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The oldest surviving railway station of India

Royapuram Railway Station in Chennai (erstwhile Madras) city of South India is the oldest railway station of India which still survives.

Royapuram Railway Station is located in the Royapuram locality of North Chennai, and is one of the neglected local railway stations today where you can hardly find passengers. However, not many of the people even in Chennai city know that this was the second major railway station built in India, and this is the oldest railway station of India which still survives.
In 16th April 1853, the first railway line of India was started between Bori Bunder to Thane by British government, which ruled India during that time. Neither the Bori Bunder nor the Thane stations survive in the original. (Bori Bunder has become the famous Bombay Victoria Terminus). However, Royapuram, from where India's second railway line started, still survives to some extent. The railway line which linked Madras (Royapuram) to Arcot (now Wallajahpet) was opened in 1st July 1856 AD.…

List of Hindu Temples in Chennai

Listed below are the main, ancient, or rare temples of Chennai city, one of the important cities of India. Chennai has a lot of important tourist sites; however, most of them are Hindu temples, which are covered in detail in my blog. The list is dynamic and will be updated frequently. Happy travelling.

Triplicane 1) Theerthapaleeswarar Temple: An old Shiva temple located in Triplicane. One of Seven Sapta Sthana temples.

Mylapore 1) Karaneeswarar Temple: A 12th century little known temple. One of Seven Sapta Sthana temples.
2) Velleswarar Temple: One of seven Sapta Sthana Shiva temples. It is also a Navagraha sthalam in Chennai. Sukracharya got his sight back in this temple.
3) Virupaksheeshwarar Temple: One of seven Sapta Sthana Shiva temples. It is related to the life of Tirugnana Sambandhar.
4) Vaaleeswarar Temple: Believed to have been worshipped by Vaali of Ramayana. It is one of seven Sapta Sthana Shiva temples.
5) Malleswarar Temple: One of seven Sapta Sthana Shiva temples.
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Hanuman Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, India

Ashok Nagar locality in Chennai city of South India is one of the busiest areas of the city. There is a famous temple dedicated for Lord Hanuman aka Anjaneya located in this area.

Lord Hanuman temple of Ashok Nagar is located in the 53rd street of Ashok Nagar area in Chennai city. This temple was built recently; however, it has become very popular in and around Ashok Nagar area. Lord Hanuman, the great devotee of Lord Rama, is also called as Anjaneya. There are few temples in Chennai dedicated for Lord Hanuman. Ashok Nagar Hanuman temple has become one of those few popular temples of Chennai city dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Lord Hanuman temple of Ashok Nagar is maintained very well and looks neat and tidy. The main shrine has the big idol of Lord Hanuman - around 20 feet. There is a shrine for Lord Ganesha. There is also a shrine for Bharat Mata (Mother India). This is very rare to find the idol of Mother India worshipped as a Goddess in South Indian temple.

You will definitely get the…

Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, India

Ashok Nagar, one of the busiest localities of Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state of India, has a beautiful small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which remains unknown to most of the citizens of Chennai city. The name of that unknown temple is Swarna Pureeswarar temple.

Behind the famous Hotel Saravana Bhavan restaurant near Ashok Pillar in Ashok Nagar area, the temple of Swarna Pureeswarar is located in a small street (45 th street corner).

The temple is around 40 years old and well maintained. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form a big Shiv Linga named as Swarna Pureeswarar in this temple. The goddess Swarnambigai is located in a separate shrine and the goddess is found with two arms in the standing posture.

This small temple also houses other shrines for Nava Siddhi Vinayak, Anjaneya, Ayyappa, Vallabha Ganapati (Ganesh with his consort and with ten arms), Lakshmi, Bala Murugan, Navagraha and Kalyana Murugan (Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devasena). The wall s…

Mallikeswarar Temple, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, India

Ashok Nagar is a prominent locality in Chennai city in Tamil Nadu state of India. Almost all Chennaites would know about this busy locality and the popular land mark called Ashok Pillar in this area. However, hardly anybody know about the Mallikeswarar temple located near Ashok Pillar landmark in Ashok Nagar area of Chennai. Inside the Police training college complex, opposite to Hotel Saravana Bhavan restaurant, this old temple of Mallikeswarar temple is located.

Mallikeswarar temple is also called as Thoppaswamy temple, as this temple was worshipped by a Siddha named Thoppaswamy. Thoppaswamy lived in the period of 1780 - 1830 CE and this temple of Mallikeswarar is believed to be at least 300 years old. This is unfortunate that such an old temple is located well within the heart of the city but hardly anybody in Chennai knows about this.

The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Shiv Linga called as Mallikeswarar in this temple. The main shrine has series of sma…

Victory War Memorial, Chennai, India

Victory War Memorial in Chennai is one of the two memorials dedicated to those soldiers who lost their lives during wars.

