Purasawakkam (புரசைவாக்கம்), also known as Purasaiwakkam or Purasai, is a residential area and shopping district in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is close to the Chennai Central and Egmore railway stations. Purasawakkam is considered a perfect mixture of commercial and residential hub. The name "Purasai" came from the name of a tree called 'purasai maram' in Tamil. In olden days this area was abundant with these trees. The Gangatheeswarar temple near the Purasaiwakkam tank speaks about this history. The tank belongs to this temple.
Shopping: Abirami Mega Mall, one of the main attractions in Purasawakkam, is a Multiplex including four main cinemas and many shopping outlets. Tana Street, the heart of Purasawakkam, is one of the busiest streets in Chennai. It is famous for its jewelry, vegetables, clay cooking pots and pharmacies. It also features a busy grocery market. There are also many textile showrooms, including Madhar Sha, Deensha, Sree Krishna Collections, Textile India, Ranjanas, Rathna Stores and Saravana Stores Super Shopping Mall. The Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College's boys hostel is also situated here opposite to Motcham theater.
Restaurants: Popular Restaurants here include Hotel Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Akshaya The Tasty Veg. Restaurant, Raaj Bhavan, Hotel Welcome (Famous for its unique Sambar), Hotel Balaji Bhavan, The Hot Chips, Doveton Cafe and Hotel Sanmaan along with a umpteen number of Biriyani shops. There are a significant number of wine shops in Puarsawakkam.
Places Of Worship:
Purasai also contains a huge Lutheran church, Adaikalanathar Church, operated under the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC). Other churches include St. Joseph's Church (Vepery High Road near Periamet), St Andrew's church, St. Paul's Church, St. Mathias Church, Emmanuel Methodist, Tamil Methodist, Apostolic Church and Apostolic Fellowship Tabernacle which is one of the biggest congregation in Chennai.
Some of the famous Temples in this area are Gangadeeshwarar Temple, Sumaga Vinayagar (Vandithoti Pilliyar) Temple, Solai Amman Koil and Sri Purushadaniya Parshvanath Jain Temple.
Mosques here include Jumma Masjid and Periamet Mosque.