Agraharam literally means “a garland of houses”.  An agraharam is usually a line of houses on both sides of the road around a temple. As it resembles a garland around the temple it got its name agraharam.

In earlier days these agraharams were occupied by the Brahmins.  It was like a gated community. The residents of the Agraharam were priests and other employees associated with the temple.  As they were practicing and teaching Vedas, an agraharam was also known as Chaturvedimangalam during the early days.

A typical agraharam house comprises a verandah and a line of rooms which are usually called thinnai (verandah), ul-thinnai (drawing room), rezhi (pooja room cum bed room), adukkalai (kitchen) and kottil (work area). Every house will have a small inner court yard to provide light to the rooms.  The houses are constructed in such a way that each house shared the wall with the next house. The houses are adequately ventilated with wooden beams or terracotta tiles for the ceiling and wooden staircases to reach machil (upstairs). The toilets will be located at the far end of the house. The doors connecting each room will be in a straight line facilitating light and air inside the house. The front walls of the verandah will be painted with alternating bands of saffron and white colours.

When the Brahmins started migrating to cities in search of employment, the agraharams started vanishing fast. Most of these row houses have now been converted into concrete houses and commercial buildings.


srinivasan at 29 Jul 2014

Is this month good or bad for shifting house. If not good so harm to rented person or owner of house. Please common view in regards from hindus

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