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Chennai's Little Kanchi

A 45-minute drive down GST Road will take you to Nanganallur — the `Little Kanchi'.

The suburb has some of the city's famous temples such as the Navaneeta Krishnan temple, Dharmalingeswarar temple, Guruvayurappan temple, Ardhanareeswarar temple, Anjaneya temple and Raghavendra Math (all constructed almost 25 years ago).

The Navaneeta Krishnan temple and Dharmalingeswarar temple, on the southern side of the locality, are ancient and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated figurines here.

The Dharmalingeswarar temple is well known "for the Kumudha Vari kalvettu, found around the lingam," says R. Sreedharan, president of the temple committee.

Located in the eastern part of Nanganallur is the Anjaneya temple. Though constructed in recent times, it has become a significant landmark.

Anjaneya stands 32 feet tall, weighs over 90 tonnes from the pedestal and is facing his ardent devotee Raghavendra.

Established in the 1990s, the Raghavendra Math has a huge following from all over the country. For those who cannot frequent other temples, the Ardhanareeswarar shrine proves to be a boon as it is located in the middle of Nanganallur.

The Guruvayurappan temple is a replica of the one in Kerala.

Other recently built temples in `Little Kanchi' include Sathya Narayana temple, Ayyappa temple and Karumariamman temple.

M. R. ARAVINDAN