Vadapalani - The Northern Palani of Tamil Nadu

Vadapalani which is one of the important area of Chennai. It can also told as, Chennai without Vadapalani is waste, nameless and useless. So the name has its own popularity and importance. This place is the Central hub for Chennai's business.

Vadapalani which means Northern Palaniis one of the place of Chennai, India, where you can get all your needs at one place from schools to colleges and from temples, shops , hospitals etc etc which ever you name that is in Vadapalani. Vadapalani is one of the hot spots of Chennai where many activities are carried out and it stands to be one of the most important place in the Chennai City. There are various interesting things in Vadapalani along with the temples which makes the place even more popular and holy for the public. There are many people from various parts of Chennai who visit Vadapalani for various reasons.

Location advantage of Vadapalani

Vadapalani is near to T. Nagar (the Shopping paradise of Chennai) and Kodambakkam (the Film Capital of the South). Vadapalani is also close to Guindy and Koyambedu. It is well connected to all suburbs in Chennai and outlying areas has it own bus terminus and now Flying train is being built for it which has a connection to all parts of Chennai. It can be claimed to be the centre hub for Chennai, lying very close to the centre of three of roads running East to West, via Arcot Road, Poonamalee High Road and Anna Salai(mount road). Many of the older and famous movie studios are on the Arcot Road have been pulled down and huge multi-storeyed buildings, housing, apartments and office complexes have been erected in their place.

Vadapalani Murugan Temple

As the name goes Vadapalani meaning Northern Palani, yes here we have a famous Murugan temple which is said to Northern Palani and thus the name came to this place. This temple was built in ancient periods about 125 years ago. It has said that this regularly frequented Lord Muruga sannidhi has emerged from a thatched shed and much-hallowed as an unostentatious one enshrining a Murugan picture only, and established for itself a name on par with ancient places of worship. It is also a very popular and powerful temples in Tamilnadu which has gained its speciality and uniqueness among the people. Lord Muruga is also visited by various TV stars and celebrities as the temple is located in the important location in the Chennai city.

As said in the Sthalapurana, the ancient history book it tells that their was a Muruga devotee by name Annaswami Nayakar with his strength and means built a small thatched hut and kept a Murugan painting for his personal worship daily. During his meditation and worship, he used to experience some divine power entering his body and inspiring him to utter some words of mysterious things—whatever he said in his trance was found true. His utterance came true and went by the name of God blessed statements and relieved people in several ways, like curing health problems and diseases and getting jobs, solemnising many marriages, etc. All people started believing him to be God's own man.
There are very many sannidhis in the vast courtyards of the temple, like Varasiddhi Vinayaka, Chokkanathar, Meenakshi Amman, Kali, Bhairava, Shanmuga with Valli and Devasena. The moolavar statue which is in standing posture resembles the Palani Muruga in every respect. In the inner prakara, there are many niches housing Dakshina Murti, Chandikeswar, Mahalakshmi, etc Goddess to be worshiped. It has a spacious hall which is used for conducting marriages and religious discourses. It is one of the most-frequented and famous Murugan shrines in the city of Chennai.

The entrance to this temple is through a very big Rajagopuram like the other temples, and we can also see various images and sculptures giving wonderful scene to our eyes. These images are a part of the Skanda Puranam which provides the stories and the greatness of Lord Muruga. In front of the temple is the temple tank which is holy and also has a different story. The eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres where you can view the Tamil Nadu's 108 bharata natyam dance gestures can be seen on the eastern.

Daily pujas timings in Vadapalani Murugan Temple:

0500 am: Nadai
0530 am: Palli Arai
0700 am: Milk Abhishekam
1000 am: Vibhuti Abhishekam
1100 am: Santanam Abhishekam
1200 pm: Uchi Kâla Puja
0900 pm: Palli Arai Puja

This temple is exactly located at Andavar Koil Street in Vadapalani. The
Main deity who is involved in the Pooja is Palani Andavar. Along with him there are other deities associated. Some of them are Chokkanatha, Ganapathi, Kaliamman, Kuthuvar, Manikkavachakar, Six-faced Muruga with Valli and Devanai, Kasi Viswanatha, Vairavar, Arunagirinathar, Varasiddhi Vinayaga, Virabagudevar, Virabhadra, Visalakshi Meenakshi Amman.

