Arulmigu Subramaniya Swami Temple, Tiruttani
51 kms from Chennai, on the way to Tirupati.
Tiruttani is one among the six abodes of Lord Muruga.
The temple is situated on a hillock and has 365 steps.
An important Thirtha called Kumara Thirtham is under
this hill and this place is also called as Saravana
Poigai. It is considered to be the second place of
importance by some, while others give it the first place
as Lord Subrahmanya resides in blissful repose here,
after his marriage with Valli.
The mission of Subrahmanya’s incarnation was
fulfilled when he vanquished the demon Soorapadman and
his hordes at Tiruchendur and the huntsman at Merpady in
Tondaimandalam. The happy reunion with Valli brought
peace to his mind. The agitated physical condition was
relaxed, peace and tranquility prevailed at his new
abode Tiruttani; that is why Tiruttani is known also as
Cheruttani (Cheru means anger, Tani means cooling down).
Tiruttani is also known by many other names. As it
has all the wealth which was plundered by the Asuras
from Heaven, it is called Purnagiri.
Siva learned Pranava Mantra here from Subrahmanya;
so it is called Pranavadananagaram. As Indra got boons
from Subrahmanya. At this sacred place, it is called
Indranagari. As Narada liked this place very much, it is
known as Naradapriyam. A Brahmin by name Aghoram got
salvation here; hence it is called Aghorakaivalyapradam.
As Lord Skanda has taken his abode in this place, it is
The important festivals are Adi Kirthigai Theppa
Thiruvizha is celebrated in mid of July and August amd
Shiva Rathiri, Shasti Thiruvizha.
Opening time of the temple is 5 a.m to 9 p.m. Ph :
Ambattur is an industrial centre and township which
is 16 km. to the west of Chennai city and situated in the
Chennai - Avadi Trunk Road. It has railway station, bearing
the same name on the Chennai - Arakkonam broadgauge line.
Frequent bus service, both town and mofussil, help the
people in transportation. There is also biggest small scale
industrial estate not only in Tiruvallur district but in the
whole of South Asia.
Avadi is situated at a distance of 24 km. on the road
leading to Tirupathi and to the west of Chennai. It is
served by a good network of buses which pass through,
originating from Chennai. It is also served by the Avadi
railway station situated on the Chennai-Arakkonam broad
gaugeline. It has got an Air Force Station in that area. The
headquarters of the Special Armed Police of the Tamil Nadu
Chembarambakkam is a Village, situated about 21 km. to
the west of Chennai and is five km. from the nearest town
Poonamallee. One could see plenty of buses passing through
this place enroute to the destinations like Kancheepuram,
Sriperumpudur, Vellore, Bangalore, etc. Pattabiram, the
nearest railway station is about 11 km. from here. An
ancient Siva Temple could be seen here in a dilapidated
condition. The village has big lake which derives supply
from anicut thrown across Coovum at Koratur through new
Bungaur channel. The water from this tank is not used for
irrigating this village but the Mangadu village down below.
Ennore constitutes the northern most area of Chennai
city. The region is spread out like a peninsular landmark
and is surrounded on three sides by the sea water. Ennore is
quite popular as it houses one of the major ports of the
Indian sub continent. The port at Ennore is the prime
attraction in the region and is the hub of activities in the
locality. The artificial port is the first public port of
India. The cargo handled at the port primarily consists of
thermal coal and P.O.L. products. The place features a
number of big manufacturing units. The Ennore Foundry is one
such institution. The establishment is responsible for the
production of cylinder blocks and heads which are required
in the automotive industries. One other big name in the
region is that of Ashok Leyland. The transnational
conglomerate is the prime manufacturer of commercial
vehicles and diesel engines. The EID Parry Fertilizer
Company, located near the railway station is also a reputed
manufacturer in the region. The Sivakami Nagar, Netaji Nagar
East and Netaji Nagar West, Gandhi Nagar and Nehru Nagar are
some popular residential areas in the locality.
Nemam: ‘Oneness Temple’
Nemam is 9 km away from Poonamallee, Chennai (On the
way to Thiruthani). In Nemam the powerful temple is
called as Vaitheeswara Amma Bhagawan. Here in Nemam
those who successfully complete maha deektsha course are
giving deektsha to devotees.
The Oneness Temple is a result of the noble vision
of Sri Amma and Bhagavan. This is a temple for all
religions. Totally embracing all belief, its mammoth
three floor marble structure now nearing completion will
be Asia’s largest hall without pillars where 8000 people
shall meditate together at a given time.
An extraordinary experience, unparalleled in human
history awaits mankind when 8000 people meditating shall
generate an energy never before realised on earth.
Influencing the morphogenic fields across the globe,
elevating man to enlightenment, an altered state of
consciousness - all with the immeasurable divine grace
of Sri Amma and Bhagavan is naturally an awesome wonder.
The Oneness Temple is a very unique temple. As we
walk through the various passages of the temple our
Chakras would start opening up starting with the
Mooladhara to Sahasrara. As we come near the dome of the
temple, our fontal lobes would be activated. When the
fontal lobes are activated, we would be able to see the
God we worship. If one is a Christian, he would see
Christ, a Hindu would see his Hindu God, a Muslim would
have his experience of God.