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India. Chennai is also considered as the gateway to South India. The famous Marina beach, which is arguably considered as the second longest beach in the world, is located in Chennai city.

Victory War Memorial is one of the two war memorials located within the boundaries of Chennai city. Victory War Memorial aka 'Cupid's Bow' is located near the Marina beach. In fact, you can consider the Victory War Memorial, located near Fort St. George on the beach road as the starting point of Marina beach. This war memorial was constructed to commemorate the victory of the Allied Armies in the World War I.  A circular rock and marble structure have been built here, in memory of those who sacrificed and lost their lives for the country’s honor, during World War I.However, it is known today in t…

St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Chennai, India

St. Mary's Church is one of the oldest British buildings in India and it is also considered as the oldest Anglican Church East of Suez.

The British East India Company which entered India around 1600 AD for trading activities slowly occupied the entire nation and started ruling the county. Chennai, the erst while Madras, was one of the cities occupied by the British East India Company in their earlier years. Fort St. George was constructed by the British in the year of 1639. The secretariat of Tamil Nadu state government is inside the fort. (Tamil Nadu is the state where the city Chennai/Madras is located). Apart from the secretariat building and various offices, the buildings having tourism importance are Museum and St. Mary's Church.

St. Mary's Church was constructed in 1678-1680 AD by the British East India Company. Similar to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, there is a group called Anglicanism in Christianity religion. The St. Mary's Church located inside the F…

An unknown temple at the heart of the city - Egmore Ardhanareeswarar Temple, Chennai, India

Egmore is a popular area in Chennai city, the gateway to South India. Egmore is popular mainly due to its Railway Station that connects to many major cities of India. About one km from Egmore Railway station, near the popular Dasprakash Hotel in Poonamallee High Road, the ancient temple of Ardhanareeswarar Temple is located. The very next small lane after Dasaprakash Hotel will take you to this ancient temple.

Even though it is believed that the famous saint Tirunavukkarasar has sung about this temple, this temple remains unknown to the most of the Chennai citizens today. As it is believed that Tirunavakkarasar has sung about this God, this idol, if not the temple, should be 1300 years old. It seems Tirunavukkarasar refers this place as 'Ezhum Oor' meaning 'awakening'. Hence, this temple becomes a Devara Vaippu Sthalam.

This is a very small temple which enshrines Shiva in the form of Linga. Ardhanareeswarar is the name of Lord Shiva in this temple. Ardhanareeswara is t…

A Heritage Railway Station

Chennai, the gateway to South India, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India, has two main railway stations that connect to all major parts of India. One is Central Railway Station. The second important railway station of Chennai city (the erstwhile Madras) is Egmore Railway Station.

Egmore is an anglicized form of Ezhumbur. Ezhumbur was a small village, which was acquired by British and made as a part of Madras city. The British East India company built many landmarks in Egmore area such as Egmore Railway Station, Egmore Museum, etc. Egmore Railway station was built and inaugurated in the year of 1908 AD. Egmore Railway Station is still the second important railway station of Chennai and remains as one of the main landmarks of the city. Egmore Railway Station is also a heritage building, which serves as a fine example for the architecture of British period in India.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name:Egmore Railway Station
Site Type: Heritage Building, Railway Station

The Kirk - St. Andrew's Church, Chennai, India

St. Andrew's Church aka the Kirk is one of the oldest and popular churches of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, South India. This architecture marvel was built by the British East India Company for its Scottish population in the year of 1821 AD. In Scottish language, the word "Kirk" means Church. Hence, this church (St. Andrew's Church) is affectionately called as "The Kirk".

St. Andrew's Church aka the Kirk is located at Poonamallee High Road, diagonally opposite to Egmore Railway Station. This is just five minutes walk from Egmore Railway Station, the second important Railway Station of Chennai city.

This church is considered as one of the finest examples for Georgian architecture in the entire Asia. The interiors of the church have wooden works. The interior of the church is in circular shape and very elegant. The highlight of the church is its tall dome which has a diameter of 52 feet. There are 16 circular pillars that support the dome…

Buddhist Temple in Chennai

If you are from South India and wish to visit a Buddhist temple, don't worry. You don't need to travel to Sri Lanka or Tibet. You don't even have to travel to Gaya or Sarnath. In Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of South India, you can find a temple for Lord Buddha. That too, this temple is located well at the heart of the city. Egmore Railway station is one of the two main railway stations of Chennai city. Buddha temple is located at a small lane named Kenneth lane just opposite to Egmore railway station. It hardly takes five minutes walk from the railway station.

 This small temple of Lord Buddha is situated inside the building of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. It belongs to Sri Lankan Buddhists. The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded by Anagarika Dharmmapala in May 1891 for the purpose of restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at places such as Gaya and Sarnath. He founded the Society's first center at Buddha Gaya, and in various other cities incl…