math is headquartered at Belur Math (in West Bengal, India). The Ramakrishna Math was registered as a Trust in 1901. The management of the Math is vested in a Board of Trustees who are only monks. The Math with its branches is a distinct legal entity. It has well defined rules of procedure. It lays emphasis on religious practices and preaching of Dharma. It has 57 Branch centres in India and abroad.
This famous temple is located in Besant Nagar, a very posh suburb of Chennai. The cool rosy wind emulating from the close by beach provide a very calm and seclude atmosphere. The main deity is Ratnagirishwar, means God of Retnagiri (Lord Shiva). Growing flow of devotees is a main characteristic of this temple. The Maha Kumbabhishekam is the main attraction here. On Pradosham day large number of devotees throng to this temple.
Maha Sivarathri is another celebration which draws very big crowd throughout the day performing religious rituals. All important festivals are celebrated in a majestic manner following Vedic formalities and customs. The particular mark of these rituals in this temple is that every abhishekam and aradhanas is performed amidst Vedic chanting by a large number of people trained in Vedic chanting.
Ripon Building is the seat of the Chennai Corporation (Madras Corporation) in Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu. This is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a combination of three types of architectural styles - Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian.
The Ripon Building is white in colour and is located near the Central station in Chennai. Commissioned in 1913, it was built by Loganatha Mudaliar. Ripon building was named after Lord Ripon, Governor-General of British India. The building is rectangular and is 85 meters long and 32 metres wide. The first of its three floors offers about 2,800 square metres of space. Its central tower is 43 metres tall and has a clock 2.5 metres in diameter.
The walls were constructed with stock bricks, set and plastered with lime mortar. The roofs are supported with teak wood joists. The original flooring of the ground floor was Cuddapah Slate. This has now been replaced with marble. One of the main attractions of the building is the Westminster Quarter chiming clock. This was installed by Oakes and Co. in 1913. The clock has a mechanical key system, which is wound every day. There are a total of 4 bells, which were cast by Gillet and Johnston in 1913.
A museum dedicated to Rukmini Devi, the founder of the prestigious Kalakshetra, is locataed at t the Kalakshetra campus, Chennai. The museum houses a variety of praise worthy art objects gathered by Rukmini Devi from different parts of the world. It includes paintings, sculptures, art objects and the sarees worn by Rukmini Devi among some other valuable collections. Some of the these objects were presented to her by Yagneswara Shastri, elder brother of Rukmini Devi and a large set was gifted by he friend James H. Cousins, a renowned Irish poet. This is a nice place to visit for all those art loving people.
The Sai Baba temple is situated at Mylapore, following the preaching and bhajans of Bhagwan Shirdi Sai, in the heart of the city of Chennai. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shirdi Sai. Devotees throng the temple on Thursday, the special day for Sai Baba. The temple also has shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Ram, the two incarnations of Vishnu. This is a well-maintained modern religious center of Hindus.
San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic (Latin Rite) minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai (Madras), India. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, and rebuilt again with the status of a cathedral by the British in 1893. The British version still stands today. It was designed in Neo-Gothic style, favoured by British architects in the late 19th century.
Second Avenue means second sector of the specified township. Second Avenue of Anna Nagar has blown up to very famous with its shopping markets. Anna Nagar today is a self-sufficient township with its family entertainment centers, clubs, super markets, restaurants, theatre in addition to religious abodes and the beautiful parks. Anna Nagar is a second hub in Chennai.
The Second Avenue in Anna Nagar has converted itself into something similar to a high street. The national and multinational big companies that have put up shop in Second Avenue include Food World, Pizza Hut, Gautier, Crocodile, Hutch Shop and Damro Furniture. Second Avenue became a shopping paradise and all tourists prefer Second Avenue for their shopping in Chennai.
Senate House of Chennai is definitely a worth watching monument in Tamil Nadu. It is located at the campus of University of Madras, near the Marina Beach. It is truly an architectural marvel and was constructed under the supervision of one of the greatest architects of the 19th century, Robert Fellowes Chisholm. The foundation of this monument was laid in 1869 and was successfully completed by the year 1873. The Senate House was once the hallmark of the ancient city of Madras.
