Thursday, 1 September 2016

THE ADYAR – A CULTURAL MAPPING, ONE DAY TRIP TO THE TEMPLES AND HERITAGE SITES ON THE BANKS OF RIVER ADYAR. CHEMBARAMBAKKAM LAKE & DAM, SRI KANNIAMMAN TEMPLE AND A RUINED JYESHTAA DEVI SHRINE

A Continuation to the previous post. 
27th August 2016.
After visiting the Parvathavardhini Samedha Sri Ramanatheeswarar temple  and megalithic burial sites ( Cairn circles ) at Thirukavanur, we reached the bund of Chembarambakkam Lake. It was an panoramic sight to see the lake with water and might be  more beautiful with water gushing out through the 19 sluice gates and 5 new sluice gates.
   
CHEMBARAMBAKKAM LAKE  & DAM
This lake  contributes to about 30% of the water to the Adyar river water and also this serves as drinking water source to  Madras ( Chennai ). This lake get gets water from the Coouam river through Korattur anikattu  ( Barrage ) … The actual start point of River Adyar is from Vellarai Village as per google map.  The full tank level is 84.5 feet. The full tank capacity is 3,645 million cft.  

During the years 1996, 1975,1943, 1946, 1960,1966 and 1930.00 the water reached the maximum level of the tank.  There are two sluice gates to let out the water from the tank. But both sluice gates lets the water in a common channel.





















The Chembarambakkam lake water joints with the Adyar river at this point 
SRI KANNIAMMAN TEMPLE
This shrine is at the left side of the bund, below the ground level. IThe temple might have existed earlier and the bunds are constructed latter.  Even though it was  called as a Kanniamman temple, a Shiva linga is there in the shrine.  
LOCATION OF THE LAKE & DAM : CLICK HERE




A RUINED JYESHTAA DEVI SHRINE
On the way to Manimangalam  from the Chembarambakkam tank  through Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering we happened to see a  Jyeshtaa Devi statue by the side of the road standing under the  open to sky. We had seen  some of the fragments of the statues in a bush with trace of a temple.  Jyeshtaa Devi is  under worship.
LOCATION OF THE JYESHTAA DEVI: 










To be Continued…..

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