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Saravana Poigai, Thiruporur (Waterbodies of Chennai - 23)

Located at a distance of about 50 kms from Chennai, Thiruporur has a Murugan Temple, which is the most popular temple for Murugan in and around Chennai. Historically, the original temple can be dated back to 1118-1133 AD (the king Vikrama Chola's period). As there are few Pallava inscriptions found in the temple, some date the original temple even to the Pallava period. The temple had lost importance in due course. A saint named Chidambara Swamigal unearthed the idols from an anthill and rebuilt the temple with great difficulty in the middle of the 17th century CE. Click here to know more about this temple. 

The well maintained temple Tank covering an area of about 2.75 acres is one of the major landmarks of this village. This is perhaps the most photographed site here. It is named as Saravana Poigai. It is said that this temple tank has never dried up, thanks to the underground fresh water springs. In the middle of the tank, there is a granite mandap. 

It is said that a water stream called Valliar Odai was running on the west side of temple and it was converted into Saravana Poigai tank by Chidambara Swamigal in the 17th century CE. 

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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Saravana Poigai, Thiruporur (Waterbodies of Chennai - 23)


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