Its structure is a creative and harmonious blend of Indo-Saracenic style, with Byzantine architectural features. The central room of Senate Hall is huge in measurement and is supported with six mammoth stone pillars on each side. The building is surrounded by four spearing towers, flanked by exquisite domes, painted in different colors. This adds to the magnanimity and splendor of the monument. Apart from this, there is an entrance towards the north, which leads to the convocation hall.
The entrance towards the south is linked with rooms on the southern wing. Besides, there are two entrances on east and west side of the Senate House. The front side of these entrances was marked with elegant porticos. At the corner of these porticos, there is a small domed size structure which adds up to the beauty of the arrangement. The Senate House had a great utility once, as it housed some of the university departments as well as the offices of the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar.
The Shiva Vishnu temple is an important Hindu religious place in Chennai. Shaivaism and vaishnavism (two important paths of theology in practicing Hinduism) converge at the Shiva Vishnu Temple. The temple is unique in the sense that Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are worshipped under one roof. The temple houses the idol of a yoni lingam, symbolizes the images of male and female genitals. There are separate temples devoted to Lord Ram, Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesh. This is a sacred place to visit and place offerings.
Sri Santhana Srinivasa Perumal Temple is located at Mogappair, literally means blessed with a child, in Chennai. This name symbolizes the belief that the Lord of Sri Santhana Srinivasa Perumal shrine provides the childless couples the most wanted blessing of little babies. Due to this belief childless couples throng to this holy place and offer their prayers, and it is said that their wishes have come true after the visit of this shrine.
The Santhana Srinivasa Perumal Temple has been conducting many major religious festivals, one to note is Brahmotsavam. With the Brahmotsavam in full swing, the popular abode of Perumal wears a celebrity look with people thronging its boundaries, waiting to get a glimpse of the Lord and His Consort, decorated with precious jewels and full of colorful flowers, as they move out in the surroundings on a variety of vahanams to bless devotees.
Uttara Guruvayurappan temple is located in Nanganallur, once a thick forest populated by many ?tapasvis' and now a temple town, the abode of many Gods and Goddesses. An ardent devotee of Lord uruvayoorappan Tapsvi Bilwamangal had a ?divine vision' of the Lord who assured him that a temple would be built in Nanganallur.
This temple came to be called ?Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple' since it is north of the original temple in Kerala and have the main deity Sri Guruvayurappan. Pal payasam' is a special offering to the Lord. The temple is based on Kerala architecture and the kumbabishekam was conducted on April 17, 1975. The namaskara mandapam have the idol of saint ?Bilwamangal' in the front. This is a pious place to visit and offer the prayers to Lord Guruvayurappan.
Sri Sharada Peetam-Sringeri, one of the important Hindu Advaita Mathas, with head quarters at Sringeri, has many branches in India and abroad. One of the branches is at Kodambakkam in Chennai. This branch has a temple with main deity as Goddess Sharada. As a centre of Pilgrimage,Sri Sharada Peetam attracts many number of pilgrims every year. Pilgrims visiting here seek the blessings of Goddess Sharada, the divinity of Supreme Knowledge. It is a rich heritage place to visit.
The Church, also known as 'the Kirk,' was built in 1780 and branded as `the Queen of Scottish Churches in the East'. St Andrew's Church, which was constructed basically for the Scottish community in Chennai, is one of the supreme examples of Georgian architecture in India. There is an arching dome tinted with Lapis Lazuli and the sixteen fluted Corinthian columns add to the loveliness of the church.
A special aspect of the Kirk cathedral is its hidden foundation. Sanctified in 1821, it is presently under the Church of South India (CSI). Colonel James Caldwell and Major Thomas Fort de Havilland were the persons guided the whole construction for the benefits of Scottish Community in India. Some other attractive features are the black and white marble floor and the woodwork in this church.
St. George's Cathedral is a Christian cathedral in Chennai, India. St. George's occupies an important place in the history of Christianity in India, as the Church of South India was inaugurated here on September 27, 1947. The Cathedral was packed to capacity and the big pandal outside held over 2000 people. It marked the breaking down of ecclesiastical barriers between Christians of various traditions.