People from all faiths and religions from anywhere
in the world could come and pray to their God in their
own way. They would see their God. This is a temple for
the whole of humanity.
Further details contact : Oneness University,
Batthalavallam Village, Chilamatthur post,
Varadaiyapalayam Mandal, Chithoor Dist.
Gummidipoondi is a beautiful industrial town in
Thiruvallur district. Gummi-dipoondi lies on the National
Highway 5 from Chennai to Calcutta. This road is part of the
Golden Quadrilateral which is a project launched by the
Vajpayee Govt. Gummidipoondi prides itself on housing two
important factories, Dupont Fibers and Hitech Carbon ( A
Aditya Birla Group Company)also know as Birla Carbon.
Subsequently, DuPont Fibres has been taken over by SRF
Limited. SRF stands for Shriram Fibres Limited and is the
8th largest producer of nylon tyre cord fabric in the world.
Gudiyam Caves :
Located 70 km from Chennai. The claims of Gudiyam village
residents at the foothills of Allikuzhi ghats, near Poondi
in Tiruvallur district, that they live near a place once
inhabited by pre-historic hominids may sound exaggerated at
first. But a 3km trek through thick forest bushes makes one
realise that there is some truth in what they say. It is a
known fact that millions of years ago, man lived in jungles
and climbed up trees or sought shelter in caves.
Subsequently, he invented ‘spears’ made of sharp stones tied
to wooden sticks to ward off attack from wild animals and
sometimes to kill the beasts for food. The State Department
of Archaeology has set up a museum near the Sathyamoorthy
Sagar in Poondi exclusively for preserving the exhibits of
pre-historic artefacts collected in and around Poondi areas,
including the Allikuzhi ghat area.Route : Drive down the
Poonamallee Road -> then take the Tirutani Road -> head to
Thiruvallur -> turn off to Poondi reservoir. Poondi-Gudiyam
15 kms. Palayam -> Seettancheri -> Pennalurpettai ->Right
diversion(Gudiyam). Further details contact : Tamilnadu
Tourist Office, 044-2538333, 25384444.
It is the birth place of the great poet Sekkizhar. He
built the Nageswarar temple here. A Shiva temple, the
presiding deity being Tirunageswarar, an old Vishnu temple
with excellent sculptures of Rama and Hanuman and a hill
shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga are other temples in
Kunrathur. Ph : 24780436.
Mapped Singeeswarar :
There is one village called Mapped near Arakonam. A
good old temple of 16th century A.D. attracts every
traveller. It is told that Dalawai Ariyanatha Mudaliar the
minister of Krishna Deva Raya has done renovation work at
this temple. Sri Devi, Boodevi and Adhi Kesava Perumal are
the Chief deities found here. If we workship here we will be
relieved from arithritis. Very near to this temple tank
there is a memorial of Kagapujandar Siddha which dates back
to 5000 years; we can see a Siva temple there in a decaying
Position. Location : It is located on the high road to
Arakonam from Chennai Koyambed via Perambakkam.
One of the 18 Superior Saints of Tamilnadu Siddha
tradition, who lived in 10th Century AD attained Salvation
in a temple in Thiruvottriyur which is 8 Km drive from
Chennai. Time : Morning 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8
Pazhayanur (Tiruttani Taluk) :
Pazhayanaur, a village as ancient and as good sacred
place as Thiruvalangadu. The contribution of Pazhayanur to
the great tradition and glory of Tamils is unique. It was
here that seventy Tamil scholars together sacrificed their
lives to uphold a tamil worker. The opinion of the scholars
is that nowhere could they come across such a unique
incident involving the sacrifice of so many lives at an
Veeraraghava Perumal Temple
The temple is one among the 108 divya desams of
vaishnavas and a part of tondai naadu divyadesams.
Amavasya days are believed to be auspicious for visiting
The presiding deity Veera raghava perumal is in a
reclining position in the temple. The lord’s right hand
is positioned on Salihothra Munivar’s head while the
left hand is in the Gyana Mudra position indicating the
teaching of the four Vedas to the Lord Brahma.
Offerings to the Lord : The Lord’s abhishekam is
performed only with sandalwood oil.
Salt and pepper offered to the god is believed to
cure diseases and restore good health to the devotee.
Small metal form of parts of body and other symbols
are available in the nearby shops and these are put in
the hundial by devotees for curing particular disease.
Hrith paapanasini - The temple’s Pond :
A dip in this holy water is capable of purifying even
sins committed by mind.
How to reach
Tiruvallur is on the Chennai Tirupati highway. A
diversion takes you to the temple. Nearest Rail Head-
The temple is open from 6.30 am to 12 noon in the
mornings and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
Contact Ph: 044-27660378
Poondi is a small village, is situated at a distance
about 60 km. from Chennai. Frequent buses are available from
Chennai and Tiruvallur to reach this place. ‘Poondi’ the
name, it is said, is derived from Poondu in Tamil, the shrub
which was once abundant in this place. Poondi has acquired a
significant importance as it has a huge reservoir called
Sathyamurthy Sagar. The water from this reservoir goes to
the Red Hills lake from where the Madras city receives water
supply after undergoing necessary processing.
