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Porur is a part (Ward no. 151 and 153 of Zone XI) of the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India. It occupies a crucial position on the Mount-Poonamallee Road, Porur is known for its chemical industries, manufacturing plants, residential colonies and vegetable markets.
Porur is of great antiquity and is believed to have been existent since the Pallava period. It was upgraded from village panchayat to town panchayat on October 1, 1977. Porur is one of the fast-developing suburbs of Chennai. It was included in the Chennai Corporation by the year 2011.
The Porur Lake is the principal source of fresh water for the suburb. Porur is known for the renowned Ramachandra Medical College. Porur houses Mono-pulse Secondary Surveillance radar, one of the two radars in the city, which aids air-transport communication.
Porur is located at 13.03° N and 80.16° E, and 52 feet (15 metres) above sea level. It is bounded on the east and south-east by the Pallavaram Hills. It is located 18 km south-west of Chennai city limits on the Guindy-Poonamalee road which eventually merges into the Chennai-Bangalore highway. For administrative purposes, Porur has been included in Thiruvallur district.
Porur is believed to be of great antiquity as indicated by its name "Porur" which, in Tamil, means the "place of warfare". Porur is considered to have been the site of a fierce battle during Pallava times. There is a Shiva temple in Porur which is believed to have been built by Chola kings.
Porur was a little-known village administered as a part of the Saidapet taluk of the then Chingleput district in 1961. During that time, the Saidapet taluk adjoining Madras city, especially the Mount-Poonamallee Road, was famous for industries and chemical plants producing a variety of products.
Porur village panchayat was upgraded to a Grade-I town panchayat on October 1, 1977. Later, it was upgraded to a selection grade town panchayat starting from February 24, 1982. The population of the town at the time of the 1981 census was 8,633. When the Chengalpattu district was bifurcated on January 1, 1997 into Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur districts, Porur became a part of Thiruvallur district..
Porur is situated at an elevation of 16 metres (52 feet) and is surrounded by the Pallavaram Hills. The Porur Lake along with the Chembarambakkam Lake forms the Rette Eri (Two Lakes divided by road, one Lake has water and another one were occupied by people for living a long ago), is the principal source of fresh water for the suburb and surrounding areas. It is in the center of Porur separating the eastern parts from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and the western residential areas. The Porur Flyover was built over the lake, which connects Maduravoyal with Tambaram near the Tambaram Bypass road.
Some of the important localities of Porur are Alapakkam, Karambakkam,Arunachalam Garden, Devi Nagar,Kerugambakkam,Lakshmi Nagar, Madanandapuram, Mangala Nagar, Ramakrishna Nagar, Meenakshi Nagar, Moulivakkam, Mugalivakkam, Sabari Nagar, Sakthi Nagar, R E Nagar and Samayapuram Nagar.
1000 year old Siva Temple that is called Ramanatha Easwarar Temple that is Guru Sthalam
Porur has a number of temples, mosques and churches.
The Ramanathaeswarar - Shiva temple ( Guru Sthalam ) is located at Porur towards Kundarathur Road side nearer to Porur EB office, is one of the oldest Hindu temples built in Chennai city. The Arulmigu Bala Murugan Temple is located at Easwaran Koil Stree, Porur. The Nagathamman Temple also located in Porur @ Kundrathur main road.
Arulmigu Ponniamman temple is over 40 years old temple located on karambakkam. Porur is the headquarters of Porur Evangelical Church.
The Sethu Kshetram temples constructed inside the premises of the W. S. factory was inaugurated by the Shankaracharya of Sringeri matha.
The Control tower popularly known as Radar Station for Madras Airport Authority with a control radius of 173 km
This is still operational in the south-east Porur which was statergically replaced else where due to population outburst.
By far, the most important landmark in Porur is the Sri Ramachandra College and Research Institute which was opened in 1985.
It is recognized as one of the premium educational institutions in the world and has tie-ups with important international universities including Harvard.