The architecture of St. George's Cathedral is remarkable for its tall spire, pillars, marble statues, mural tablets and memorials inside. The Cathedral is a piece of architectural grandeur resting on a tier of steps. The Governors of Fort St. George and their families worshipped here as also the Viceroys when they visited Madras. Originally built in 1815, this outstanding piece of architecture showcases a towering 45 m spire and ironic columns. Most notable feature of the Cathedral is the graveyard located nearby to it with its guide rail made up of war symbols such as bayonets and muskets.
St. Mary's Church located at Fort St George, is the oldest Anglican church East of Suez and also the oldest British building in India. The church is popularly known as the 'Westminster Abbey of the East'.
Built in 1680, it is one of the oldest buildings carrying the legacy of British Raj in India. The thick walls of the church, of nearly thickness 5 ft, are supposed to be explosion proof. One can see some price worthy ancient materials in this church. The church adorns a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's superb painting the Last Supper, a bible as old as 1660 AD, some silver plates and a pure silver plaque. The church is open daily from 9:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. Lots of tourists are attracted to this church.
St. Peters and St. Pauls Orthodox chapel is located in Koyambedu, a vibrant and dynamic market place in Chennai. This is one of the oldest and prominent churches in Chennai came into being in 1858. Located at the center of Purasawalkam, Vepery and Choolai areas, the church is located in a place that is renowned for the Karnataka War fought by Tipu Sultan against the British. It is a CSI (Church of South India) church, which holds regular worship services.
St. Thomas Garrison Church is a 175 year old Church located at the foothills of the St. Thomas Mount. Built by the British, it is a magnificent Church. In the year 1824, the Mount Church commonly and popularly known as GARRISON CHURCH was designed to seat 460 persons.
St. Thomas Mount, or Parangimalai or Bhringimalai, is a small hillock located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Located near the neighbourhood of Guindy and close to Chennai airport, St. Thomas Mount is associated with St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, who is believed to have been martyred here. The mount is commonly called in Tamil "Parangi Malai" or "Bhringi Malai'.
A shrine dedicated to "Our Lady of Expectation" (Mother Mary) was built in 1523 on top of the mount. It is believed that the altar of this shrine was built on the spot where Christians believe that St. Thomas died in AD 72. At the northern foot of the mount, is a gateway of four impressive arches surmounted by a cross bearing the inscribed date 1547.
St Thomas Mount Church, also known as St Thomas Orthodox cathedral built in 1523 by the Portuguese, is located near Chennai International Airport. It is situated on a mount or hillock where St Thomas, the missionary, was lost his life and thus the mount was named after him. In between the 14th and 15th centuries, the church fell to ruins and the Portuguese moved the remains of the saint to a new tomb and built a new church. But in 1893, the church was demolished again and a new cathedral was built in 1896. Again, in 1956, the cathedral was raised to the status of a basilica as a tribute to the martyred St Thomas. This is a tourist spot as well as a religious place.
Barathi Memorial Museum, located at Pondicherry Town, was the residence of the great Tamil poet-patriot Subramaniya Bharathi, who arrived Pondicherry in 1908. Subramania Bharati, who lived for a span of 1882 to 1921, was a well-known writer who introduced modernism and distinction in Tamil literature. He has written and has the credit of a number of patriotic and devotional songs. Most of his writings vividly dealt with contemporary social affairs. This Museum displays photographs of the poet, manuscripts, and letters written by him. The museum is open from 09:00-12:30 hrs and 14:00-17:45 hrs on all days except Mondays.
Tarsha Water Sports is an ideal place for water sports. It hosts a number of water sports event for the entertainment of the visitors. It provides sports activities that are unique in the whole region and has therefore, become quite popular amongst the natives as well as tourists. The main activities offered here are Water Skiing, Wake Boarding and Knee Boarding. These action-packed activities attract people from all over the state. Kayaking, Speed Boat Rides, Banana Boat Rides, Double Tube Rides and Para-sailing are some other means of amusement provided by the club.
