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Interesting Stories of Chennai City

Posted by saravvananr on September 15, 2014
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The Interesting stories behind the names of areas of the awesome city we live in Chennai

INTERESTING STORIES IN CHENNAI

Madras – CHENNAI Stories

Avadi – Armoured Vehicles and Ammunition Depot of India
Adyar – Banks of Adaiyaaru
Ambattur – Aimbathi ondram oor (51st Region) in the list of 108 Shakti temples
Amjikarai aka Amaindhakarai – Bank of Cooum
Anna Nagar – After Annadurai and was developed during his reign by TNHB.
Ashok Nagar – After the famous Ashoka Pillar
Ayanavaram – Ayan means “The one”, accounting to a shiva temple situated in the area
Besant Nagar – After Annie Besant
Chetput – Named after a Chetty Zameen who ruled here
Chindadripet – Chinna Thari Pettai, due to the weavers population in the locality has evlolved its name into its present form.
Chromepet – After the old Chrome factory
Egmore – The land of the rising sun. (Anglicized from Ezhumboor) Higher Mean sea level than the other places in Old Madras. There is a Shiva temple here commemorating the same fact
Guindy – After the Guindy (Rammer) which Bringi Maharishi planted in this place to begin a great Yaha (Sacrifice) against Goddess Parvati
Kodambakkam – After Karkodagan, the mythical snake which worshipped Shiva, who has a temple here as well
Kothavalchavadi – Tax collectors are known as Kothaval. Chavadi is the tamil term for Kiosk/ Booth. This was the frontiers of the old city where taxes were levied.
Koyambedu – After the Ashwa medha yagam done by Lord Rama, his sons Luv and Kush tied the horse in Koyambedu. Koyam means horse in Sanskrit.
KK Nagar – After Kalaignar Karunanidhi and was developed during his reign
Mambalam – Maha Vilva Trees.
Mandhaveli – Mandhai means herd and Veli means space. Must have been herdland previously.
Mylapore – Mayil means peacock. The goddess Parvati is said to worshipped Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock here, to get absolved of a sin. So, Mayilapuram (puram meaning city) – became Mylapore
Nandhanam – Previously Gambier’s gardens, was renamed by Rajaji as a part of creating Greener Chennai. Nandhanam means Garden. And apparently thename of the Tamil year “Nandana” it was chistined.
Nanganallur – Nangai Nallur/ Thillai Ganga Nagar, coined by Kanchi Shankaracharya
Parrys – Named after a merchant Thomas Parrys who estabished it as a trade center.
Perambur – After Pirambu trees in the locality
Pondy Bazaar – After Soundarapandian.
Poonamalee – Poo Irundha Alli, abundance of Jasmine.
Porur – Por means war. Believed to be a battlefield since ancient times. Contans the Arcot road which connects the Arcot Nawab with the capital. Home to a chola temple, etc.
Purasaiwakkam – Due to the Purasai trees
Saidapet – Named after Sayyid Shah
Sowkarpet– after the Sahukars who settled there.
Sunguvar Chattram – Again, Sungam means tax. Chattram is a Inn/ Resting Spot. This is presumably the other end of the city to attract taxes.
Teynampet – Due to abundance of the Cocnut trees in the region
T.Nagar – After Sir Thyagaraya
Thiruvanmiyur – Named after Valmiki
Thirisoolam – Home to Thirisoolanathar temple on the hill.
Thondaiyarpet – Coined by Masthan Sahib after his birthplace Thondi.
Thousand Lights – Derives its name from the thousand lights that were lit when an Indian National Congress Annual Session was held for the first time in Madras
Triplicane – Thiru Alli Keni, Pond with the Alli flowers: Parthasarathy temple tank.
Vadapalani – Palani in the North, after the famous Murugan temple
Vandalur – Derives its name from Vandal, which is the sediments from a river.
Villivakkam – Real name – Vilvaaranyam. A very old Shiva temple is situated here. Built by sage Agasthiyar. A lot of Vilvam trees were found there. Hence it got the name Vilva Aaranyam. As days pass by the name got changed into Villivakkam.

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