Sights & landmarks in Chennai (Madras)

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  • ravi s
    Boston, MA69 contributions
    A gem in the middle of the city. Look past the congestion and typical Indian craziness to notice the inscriptions that date back at least a thousand years, and read some of the historical plaques dating this place to the 8th century. This is a working temple, and has been for all these centuries!
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • TwinMamaNYC
    New York City, NY86 contributions
    Come to see the Church, where you will see Jesus on the cross robed in a distinctly Indian way. Also there is a relic of St. Thomas the Apostle, and Our Lady of Mylapore. St. Francis Xavier once prayed in front of this image of Our Lady, when he was in Madras.
    Written January 21, 2023
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  • DipuKV
    Pune, India1,665 contributions
    An area which gives you a peek into the quintessential essence of Chennai, it is worth visiting by day and night.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • ravi s
    Boston, MA69 contributions
    Another hidden gem, a working temple that has been in use since the 8th century, near the beach in Chennai. Look for the mustache on the main idol. The energy is palpable.
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • abhinandn t
    Bilaspur, India2 contributions
    I Loved the visit

    Om Sai Ram, Here we visited at 2019 jan, after 10 years, and found many things have changed. I will visit here again.
    Written February 4, 2023
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  • TSinParis
    Paris, France1,973 contributions
    Quite near the Kapaleeswarar temple but a completely different vibe. Much more peaceful and welcoming every. So refreshing after having experienced the ‘only Hindus’ in other temples.
    Written January 31, 2023
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  • Abhijit
    Mumbai, India1 contribution
    The Retiring rooms/Dormitories at Chennai Central Railway station are well maintained with proper toilets and cleanliness well maintained. AC cooling is good with extra fans as well.
    Nice place to spend a night or so instead of spending heavily on the near by hotels which doesn't really justify the cost which they charge us.

    Highly recommend the AC dormitory!!!
    Written October 30, 2022
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  • Mudit Sharma
    New Delhi, India126 contributions
    Thyagaraya Nagar, commonly known as T. Nagar, and historically known as East Mambalam, is a very affluent commercial and residential neighbourhood in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The stretch between Duraiswamy Road and T. Nagar Bus Stand has some of the costliest real estates in Chennai. It was constructed between 1923-1925 by the Madras Presidency government of the Raja of Panagal as a part of town planning activities initiated according to the Madras Town Planning Act of 1920. The town was named after P. Thyagaraya Chetty. The streets, parks and localities in the new neighbourhood were named after important officials in the provincial government.

    T. Nagar is now considered the largest shopping district in India by revenue. It is known for its plethora of saree and jewellery retailers, including Pothys, Nalli Silks and Saravana Stores. The neighbourhood is served by Mambalam railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. T. Nagar is considered one of the city's major central business districts, the other being Parry's Corner, the centre of the city. Pondy Bazaar serves as a satellite commercial hub for T. Nagar, located around the Thyagaraya Road.
    Written January 9, 2023
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  • ABDESH
    Kanchipuram, India448 contributions
    Vadapalani Andavar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is located in Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is around 25 kms from Tambaram. The Moolavar (main deity) resembles the Palani temple idol and is in standing position.The temple courtyard houses several Sannidhis including that of Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Amman, Kali, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Deivanai. Some Divine Events have been described beautifully on the walls.The temple tank is in front of the temple.Only in this temple, one can see Murugan wearing footwear, a symbol that denotes shedding of arrogance. He is seen in a standing pose with his left foot forward to indicate he is in a rush to help his devotees.
    Written January 15, 2023
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  • ABDESH
    Kanchipuram, India448 contributions
    This temple is located in Calm and clean place. The Bhaktha Anjaneya temple at Nanganallur in Chennai is known for bestowing better health to the devotees. The idol of the central image is 32 feet in height making it one of its own kind.Sri Rama, Sri Lakshmana and Seetha with Sri Anjaneyar, Sri Vinayagar, Sri Raghavendra and Sri Krishna with his consorts Bhama and Rukmini are also here. Prasadam is provided. You may reach by bus(on particular timings), trains, autos or cars from airport quickly. You can contribute to the construction of the Golden Chariot, which will also be funded by the Tamil Nadu government. You could also try, Many restaurants,shops in Nanganallur are providing good quality products (delicious vegetarian foods, traditional sweets, coffee, and handicraft items).
    Written January 16, 2023
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  • Parthi
    2 contributions
    Calm and divine experience. Maintenence of the temple is good. One of the must visit place if you are a devotee.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • niluanu
    Chennai (Madras), India503 contributions
    ISKCON Temple in Chennai is conveniently located just off the East Coast Road. A large and aesthetically pleasing temple, the place is clean and well maintained. Car parking is available. There is a food court which opens at 11am and a shop where one can buy books and souvenirs. Prasadam is given out free. You do need to climb quite a few steps in order to reach the main temple hall.
    Written March 1, 2022
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  • shankarj6
    Huntsville, AL108 contributions
    Some old history about St Thomas who was killed. He was one of the apostles. The church was well kept and it is worth a visit
    Written January 6, 2023
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  • sumathik78
    Mumbai, India3 contributions
    Lost in the bazaars this temple is stunning. Its a great piece of architecture and has a serene ambience
    Written September 18, 2021
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  • Radhika Narasimhan
    Chennai (Madras), India260 contributions
    One of the oldest temple of Chennai where the belief followed is, those who visit are cured of diseases. Today morning via adyar from the back entrance I entered the temple. Had good darshan of the legend and consort Tripurasundari Devi. Atmosphere was calm filled with lovely nature and spirituality. A must visit temple of chennai.
    Written December 2, 2022
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