The Welfare centers for handloom weavers instituted to promote, advance and facilitate the continuous growth of the handloom industry to compete in the global market are the so-called Weaver Centers. Weavers' Service center in Chennai is one of the first four Centers initially established throughout India in 1956. This center is the Headquarters of the Weavers Service Centers in South Zone. Organizational philosophy is "Friend for guidance and partner in progress through skills and technological up gradation and product development" and this center is the symbol and flagship of the victory of cooperation and sincerity.
Founded in 1875 by Madame Blavatsky and Col. Olott in USA, Theosophical Society is a worldwide organization whose primary objective is universal brotherhood for the benefit of humanity based on the realization of life, and all its diverse forms. Late in 1882, the society was moved to Adyar in Chennai. The society runs a library, which has a good collection of rare oriental manuscripts written on palm leaves and parchment and these manuscripts have lot of ancestral and archeological value. The library is a good place to have historical knowledge of culture and customs.
Thronged by millions of people daily, the world famous Shri Venkateshwara Temple is placed very high at Tirupati in Thirumalai. This is most celebrated abode of Lord Vishnu and located on the seventh peak of Venkata Hill known as Venkatachala of the Tirumala Hillocks and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. The designation, Venkateshwara, also called the Lord of the Seven Hills and also known as Venkatachala Pathi means Lord of the Venkata Hill, is obtained by the Lord's regime over Venkatachala. The Hindu mythological verses tells that in the Kali Yuga, one can attain moksha, only by worshipping Sri Venkateshwara.
The temple, with three 'Prakarams' or enclosures, contains the 'Dhvajastambha' or the banner pole and the images of Krishnadevaraya, Vijayanagara king and his companions, and also of Todarmal who was the minister of Akbar. The daily program starts at early morning 3 am with ?Suprabhatam', which means awakening the Lord and ends at midnight with the 'Ekanta Seva' (putting the Lord to sleep). Special Darshan for the Physically Disabled and the Aged are available, due to heavy rush token system is engaged here for Darshan. The most significant festival celebrated in the temple is the Brahmolsavam.
The temple is world-renowned and without any distinction devotes from all over the world visit here to get the blessings of Lord Venkatachalapathi.
Thousand Lights Mosque, a multi-domed mosque located near Anna flyover in Chennai built in 19th century in the ground donated by Nawab Wallajah and renovated in 1981, is a revered religious place for Muslim community. It is called 'thousand lights' because more than one thousand lamps are illuminated in the Assembly Hall of this mosque. It has two big minarets as big as 64 feet.
The mosque encloses a beautiful library, a burial ground and convenient guesthouses. This multi-domed mosque, with sayings from the Holy Koran painted on its walls, attracts many visitors and comes alive during the annual Moharram festival. This is a very important religious place for Muslims. Lots of tourists visit this Mosque to offer prayers as well as to see the amazing minarets and illumination.
The temples for these three sakthis are located near Chennai. It is considered auspicious to get darshan of all three sakthis one after the other on the same day, especially on a full moon day and if possible on a full moon day which falls on a Friday. The form of the Devi in all three temples are identical.
The Sakthi to be visited first, early in the morning is Thiruvudai Amman - Ichchaa Sakthi (the devi who will fulfill devotees wishes). Special prayers are to offered to this Devi by offering yellow saree and mangoes for neivaedhiyam. The Lord is Thirumanangeesar.
The Sakthi to be visited second, in the morning is Vadivudai Amman - Gnaana Sakthi (the devi who will bless us with Gananam - facing south). Amman Sannadhi is to the left of Lord Siva's sannadhi. Special prayers are to offered to this Devi by offering red saree and jack fruit for neivaedhiyam. The Lord is Thyaagaraaja Swaami.
The Sakthi to be visited third, in the evening is Kodiyidai Amman - Kriyaa Sakthi (the Devi who assists us in all our actions). Special prayers are to offered to this Devi by offering green saree and bananas for neivaedhiyam. The Lord is Maasilaamaneeswarar.
