Thiruvallikeni is situated about 5 km from Chennai Egmore Railway Station
in Chennai District
. One of the 108 Divya Desams
is situated here. Prime attraction is the Parthasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu
, believed to have been built by Pallava Kings.
Thiruvallikeni was once known for its dense groves which is well depicted in the songs of Thirumangai Aazhwar. In the Puranas it is called Brindharanyam ('Brindham' meaning 'Tulsi' and 'Aaranyam' meaning 'Forest') because of the abundant Tulsi plants that surrounded this area. It was a place where the ponds or Keni were filled with Lilies and hence it got the name Thiruvallikeni. This place is also called Second Tirupati.
Chennai International Airport is the nearest airport.