Purasai, Purasawakkam, purasaiwakkam
purasawakkam is located in Chennai
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purasawakkam is located in Tamil Nadu
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Coordinates: 13°05′09″N 80°15′02″E / 13.08593°N 80.25047°E / 13.08593; 80.25047Coordinates: 13°05′09″N 80°15′02″E / 13.08593°N 80.25047°E / 13.08593; 80.25047
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Chennai
Metro Chennai
 • Body Chennai Corporation
 • Official Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration TN-01
Planning agency CMDA
Civic agency Chennai Corporation
Website www.chennai.tn.nic.in

Purasawakkam, also known as Purasaiwakkam or Purasai / Purasawalkam, is a residential shopping area in the district of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is close to the Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore railway stations.


The name "Purasai" came from the name of a tree called 'purasai maram' in Tamil. In olden days this area was abundant with these trees. Also, there were a lot of stables at once in an age which was referred as (horse) "puravi" in Tamil, puravivakkam later termed as purasaiwakkam. The Gangadeeshwarar temple near the Purasawalkam tank speaks about this history. The tank belongs to this temple.

The Gangadeeshwarar temple is very famous temple for ages. Here the Shiva Lingam which is situated at mulasthanam, has a unique feature of wetness throughout the year. Even in the drought conditions and severe summer seasons, the wetness near the Shiva Lingam is observed.

Another story is that, in 1799, Company Assistant Surgeon John Underwood of the British East India Company in the then Madrasapattanam, established in "Poorshewak", now known as Purasawalkam, what may be considered the first hospital in India meant solely for the Indian poor; the Native Infirmary. [1]



Abirami Mega Mall on Purasawalkam high road

Abirami Mega Mall, one of the main attractions in Purasawalkam, is a Multiplex including four main cinemas and many shopping outlets.[2] Tana Street, the heart of Purasawalkam, is one of the busiest streets in Chennai. It has jewelry, vegetables, clay pot cooking and pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market. There are also many textile showrooms, including MadharSha, Deensha, Sree Krishna Collections, Textile India, Ranjanas, The Raymond showroom, Peter England showroom, Ramraj textile showroom and more. And Home appliances/Supermarkets such as Vasanth and Co.,Viveks the Unlimited shop, Chellamani & Co., Rasi & Co., Rathna Stores and Saravana Stores Super Shopping Mall. The Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College's boys hostel is also situated here opposite to Motcham theater.


Popular Restaurants here include Hotel Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Akshaya The Tasty Veg. Restaurant, Raaj Bhavan, Hotel Welcome (known for its sambar), The Hot Chips, Doveton Cafe, Hotel Deccan, Hotel Paradise, Hotel Paramount and along with many biriyani shops.

Roads and streets

Educational institutions

Purasaiwakkam is a center of education in Chennai



  • Tulsi Adarsh Vidya Mandir Nuesery&Primary School
  • Satya Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • Alagappa Matriculation Higher Secondary School,
  • Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram,
  • J.M matriculation school
  • Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School
  • St.Joseph's Anglo Indian Boys Higher Secondary School
  • St. Aloysius Anglo Indian Girls Hr.Sec School
  • Sir MCTM Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • Sir MCTM Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Kola Saraswathi Senior Secondary School
  • Bentick Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • St.Pauls Hr.Sec. School
  • St. Matthias Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School,
  • CSI Bains Hr.Sec. School,
  • Doveton Corrie Anglo-Indian Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • Doveton Corrie Anglo-Indian Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Doveton Matric Hr. Sec School
  • C.S.I Ewarts Girls Hr.Sec. School
  • Anita Methodist Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • St. Andrews Boys Hr.Sec. School
  • ELM Fabricus Hr.Sec. School
  • St.Joseph's Girls Hr.Sec School
  • St.Joseph's Primary School
  • Raja Nursery School
  • Corporation Girls School
  • Corporation Boys School
  • Sri Muthukuaramswamy Hr.Sec School
  • T.E.L.C.Primary School
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Matric. Hr.Sec School (Vepery)


Historical famous Shri Gangadeeshwarar temple, Purasawalkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

There are several Hindu, Jain and Sai Baba temples in the area.[citation needed]

Mosques in the area are Jumma Masjid, Periamet Mosque and PMWA mosque in Yemi street.

Purasai also contains a largeLutheran church, Adaikalanathar Church, operated under the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC).[citation needed] There are several churches from several sects.


  • Purasawakkam Legislative assembly constituency is a part of Central Chennai (Lok Sabha constituency).



  1. ^ Tales of Old Madras and New by S Muthiah
  2. ^ "Multiplex Unique!". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 18 November 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  3. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2008.