27th August 2016
On 27th August 2016, we, 12 history and heritage enthusiasts started our journey to explore the temples and heritage sites on the banks of river ADYAR from its start point. The group was led by the historian Mr Venkatesh and stalwarts Mrs Padmapriya Baskaran, Mr Shaswath, Mr Gopu and Mr T K Krishnakumar. Also the young guide Mr Nandan too joined with us and explained St Thomas and Garisson church. There are more than 100 tanks/ lakes contributes water to the river Adyar of which the Chembarambakkam lake contributes to about 30%. There are many temples and historical important sites on the banks of river Adyar, of which we could cover only few in this trip and lot more to go… I request my readers to pardon me for the poor quality of the photos due to cloudy and some times drizzling. Started from T.Nagar and our first stop was at Saidapet Maraimalai Adikal Bridge at saidapet.
The popularly known Saidapet bridge was constructed by an Armenian Community trader by the name Coja Petrus Uscan, who was born in 1680 and died in Madras in the year 1751. He had immense wealth, kind hearted and he was very loyal to the British during French Occupation of Madras, the present Chennai. In 1728 he constructed the Marmalong bridge which connects the Guindy and Mambalam in those days at a cost of 30,000 pagodas, also he donated the full amount of 1500 pagodas to the maintenance. A stone slab with inscriptions in four languages on the north end of the bridge, of which one inscription is not visible.
The original bridge was replaced by a new bridge during the year 1966 with pre-stressed concrete slabs. The length of the bridge is 770 meters. The bridge is supported by 12 pillars spaced at an average span of 60 feet. The foot path is 10 feet on both sides. The bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs 42.5 lakhs by Highways and Rural Department.
THE LOCATION OF THE BRIDGE :CLICK HERE
To be continued ……..