December 31, 2017

Mambakkam Temple Tank (Waterbodies of Chennai - 3)

It's beautiful  pond surrounded by shady trees with an ancient temple on its banks. The villagers have been using this pond for many years for drinking and bathing purposes. Alas! The expansion of the city and the aftermath urbanization lead the trees to vanish and to have high rise buildings in their place. Now, the pond is no more a scenic beauty as it used to be 10-15 years ago. The villagers rarely use this pond nowadays. We can only hope that the real estate gang would not take control of this pond too and destroy the remaining beauty of the village.

This pond belongs to Muruganatheeswara temple. It's a later Pandya period temple in Mambakkam village.  Mambakkam is a quite village located at a distance of 20 kms from Tambaram in the southern outskirts of Chennai city.

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.

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