About ThiruvallurThiruvallur is the administrative headquarters of Thiruvallur district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a Grade 1 municipality and lies at a distance of around 42 Kms from Chennai. This town is divided in to four revenue villages and 27 wards. This temple town is located on the banks of River Cooum. Thiruvallur is well known for Veera Raghavar temple. A pond near this temple is well known for the tank festival that is organized with great enthusiasm every year. Some other interesting places of this town are the Shiva temple and a 40 feet tall temple of Panchamukha Hanuman. The idol of Vishwaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman is said to be carved from a single green colored granite stone.
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) plans to develop Thiruvallur as a satellite township. They plan to do this by providing affordable living with good infrastructure for the people so that they can commute between Chennai and Thriuvallur. This will help to ease the crowd in Chennai metropolitan area.
History and Etymology of ThiruvallurThiruvallur means a place where God sleeps. The story goes as once Saalihothirar, a Rishi from Badrinath came down to this place to achieve Paramapadam. For that he took a vow of silence for a year. While fasting, he started gathering rice. On the last day of his penance, he cooked the rice and offered half of the cooked rice to the god and waited for a guest who could share the rest of the rice with him. Lord Narayana who was impressed with his penance, came down to earth as a saint to test the true devotion of Saalihothirar. When Saalihothirar saw the saint, he was happy to share his rice. But, Lord Narayana asked for the whole portion f rice to test Saalihothirar. Saalihothirar was more than happy to share all of his save portion with Lord. Once, the rice was taken, Lord asked Saalihothirar for a place to sleep. Hence, the name of the town became Thiruvallur.
This place has been by ruled by many rulers since 7th century starting with Pallavas to the Nawab of Arcot. Later it was ruled by British until India got its Independence in the year 1947. It is said many carnatic wars have been fought in this place.
Economy of ThiruvallurThiruvallur was made the district headquarters in the year 1997. Many Fortune 100 companies have their set up in Thiruvallur. Many well known companies have their manufacturing plants in this town. Some of the more prominent companies include, Hindustan Motors with its Lancer Car Plant, Mitsubishi has its plant in collaboration with Hindustan Motors, Style SPA furniture, Delphi TVS, Hanil Lear, India Japan Lighting, TI India, Kingfisher's brewery division and TCL. Thiruvallur is in close proximity to the Industrial hubs like Sriperumbudur Industrial Estate and Ambattur Industrial Estate. Thiruvallur is well connected to these areas and Chennai via rail route. Most suburban trains run between these stations frequently taking passengers to and fro in a 40 minute ride.
Tourist Places in ThiruvallurLike any other town in Tamil Nadu, Thiruvallur is well known for its temples. Most popular of all is the Veera Raghavar temple which is known to cure people of their illness. Devotees go to this temple and donate a metal organ asking God to cure their illness.
Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman temple is also very famous in Thiruvallur. The idol of this temple is said to be made from a single piece of granite stone. The green stone was brought in from Hassan in Karnataka. Other places of interest include:
- Sri Shiva –Vishnu Temple in Poonganagar
- Gangai Naatha swami with neeri nilai naayagai kovil in Manavala Nagar
- CSI Goudie Memorial Church
- St.Francis De Sale Church
- Miracle AG Church
- Magaleeswari temple
- Shalom Prayer Tower - Kakklur Sali
- Sri maha ruthra kali amman Temple
- Sri Prathiyangira Devi Temple
Transportation of ThiruvallurThiruvallur is easily accessible through road and rail. The Chennai International Airport is at a distance of around 42 Kms. One can reach Thiruvallur either through Avadi, Patabiram, Villivakkam and Ambattur route or via Koyembedu and Poonamallee route. Most of the West and North bound trains on the Main Broadguage line stop in Thiruvallur. The suburban trains run on two lines of Chennai Central to Arakkonam West line and Chennai Central to Tiruttani WestNorth line.
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) operates frequent bus service from Thiruvallur to Chennai city and the Chennai Metropolitan area.
Quick Facts of ThiruvallurSTD Code: 044
Pin Code: 602001
Official Language: Tamil
Population: 5,200 per Sq. Kms
Area: 10.75 Sq. Kms
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