Oh......tell me, what is not there?? This core part of Chennai is the South Chennai, rich in culture and heritage. I doubt whether there is anything which is not there.....the moment you enter North Mada Street, jewellery stores on the left, small vendors selling various knick knacks on the right , roads packed with cars and people.....you can feel how it is buzzing with life.
First and foremost, Mylapore has many ancient temples. Kapaleeshwarar temple......according to Hindu Mythology, Shakthi worshipped Shiva in the form of peacock( in tamil, " Mayil" means, peacock) . Many peacocks are said to have been roaming here in the ancient times. Also it is called in tamil " Kayilaye Mayilai", meaning, Mylapore is nothing but Kailash. The 10 days festival from March-April is attended by thousands of devotees. Also, there is the peaceful Shirdi Saibaba Mandir, mundagakanni Amman temple, Adikesava Perumal temple, Velleeswarar temple, Hanuman temple and many more. In Velleeswarar temple, there is a Lord Sukreswarar sannidhi, which is very famous in removing all kinds of eye diseases, problems in vision etc.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers.....all are in abundance here. There is also good hotels like Sharavana bhavan, Sangeetha, good hotels like Woodlands, Savera etc. there are also many good schools and colleges. The very famous Sanskrit College is in this vicinity.
In Music season, Mylapore will be brimming with activities, because the famous Music Academy, Bharatiya Vidyabhavan, Narada Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine arts etc entertain thousands of people with their music concerts, and dance programmes. The famous Shankara hall is here, where book and handloom exhibitions take place often. Ramakrishna Mutt, Santhome Church are the other important places to mention.. This is where the famous Thiruvalluvar was born, who wrote the famous tamil icon Thirukkural.
The Giri Trading store is here, where you get all pooja related stuff, music CDs etc. the famous Dabba Chetty Store, which is very very ancient, and sells Ayurvedic and pure hand pound herbal powders, is situated here. Many textile showrooms are here too.
The globally renowned Marina Beach is here. Also the famous Citi Center Mall. Mylapore is connected well by road, and to some places by MRTS. Several bus services are there to commute from different areas. Five star hotels, The Park Sheraton and Chola Sheraton are near to Mylapore.
This was earlier supposed to be the exclusive Brahmin area, but now all communities live here. To taste the real cultural heritage of Chennai, one must surely visit Mylapore!
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