Mahendravadi is a village in Arakonam taluk, Tamil Nadu, in far southern India.
People speak mainly Tamil, and other languages such as Telugu, due to the nearness of Andhra Pradesh.
Mahendravadi has a primary and higher secondary school. Karate class also available in this village, with masters Karthik, Senthil, or Mano. For further education, the people have to go to the nearby towns, Nemili, Panapakkam or Arakonam. For college education, they have to go either to Kancheepuram, Tirutani, Arcot or Vellore.
Farming is the major source of income for the people, and they are all dependent on lake irrigation. However, the catchment area for the lake is very poor for rain water saving. There has been a direct canal from Palar to Mahendaravadi Village. This has not been properly maintained, and this leads to always dry conditions in the village.
The lake is fully dependent on Palar water, and the dark side is "palar itself is a dry river". The lake has been capable of supplying water resources to 7 other villages.
Grama panchayat :
The rich grama panchayat (village-council) system has been followed since olden days, due to the Pallava dynasty procedures. There were representatives from the group of similar families who would be leading the leadersip role for the particular group. There are 5 representatives from major groups who decide goods to the village and decide common objectives, wealth systems, resolving any issues, general problems, organizing the festivals and taking care of public assets like the lake, pond, temple and common places. They did not encourage police to enter and solve any family issues since they feel that all the village issues should be resolved by the facts and reality within the village system.
However, over a period of time, in the past two decades, these representatives lost their image and originality, due to selfish approach towards managing the common objectives. The Pallava history had strong systems of managing the village on its own, and very surprising to know that these systems were existing still after 14 centuries.
Temples and Festivals :
There are many centuries-old temples in existence. The village has historical Siva and Vishnu temples, which have the heritage and culture. Siva Temple was managed by non-Brahmins, and Vishnu temple was managed by the Brahmin community. Every year, Karthikai festival was the lime light in these two temples, in the way it was performed in Thiruvannamalai.
The village people have great respect and worship "Madhagukatha Amman" (the goddess who takes care of the lake and reservoir gate) which is located on the lake crest. People believe that this goddess is very powerful, and there is a grand festival yearly once for the goddess. This festival has been celebrated for two days, and during this period, all family members join together to pray to the goddess for their health and wealth.
Pongal is another grand festival in the village, as like the entire Tamil Nadu celebrate. It has been a 4 or 5-day festival, and people enjoy these periods of harvesting. Nowadays Diwali has also been getting colourful since it was not that much important, as per Tamil culture. Also, the vibrant Adi Thiruvizha during July–August is very notable around the areas.