TIDEL Park is an Information Technology (IT) parks developed by TIDEL Park Ltd, and situated in the city of Chennai, India. The name "TIDEL" is a portmanteau of TIDCO and ELCOT. It is one of the largest IT parks in India. It was set up on July 4, 2000, to foster the growth of Information Technology in the state of Tamil Nadu by the TIDEL Park Ltd., a joint venture of TIDCO and ELCOT.
TIDEL Park has a built-up area of 1,280,000 sq ft (119,000 m2) with centralised air-conditioning and an independent power supply. The park provides state-of-the-art network connectivity with direct satellite uplink.
This is an ancient temple that dates back to the Pallava period. There are inscriptions here from the 10th century. Chidambara Swamigal rebuilt this temple in the 17th century. He is said to have discovered the image of Skanda in an anthill, and rebuilt the temple and reinstalled the image.
This temple enshrines Skanda in different forms relating to the Skanda purana. The foremost is of Skanda as a warrior, Samhara Subramanyar. He is also enshrined in the form of a child. Skanda is seen here with his consorts Valli and Devasena in a sanctum that faces east. No abhishek is offered to these images. The 24-pillared hall and the 30-pillared circular hall are other structures in this temple. There is a shrine to Vembadi Vinayakar under a neem tree.
VGP Golden Beach is situated on the ECR road, not too far from the city. The VGP Golden beach resort is one of the most popular hangout places during holidays and weekends. The VGP Golden Beach Resort is a refreshing destination as it has a lot of greenery in the form of shady trees and plants. An ideal place for picnics and some fun.
VGP Golden Beach resort has a lot of fun filled activities in store. There are popular games for children and grown ups. Some of the special activities include go-kart, dashing car and water chute. There are other activities include super trooper, giant wheel, aero ship, jumping frog, merry go round, break dance, super jet, roller coast and many more. Children and grown ups enjoy alike. There are a lot of food outlets in the food court here. There is a very popular restaurant here called the Rain Forest here. The restaurant offers a multi cuisine.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga, worshipped as Lord of Tamil, by the people of Tamil Nadu. Although Lord Muruga in this temple has become very popular among the devotees, this temple is a full-fledged Siva temple with "Sanctum Sanctorums" for Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganesh, in addition to Lord Muruga. Another God who is more popular.
In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, et al. It has a spacious hall used for conducting marriages and religious discourses. It is one of the most-frequented Murugan shrines in the city of Chennai.
Valluvar Kottam is a modern landmark in Chennai, India which is dedicated to the classical Tamil poet, philosopher and saint Thiruvalluvar. Valluvar Kottam is located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road. Valluvar Kottam now stands at the point which was the deepest point of a lake which was located in the area. The monument was constructed in 1976 in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, who wrote his famous Thirukkural about 2,000 years before. All the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural which include 1330 verses are inscribed on bas-relief in the front hall corridors.
The construction of Valluvar Kottam is like a temple chariot, and it is a replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the Thiruvalluvar has been installed in the 39 metre high chariot. The auditorium of Valluvar Kottam can accommodate around 4,000 people. The architect of the memorial is South Indian traditional architect V. Ganapati Sthapati.
Varasiddhi Vinayakar Temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha known by the name Varasiddhi Vinayaka, is located at Besant Nagar in Chennai. Other deities worshipped here include Lord Muruga in the boy stature knwn as Balasubramanyan, Sri Sathyanarayana Perumal, Sri Surya Narayanar, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Gajakesari Lalithambikai and serpent god Nagaraja. It is supposed that the deity fulfills the needs of the devotees, who offer their worship here. This is one of the notable attractions in Chennai and is one of the revered religious places Chennai.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary has drawn the admiration of the tourists due to its treasure of wild flora and fauna. Infact , Vadanthangal is one of the most prominent ground for numerous aquatic birds. Cormorants, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Open billed Stork, Spoonbill and White Ibis, Little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts, and many others are quite note worthy. Vedanthangal is an abode not only to migratory birds but also to many bird watchers who visit there for several days in order to observe the birds in close proximity.
