Who was Krishnappa Naicken? Did he endow this large waterbody in George Town? And is the teppakulam for the adjoining Kasi Viswanatha Swami temple? Did Krishnappa build that temple too? When was it built? All these are questions I would like answers for.
But all I can say is that this is not the way a tank like this ought to be maintained and that too in these days of rainwater harvesting and increased awareness about water conservation.The area around this is called the Krishnappa Naicken Tank Square.
In Carnatic Music this place holds historic significance for this is where Salem Meenakshi lived and it was to teach her daughters Papa and Radha that Tiruvayyaru Subramania Iyer came to Madras and stayed in her outhouse for 12 long years. Thereby becoming Patnam Subramania Iyer. Many years later, this was where the great Banni Bai lived too.
Not far from here is the George Town Cooperative Bank, one of the oldest cooperative banks in the country and a direct outcome of the successful implementation of that method of banking by Sir Frederick Nicholson, in the early 1900s.