Festivals Celebrated in the Temple grandly are Skanda Sashti in the month of Aippasi and other festival celebrated here include Panguni Uttiram. The Karttikai asterism in each month attracts large crowds from all parts of Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

Vengeeswarar Temple in Vadapalani

This is a another famous temple in Vadapalni. Beside the 100 feet road (Inner Ring Road), there is also a famous Shivan Temple. This temple is much older when compared to Vadapalani Murugan Temple. The 'moolavar' or the main deity of this temple is called Lord Vengeeswarar and the Goddess is called Santhanayaki Ambal. Here also he entrance to this temple is crowned with a big Rajagopuram adorned with several stucco images. Other deities are Ganapathi, Kasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi, Bairavar, Lord Subramanya and Goddess Gajalakshmi. There is a separate shrine for Lord Saneeswarar alone.

Pradhosham pooja is one of the most important festival celebrated here. Among the poojas performed to the Graceful Lord Shiva Pradhosham is done once every 15 days. The 15 moon days from New moon to Full moon called Shukla Paksha and 15 moon days from Full moon to New moon Krishna Paksha and the evening of the thirteenth moon day between 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m(trayodasi) is called Pradhosham. Pradhosham timings are especially meant for Worshiping Lord Shiva. Praying during that time is believed to free the believers from their sins and gives 'moksha'(heaven).

Software Firms in Vadapalani

Software is one of the leading industry that gives job to many people in Chennai. Chennai people than a half are employees of Software field only or any how associated with the Software Industry. So Vadapalani is not a bit lower when compared for a living were oyu have your working place at your footstep. HCL Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services is having a huge offices at Vadapalani and there are many other small and upcoming IT firms around it. Now SRM University and other establishments have been coming up to Vadapalani with their corporate offices.

Film Industry near Vadapalani

Chennai is famous for films and media industry. Many people come from other parts of Tamil Nadu in search of these Film industry to get a chance to show case their talent. Vadapalani has one the famous and the most wanted studio for all people who has the aim of coming to Films, AVM Studio is situated in Vadapalani. Some of the other studios are Vijaya-Vauhini Studios, the Prasad Colour Lab and Studios, Efx Studios, Prime Focus are also in Vadapalani. There are many actors and actresses who are residing in Vadapalani. Also some other film personalities who are working as stunt artistes, dancers, extras and television artistes can be spotted regularly in Vadapalani areas.

Education options in Vadapalani

Education which is one of the prime source for all. Vadapalani knows the people needs and it has a lots of renowned educational institutions for both schools and colleges. The people of Vadapalani find it very comfortable with

Karthikeyan Matriculation, JRK, Vadapalani Senior Secondary School, JRM are some Important schools located in this area .Saraswati Vidyalaya is one of the old school in Vadapalani, Many children do their schooling also in Ashok Nagar, a place near to Vadapalani. Also Avichi Higher Secondary School located in Virugambakkam on Arcot Road, General Carippa Higher Secondary school in Saligramam, Chennai Educational institutions, Child Fruit Matriculation School and Ramalinga Mission Middle School (Tamil Medium School) which was established in 1952 at Gangappa Street in Saligramam are the other famous schools where children do their education.

SRM has also established one of its Campus at Vadapalani in 2009 . SRM University at Vadapalani Offers Faculty of engineering & technology and Faculty of Science & Humanities & Management.

Health Options in Vadapalani

Health is the thing which comes to every one mind. All of them has their own care on their health condition. Off course Vadapalani has more care on your health. So it has all the best and big Hospitals for you to have a good health.
Vijaya Hospital, Vijaya Health Centre, Vasan eye care and Best Hospital, Vadapalani Multi-Speciality Hospital and P&G Nursing Home are prominent medical centres in Chennai located in Vadapalani where you can find all your needs at one place.

Shopping and Hangouts in Vadapalani

No one can live with out eating. So for your needs Vadapalani has the best thing to satisfy your taste. Saravana Bhavan (whose headquarters is here) which is one the most prominent eat-out in this area along with Namma Veedu Vasanta Bhavan which has two restaurants one with children's play area. 'Mithai Mandir' is a restaurant, which is next to Saravana Bhavan on the temple street which is quite famous for Rajasthani/Gujarati cuisine. For non-veg Vadapalani has the best hotels like Ponnusamy, Pandyaas, Karaikudi that stands out. Raahat Plaza is the preferred hang-out for most youngsters. Also Kovai Sri Krishna Sweets and Adayar Ananda Bhavan have their branches here as well. There are many other restaurants and fast food joints associated to Vadapalani. For vegetables it has a market on Arcot Road and also Koyambedu Wholesale Market is 4 km from Vadapalani.

Vadapalani is one of the best place in Chennai to live and reside. This is the central hub for Chennai where you can get all your needs. Have a happy and safe living.


Author: poornima25 Aug 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

hai shathyan,
your article about vadapalani is is an important area at chennai. famous temples are located in that place,especially more hospitals,film industries,schools,software industries are located..

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