Victoria Memorial Hall is a historical building in Chennai. It also known as National Art Gallery, is located in the Pantheon complex, Egmore. It is a pink sandstone building that was built in Jaipuri-Jaina style. T. Namberumal Chetty built the gallery in 1907. It is one of the finest examples of British architectures in Chennai. It now houses the South Indian Athletic Association Club.
The gallery contains various traditions of Indian painting including the Rajput and Moghul schools. It has 11th and 12th century Indian handicrafts, 17th century Deccan paintings, 16th to 18th century Mughal and Rajasthani paintings and 10th and 13th century bronzes.
The Victory War Memorial is located to the south of Fort St. George. This memorial is also known as 'Cupid's Bow'. A circular rock and marble structure have been built here, in the memory of those who sacrificed and lost their lives for the country's honor, during World War I. It is situated on Beach Road of Chennai, near Island Grounds.
Visvaroopa Baktha Anjaneyaar Temple is located at Nanganallur, on the outer reaches of Chennai. The temple was consummated the Kumbabishekam in 1995 by Kanchi Paramacharyar and the main deity is a 32 foot idol of Lord Hanuman, or famed as Sri Anjaneyar, believed to have special power and is considered a healer. The main feature and attraction of this 32 feet idol is that it was molded out of a single rock.
Other deities worshipped here are Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna with his consorts Bhama and Rukmini, Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and also Lord Raghavendra. Devotees are attracted to this temple on two special days Ekadasi and Amavasi in a month on which days special Abhishekams are performed. It is believed that visiting this temple assures the blessing for better health for devotees.
The Vivekananda Museum of Chennai is a special attraction for the visitors from all over the world. It is also popularly known as the Illam. Vivekananda Museum is established on the sandy shores of the Marina Beach. Vivekananda House, also known as Ice House, is a shrine and target of pilgrimage for the admirers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900. Built way back in 1877 or much earlier, the two-story house is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture with its characteristic designs of sunburst and gabled roof. The bedroom where Vivekananda stayed, lived and slept is now a safe haven for meditation.
One can respectfully see the table at which he dined, placed downstairs near the fireplace. Devotees can stroll through the kitchen where he cooked his simple food, the parlor where he spoke and the garden where he frequently played with the children. These physical reminders of the life of Swami Vivekananda revive the great principles for which he stood all along his life.
Plentiful musical instruments, including both of modern and ancient times, are on exhibit at the lobby of Vivekananda Museum. There is an interesting story related to the museum. According to some sources, Swami Vivekananda gave comprehensive lectures in the erstwhile Ice House and encouraged many people who finally gave up `absolutism` and mentioned austerity in the rest of their lives. In fact, the name of the museum has been conferred after him.
This Mosque, also known as Big Mosque constructed by Muhammad Ali Walajah, Nawab of the Carnatic during 1749AD to 1795 A.D., is a historical landmark in Chennai. The building is a commanding structure of symmetry and an example of architectural splendor with an impressive facade. The Mosque is placed in widespread grounds, which are being used as a place for religious and cultural functions and activities.
The Meelad Committee in the Mosque celebrates the Prophet's birthday every year in these grounds. On Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramzan) and Bakrid Days, huge numbers of Muslim devotees throng to this religiously historic mosque to offer prayers. This is one of the most attractive shrines in Chennai and is one of the main Muslim pilgrimage sites in the south.
The first floor of the Fort St. George has the banquet hall, which holds the paintings of the Governor of the Fort and other high officials of the Regime. The cannons of Tipu Sultan decorate the ramparts of the museum. The 14.5 ft statue stands at the entrance near a stairway in the museum. This statue was created by Charles Bank in England and then brought to India.
he pedestal of the statue is carved with a scene depicting Tipu Sultan's emissary handing over Tipu's two sons as hostage in lieu of a ransom he was unable to pay to the British. It takes its name from Richard Wellesley, Governor General of India, and brother of the Duke of Wellington.
- Other Temples in the City : Mangadu Kamakshiamman Temple, Ayyappan Temple, Mathyakailash Temple, Thirukkalukundram Temple, Anjaneyaswami Temple, Devi Koynamai Temple etc.