Golden Rock Shandy

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Golden Rock Shandy
Location Ponmalai
Coordinates 10°47′11″N 78°43′38″E / 10.7865°N 78.7272°E / 10.7865; 78.7272Coordinates: 10°47′11″N 78°43′38″E / 10.7865°N 78.7272°E / 10.7865; 78.7272
Address Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli
Tamil Nadu
Opening date 1926; 93 years ago (1926)
Developer British Raj
Parking Mixed

Golden Rock Shandy is a market square at Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India.


This weekly shandy was established in 1926 during the British regime to supply household essentials to residents of the colony who were mostly employees of railways and their families, living far away from the heart of Tiruchi city.[1]

Though being a farmers' market, it initially supplied vegetables only, as the population of colony grew it also started supplying all kinds of dry goods and wet goods including consumables, metalwares, pots, clothing, furnitures, meat, fish, poultry, livestock and electronic gadgets and miscellaneous items.[1][2]


Initially, the market would be bustling every fortnight and on Sundays from dawn to dusk because the railway employees were paid salaries in cash twice in a month. When the fortnight payment system was scrapped and salaries were given in cash the 3rd day of each month, the market was conducted only on those days, abandoning the biweekly schedule. For the past few years, the market has been open only on Sundays, as the employees' salaries were credited directly into bank accounts.[3]


Being almost a one-stop shop, it witnesses about 30,000 consumers from various parts of the district including BHEL Township, OFT, K. K. Nagar, Ponmalaipatti, Ariyamangalam, Kattur, Melakalkandarkottai, Kilakalkandarkottai and Kottapattu.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Deepika Muralidharan (6 January 2014). "Tiruchi's Golden Rock shandy still holds its charm". The Hindu. Tiruchi. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Syed Muthahar Saqaf; M. Balaganessin (14 February 2010). "Well-patronised shandy short of facilities". The Hindu. Tiruchi. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b R Gokul (19 February 2013). "Golden Rock Sunday market needs a facelift". The Times of India. Madurai. Retrieved 17 February 2014.

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