Happy birthday, Chennai!

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 20th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It's located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal.

Chennai ranks as the world's 36th largest metropolitan area and the 5th most populous city in India.

The city of Chennai, originally known as Chennapattinam celebrates its 371st birthday on 22nd August 2011.

Chennai is Madras is Madarasapatinam is Chennapattinam

Chennai, also formerly known as Madras or Madarasapatinam, was founded in 1639.

That was when the British East India Company was granted land to build a trading settlement by the local ruler (Nayak) of the suburb of Vandavasi, Damerla Venkatapathy Nayak.

The land grant document was dated 22 August 1639, and hence Chennai is known to have been founded on that day. So every August 22 is the Chennai Day.

Don't miss visiting the great old Museum on Pantheon road, where you can explore the exquisite collection of more than 2000 Indian bronzes and Amaravathi marbles besides another large treasure of Hindu sculpture gallery and the National art gallery.

Visiting hours : Tuesday to Saturday From 09.30 to 17.00 hrs.

Chennai is also known for the Fort Museum displaying the documents of Indian history, old uniforms, coins, padlocks, old prints and palanquins. Also you can witness a collection of paintings of the Governors and officials of the British regime.

Visiting hours : Saturday to Thursday From 10.00 to17.00 hrs.

Chennai Central and Egmore

Chennai Central, known as Gateway of the South is the main railway terminus, is the most important rail hub in South India. Train jouney in India is entralling as you pass through the changing topography of the country.

If you prefer rail journey,then this is the place you should go for travelling to New Delhi, Tirupati, Bhopal, Lucknow, Jaipur, Mumbai, Patna, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysore.

There is another important railway station in Chennai at Egmore. The Chennai Egmore terminus is the hub for trains connecting Chennai and southern, central Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Its architecture is a mixed delight of Mogul, Gothic and renaissance styles.

The monumental towers

Tamilnadu has a plethora of religious monumental temple towers, called Gopurams or Gopura.

A gopuram is an unsually ornate architectural elevation having a confluence of images from Indian mythology especially at the entrance of the temples and also over the main temple.

In the above picture of a Gopuram of Kapaleeswara Temple, you can observe the details of the marvelous mythological images harmoniously fused to present a feast to the eye that curiously looks into the depths of beautiful sculpture.

Travelers who visit Chennai also often prefer to visit Thanjavur, Madurai, Chidambaram and Tiruchy to satisfy their hunger for ancient architecture of ornate Gopurams of Tamilnadu.

The classical dance Bhrathanatyam

A large number of folk dances are performed in Chennai on every possible occasion, to celebrate the seasons, weddings and festivals.

Chennai, even though being a modern city, nurtures the ancient culture and art forms of India. The classical dance, Bharata Natyam or Bharatanatyam, the national dance of India, is performed in every dance festival in Chennai and Mamallapuram.

Image credits:
Chennai Museum: By fr:Utilisateur:Nataraja (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons
Chennai Central Railway Station: By GNU Free Documentation License from Wikimedia Commons
Kapaleeswara temple Gopuram detail: Creative Commons Attribution from Wikimedia
Bharatanatyam at Sridevi Nrithyalaya: By Sri Devi Nrithyalaya (http://www.sridevinrithyalaya.org/gallery2.html) , via Wikimedia Commons

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

How very beautiful, thank you Rathnashikamani...

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

You can have easily wowed tourists into your beautiful country, dear friend, with that well presented article. Congrats on the star page.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

thanks for sharing knowledge about chennai...

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Superb article and worthy of its shiny star. Happy Birthday, Chennai! (Amma has a Brahmasthanam temple there, too and an ashram and computer institute). ;-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Absolutely spot-on! I love the photos too, especially the cultural dance photo and the glorious temple - with all that DETAIL -Wow!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful article Rathnashikamani. Great pictures too. Thank you.

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author avatar jayababy
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Chennai means beauty. Its my favorite place especially shopping on the Pondy Bazaar Roads. Aw wonderful share.

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author avatar Maria Malone
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Such an interesting and wonderful place, thank you for sharing this!

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author avatar ppruel
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

WoW! Awesome place, the whole about it - beautiful descriptions with fantastic photos. Congrats dude.

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Aug 2011 (#)

Stunning and informative page, my friend. Well achieved Star status..

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author avatar Tim Crosswell
28th Aug 2011 (#)

Though I have been to Chennai twice but could not manage to explore much. read you article, its great. Thanks

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Great article, Rath. The temple architecture is just stunning. I would love to visit there someday. Thank you for sharing...

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author avatar koushik
14th Sep 2011 (#)

Very well written article. Am from singaara Chennai as well and new to wikinut! Interesting read!

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