December 28, 2018

Pallikkaranai Vaidyanatha Swami Temple Pond (Waterbodies of Chennai - 46)

This pond is located on one of the busiest roads of Chennai, Tambaram-Velachery Road in Pallikkaranai. Thousands of us pass through this place everyday. How many of us are bothered to worry on the sorry state of this tiny waterbody? We hardly notice this pond. Many of us do not even know about its existence.

The pond occupies an area of around 0.3 acre now. I am sure it has shrunk to half of its original size. It is clearly encroached from three sides and the remaining area is poorly or hardly maintained. The locals use this merely as a place to throw garbage. Thus, a supposed to be beautiful pond is turning into a drain.

The pond belongs to Vaidyanatha Swami temple, which is located next door. When I decided to pray to Lord Vaidyanatha seeking help to protect this pond, I could see the board in his temple seeking for financial aid.

Happy travelling.


Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.



December 24, 2018

Temple Pond of Narayanapuram (Waterbodies of Chennai - 45)

This unknown temple pond in Naryanapuram is afraid. When the gigantic lake of Narayanapuram could lose one third of its area, what would happen to this tiny pond? Who would bother about this? Hardly anyone knows about its existence. It might be an easy target for encroachment. This pond belongs to a small temple of Samayapuram Mari Amman that is located on the other side of the road.

In those days, people have always ensured to form a waterbody along with the temple. This is such a small temple, but its pond is bigger than the temple. It occupies an area of around 1.7 acres. Who knows? Originally, it would have been much bigger.

Let the owner of this pond, Mari Amman, protect this pond forever.

Happy travelling.





Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.


December 23, 2018

Wallajah Mosque Tank (Waterbodies of Chennai - 44)

Wallajah Mosque is the biggest, the most popular and one of the oldest mosques of the city. The mosque is set in vast grounds and hence it is also referred as the Big Mosque. The pond that is situated inside the complex is not big though. It hardly occupies an area of around 0.03 acres. Yet, this pond enhances the elegance of the mosque that is built in the Mughal style of architecture.

Happy travelling.





Note: As per a report, there were about 650+ waterbodies in Chennai region till 1980s. Today, only a fraction of them exist. And, most of those surviving waterbodies hardly have water and even some of them that  have water had been shrunk badly. In Chennai, there are tank roads without tanks nearby and lake view roads without any lake in the vicinity. There is a high possibility that even the few waterbodies that we have today might vanish in the near future. I thought of visiting the currently surviving waterbodies of Chennai and its suburbs and write about them in my blog as a series.