T.Nagar in Chennai
Named after the Justice Party leader, Sir P. Theagaraya Chetty, T. Nagar is the neighborhood in Chennai and the main shopping district of the city.
History of T Nagar:
T. Nagar was constructed by the Madras Presidency government of the Raja of Panagal in between 1923 and 1925. The construction of the town began as a part of town planning activities initiated by the Madras Town Planning Act of 1920. The town was carved out of the southern part of the erstwhile Mambalam zamindar. T.Nagar has always been one of the most preferred residential localities in the city. It was during 1930’s when the population grew in this area.
T.Nagar was never so developed. Less than a hundred years ago, the town was all paddy fields. Nalli was the first shop to be opened in this area in 1928. Nalli Chinnasami Chetty's textile showroom marked the beginning of retail industry in this region. The first bank was opened in 1935, while the second bank, the Indian bank opened in 1937.
Many eminent personalities such as M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, T. R. Rajakumari, N. S. Krishnan, Vyjayanthimala, N. T. Rama Rao, Thangavelu, Manorama, Sivaji Ganesan and T. S. Balaiah had their residences in T.Nagar.
Shopping in T Nagar:
T.Nagar is the mecca for all the shopping lovers. From apparel, electric products, toys, jewelry to utensils shops, one can find everything here. Not only people from Tamil Nadu flock to this area for shopping but people come here from rest of South India also. No wonder, this 6 km stretch is the busiest shopping destination of Chennai and also the biggest shopping district in India by revenue. About 70 -80% of gold is sold from this neighborhood in the most important gold market in South India, Chennai.
Renowned stores such as Nalli, Naidu Hall, Pothys, Raymond, Garden Vareli, RmKV, the Chennai Silks, Saravana Stores have their showrooms in T.Nagar. Pondy bazaar (Sir Thyagaraya Road) is one of the most important commercial hub and offers wide range of things like footwear, leather bags, crockery, toys, costume, jewellery, cotton garments, stationary, music accessories etc. Another major road which can give a great shopping experience is the Anna Salai (Mount Road). Covering the area of 8 km this road has many large stores, many jewelry stores and restaurants offering mouth watering south Indian delicacies.
The 8 acres Panagal Park, which is the most prominent park in the locality, also has renowned jewelry shops and silk sarees showrooms. The shops are located on the South Usman Road and Ranganathan Street. Other than shops, there are various malls in T.Nagar Chella Mall, Maya Plaza, Kasi Arcade, Ramee Mall, Raahat Plaza, etc where one can find all the branded stuff.
Barista, Ferrari, The Right Place, Any Time, Coffee Central, D Café, Café Crush and many more are few such coffee shops and restaurants where one can unwind themselves after long day of shopping.
Location of T Nagar:
T.Nagar is near to the airport and also from the Chennai Central Railway Station. It is just 10 km from the airport and 8 km from the station.
T.Nagar can easily be accessed by bus from any part of the city. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), Sringeri Shrada Peetham Mutt, Krishnan Koil, Sri Sakthi Vinayagar Temple, Agastiyar Temple, Shiva-Vishnu temple and Muppathamman temple are few well known temples in T.Nagar.