Poonamallee ('Punamalli' or originally Poovirundhavalli ("பூவிருந்தவல்லி" or "பூந்தமல்லி") (Tamil: பூவிருந்தவல்லி) is a town in the Poonamallee taluk of the Thiruvallur district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Presently considered to be a suburb of Chennai, it is a town with rich cultural heritage and also coping up with the fast developments of the adjacent city.
The town of Poonamallee is situated at a distance of 23 kilometres from Fort St George and 17 kilometres from Sriperumbudur on the Chennai-Bangalore highway. It is located at the end of the Mount-Poonamallee Road, 11 kilometres from Guindy and 13 kilometres from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus on the Chennai bypass. The nearest railway station is at Avadi which is nine kilometres away. It is also an important halting point for buses starting from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus and going towards Tirupati, Kanchipuram, Vellore etc.
The name "Poonamallee" might have been derived from "Poovirundavalli", meaning "the place where jasmine is cultivated". In Sanskrit, the place is called Pushpakavalli. Pushpam' means flower and Valli denotes Goddess. There is a legend that Goddess Laxmi rose from jasmine flower and gave darashan to Thirukatchi Nambi Alwar. It is also said the Alwar worshipped God Varadaraja, deity at Kanchi with the jasmine flowers plucked from here. This place is also called "Lakshmipuram' and Ulagu Vuyya Konda Cholapuram.
Places of interest 
Poonamallee is believed to be the birth place of Thirukatchi Nambi Alwar, a staunch devotee of Varadaraja Perumal. There is an ancient temple for lord Varadaraja Perumal with His Consort, Pushpakavalli Thayar. It is also known as Arulaperumal. There is also another temple, a medium sized one, here for Lord Vaidyanathaswami with His Consort Thaiyal Nayagi. He is known as Theera Vinai Theertha Perumal. Poonamallee is famous for its Siva temple which has three inscriptions dating to the 18th century AD. There is also a mosque of an unknown date built by one "Abdullah Khattab". There is also a Muhammedan fort nearby.
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Poonamallee is governed by Municipality of Poonamallee, coming under the Thiruvallur district. The town's traffic is managed by the Chennai Traffic Police (CTP). The town's police comes directly under Greater Chennai Police department. The town elects 1 MLAs to the state legislature and comes under Sriperumpudur Parliamentary constituency. The town is famous for its 8 courts including the special courts for bomb blasts. It has gained importance since this court system dealt with the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Poonamallee assembly constituency is part of Sriperumbudur (Lok Sabha constituency).
Some of the popular schools in Poonamallee are Holy Crescent Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kalashetra Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Arignar Anna Govt Higher Secondary School, St.Joseph's Matriculation Higher Secondary School, New St.Joseph's Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sundar Matriculation School, Sathya Matriculation School.
Sastha Engineering College
SKR Engineering College
Sundar Theatre,Malliga Theatre,Bhagavathi Theatre,Vigneshwara Theatre
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Thu, 23 May 2013 22:01:40 -0700
... while elucidating the reasons for delay in the project aimed at improving connectivity in the suburbs as the proposed three corridors will mainly ( Vandalur- Tambaram, Poonamallee- Kathipara and Poonamallee to Vadapalani) run through the fringes of ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 15:04:58 -0700
Vijayakar created a stir on Poonamallee High Road when, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, he locked himself into his first-floor rented apartment and brandished a pistol through a window, threatening to first pull the trigger on onlookers, and later on himself ...
The New Indian Express
The New Indian Express
Wed, 22 May 2013 19:44:52 -0700
Ironically, he was caught when his car got stuck in a traffic snarl that was caused due to commotion in front his house on Poonamallee High Road. Police said it all started at around 7 am, when Vijaykar (43), son of Samuel Nadar from Madurai, allegedly ...
Times of India
Wed, 22 May 2013 14:34:16 -0700
The option of a road connecting Thiru-vi-ka bridge and Kotturpuram bridge would also be studied. It could ease peak traffic on the two bridges, said the resolution. A proposal for a road from Kaliamman Road to Poonamallee High Road via Nerkundram Road ...
Times of India
Tue, 21 May 2013 11:49:58 -0700
DVAC raided his house in Porur early on Tuesday morning and found cash and documents that were to be kept only in his office. Officers said Rao was transferred from Poonamallee to Ambattur in March and was to retire in September. Share your views ...
Tue, 21 May 2013 21:15:22 -0700
Work on key stretches such as Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore High Road, Nelson Manickam Road, Anna Salai, Poonamallee High Road, Arunachalam Street, Anna Nagar Second Avenue, Mayor Ramanathan Salai, Casa Major Road, Raja Annamalai Salai, ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 20:03:30 -0700
For residents of west Chennai, a bridge across Cooum river between Mount Poonamallee Avadi Road and Paruthipattu will be also constructed with JICA funds. A team of officials from JICA, had met with officials of the CMDA a few months ago, and reviewed ...
The New Indian Express
Sun, 19 May 2013 19:48:26 -0700
20th May 2013 08:16 AM. As a step towards a future where one doesn't have to depend on fuel for cars, three mechanical engineering students of SKR Engineering College, Poonamallee, have developed a pollution-free vehicle that runs on compressed air.
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