Poovirundavalli (Poonamallee) :
Poovirundavalli, more popularly known in its
corrupted form as Poonamallee, the birth place of
Thirukatchi Nambi Alwar, a staunch devotee of Varadaraja
Perumal is at a distance of 20 km. from Chennai, on the road
leading to Bangalore. It has got very good bus facility,
served by both the private operators and government
Pulicat Lake :
(Pazhaverkaadu in Tamil)
is the second largest brackish-water
lake on the Coromandel Coast of
southeastern India. It lies at the
border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh
states, 60 km north of Chennai. The
barrier island of Sriharikota separates
the lake from the Bay of Bengal.
Sriharikota is home to the town of
The lake is 60 km long
and varies from 0.2 to 17.5 km in width.
It is the second-largest brackish water
ecosystem on India’s east coast, after
Orissa’s Chilka Lake.
The lake is shallow, and
varies in area with the tides and
seasonal rainfall, from 460 km˛ in high
water to 250 km˛ in low water.
The shallow lake is known
for its diversity of aquatic birds, and
is an important stopover on migration
routes. Approximately 15,000 flamingos
visit the lake each year, along with
pelicans, kingfishers, herons, painted
storks, spoonbills and ducks.
The beaches of
Sriharikota are an important nesting
spot for sea turtles. A legend goes that
the Dutch and the British berthed their
ships on the Karimanal Village, right
opposite the mouth of the lake, from
where the name ‘Coramandel’ was coined.
The lake is protected as
a wildlife sanctuary, proposals for a
petrochemical complex, power plant, and
a satellite port on Ennore creek have
raised concern about the continued
ecological health of the lake.
Dutch Cemetry :
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. The Dutch built a fort here in the year 1609.
During the Dutch rule Pulicat was known by the name
Pallaicatta. Pulicat today bears testimony to this fact
(period 1606 to 1690) with the Dutch Fort in ruins, dating
back to 1609, a Dutch Church, Dutch Cemetery with 22
protected tombs (1631 to 1655) and a Dutch Cemetery with 76
tombs and mausoleums protected by the Archaeological Survey
of India (ASI). They built a fort named Geldria at Pulicat,
from where they transacted business with the British East
India Company and other countries in the region.
Sri Karumari Amman Temple :
18 Kms from Chennai. This Temple is situated at
Thiruverkadu. Thaipoosa Latcharchana and Poornima
Latcharchana are very auspicious. Other important festivals
are. Masi magam, Tamil new year, Panguni uthiram and
Garudaseva. Sundays are very special. The poojas are Archana,
Sagasranama Archana, Ashtothra Archana, Abishekam. Each
Sunday the temple offers free food to its devotees. Ph :
26800430 / 487
This village is on the Chennai-Tirupati route and can be
reached easily from Puthur which is about 8 km. Location :
Sri Palli kondeswara Swamy Devastanam, Surutapalli.
Dasukuppam Post, Darshan Time: 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. &
4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Pradosham days morning 6.00 a.m. to
8.30 p.m. Sani Pradosham is especially important when about
15,000 devotees throng this temple.
Thirupasur temple is built by Karikal Cholan, it is
on the Thiruthani National Highway, about 60 km. away from
the city, to the east of Thiruvalankadu and west of
Tiruvallur Veeraraghava Swamy temple. Considered to be16th
out of the 32 shrines sung by the savants of Saivism,
Thiruppaasur has the special distinction of having been sung
by Thirunavukarasar and Thirugnana-sambandhar.
Vadivudaiamman - Sri Thiagarajaswamy Temple :
Of the 275 Paadal Petra Stalams, 32 lie in the
Tondi Nadu, among which the Thiagarajaswamy temple at
Tiruvotriyur is unique. Saivites, Vaishnavites, Saaktar,
Uchavar, Adi Saivites and Namboodris visit and worship the
manifestations of Shiva and Shakthi. Ph : 25733703.
Thirumullaivoyal temple :
Near Ambattur, Masimaneeswarar is the deity and Kodi idai
Amman is the consort. The sanctum here has been in worship
since the Sangam period. There are shrines to
Rishabantikadevar, Natarajar and Bhikshatanar here. Elements
of Pallava architecture are seen in this temple as in the
lion pillars in the Vinayakar shrine. The nandi faces away
from the sanctum in keeping with the legend. There are two
Erukku pillars in front of the sanctum. Festivals: The
annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi
(Taurus), and Vasantha Utsavam in Aani.
A distance of 17 km from the city, due
north of the fort. While the distance is
just 17 km, the experience is almost 100
km from anywhere near Chennai. This
place marks the extreme north of the
city, beyond this is a few miles of
no-man’s land – just sand, the sea,
dirty water and crumbling buildings and