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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Ranganathan Street - T.Nagar (Name Reason)

:: Chennai Factoids ::

:: Name reasons behind famous roads / streets in Chennai ::


One of the most crowded and busiest street in the universe, sellers paradise, buyers prefers this place over many other shopping destinations. Whatever be the competition, the shops in this street will never be lack of customers. Yeah , I am talking about Ranganathan Street in T.Nagar. Almost every one in this universe know or atleast heard about this street name. But only few of us knows the reason behind naming street as "Ranganathan Street".
Sharing the name reason behind Ranganathan street.

Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar

What is presently known as Ranganathan Street ought to have been Rangaswamy Iyengar Street after the first resident of that street.

It was the usual practice then to name streets after the first resident irrespective of their class, caste or contribution.

Mr.Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar, a retired Civil Servant of the erstwhile Madras Presidency built his house in early '20s. 

When civil authorities approached him for his formal approval the humble, religious and self effasive gentleman requested it be named after Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam .

Locate Yourself : Ranganathan Street - T.Nagar (Source : Google Maps)

Where was Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar reside in Ranganathan street ? 

It has been told that the Kerala Jewellers in Ranganathan street is where Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar was resided.. It was named as TUPIL house in those days and now its been completely changed. And also heard that, almost the whole of Ranganathan street is occupied by Tupil Rangaswamy Iyengar and his relatives. 

Firstly, the house has been let out to one Prof Krishnamurthy Iyer - The ex prinicipal of Pachiayappa's college. It has been occupied by him over a very long period.

Later he has built a shop in his house front, on the request made by Mr.Perumal Nadar who is none other than the father of VG Paneerdas and VG Santhosam. 

Later it has seen a complete make over and now it is entirely occupied by the commercial spaces  

Source : Wikipedia, Headway on foot paths by Mr.T.L.Raghavan

Landmarks in and around Ranganathan Street :

  • Saravana Stores
  • Jeyachandran Textiles
  • Textile India
  • Rathna Complex
  • Shanmuga Stores
  • Kalanjiyam and many more.


  1. Thanks Venkat and Prashant.

    Updated the few infos about his residence at the bottom. Have a look at it :)

  2. Nice information Deepak ! Good to know about the most busiest street of Chennai :)

  3. Good to know about the angadi thaeru :)
    Could be nice if u add some photos related to those areas...
    If not your own atleast from our
    cbc photo bloggers..

  4. THanks Sushmitha and Gayathree. Yeah Gayathree, thanks for the idea. Will include it. Have started using the photos from CBC Photographers. Used Kaushik's photographs for a post related to natesan park. Thanks, will use it for all my posts.

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