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The Chennai Portal

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Chennai (Tamil: சென்னை IPA: [ˈtʃɛnnəɪ], formerly known as About this sound Madras , is the fourth largest metropolitan area of India and the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai had a population of 4.2 million in the 2001 census within its municipal corporation.[1] The urban agglomeration of Chennai has an estimated population over 8 million[2], making it one of the largest urban agglomerations in India.

The city was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.

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Museum theatre, Government Museum, Egmore, Chennai

Government Museum, established in 1851, is located in Egmore, Chennai. It is the second oldest museum in India. The Museum complex consisting of six buildings and 46 galleries covers an area of around 16.25 acres (66,000 m²) of land. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. Many of the buildings within the Museum campus, including the colossal Museum Theatre, are over 100 years old. The National Art Gallery is also present in the museum premises. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, it houses rare works of artists like Raja Ravi Varma. The objects displayed in the museum cover a variety of artifacts and objects covering diverse fields including archeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings.

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Elaborate carvings on the temple gopuram
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The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for Sri Vedhavalli Thayaar, Sri Ranganatha, Sri Rama, Sri Varadharajar Swamy, the beautiful Narasimha (as Azagiyasingar), Sri Andal, Sri Anjaneya, Alwars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. There are separate Dwajasthambams (flag) and entrances for Lord Parthasarathy and Lord Narasimha. The gopuram and mandaps (pillars) are decorated with beautiful elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture

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Sun, 24 May 2015 00:18:45 -0700

Chennai's early season form was based on their barnstorming opening pair of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith. However, McCullum is at Lord's playing a Test against England and Smith has turned has transformed into a walking wicket, leaving CSK ...


Sat, 23 May 2015 05:17:25 -0700

Kolkata: Star left-hander Suresh Raina feels that Chennai Super Kings' stupendous success as the most consistent team in the eight editions of Indian Premier League cricket tournament should be attributed to their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ...


Fri, 22 May 2015 22:25:17 -0700

Rajinikanth attends Jayalalithaa's swearing in as Tamil Nadu chief minister at Madras University. (Press Trust of India). Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth's presence at J Jayalalithaa's oath ceremony in Chennai today was seen as more than neighbourly ...


Sat, 23 May 2015 01:07:32 -0700

To be fair, Chennai were not at their best through the chase. Hussey's innings was vital and he played some glorious shots, reminiscent of the days when he was the best finisher in world cricket. But Chennai huffed and puffed, and had it not been for ...
The Hindu
Sat, 23 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

A premium express train between Patna and Bangalore Cantonment through Chennai Central has been launched. Train 22353 will leave Patna at 11.30 p.m. on Thursdays on May 28, June 4, 11, 18 and 25. It will leave Chennai at 1.30 p.m. on the ...

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The Hindu
Sat, 23 May 2015 19:26:15 -0700

The prices of several vegetables are steadily increasing owing to low yield in other States from where Chennai gets its main supply. The soaring mercury level and water scarcity have affected produce, traders say. R.Latha of Mogappair, says she is now ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 23 May 2015 12:41:15 -0700

With many of the 45 new Amma canteens starting trial run on Saturday, the Chennai Corporation is expected to open them on Sunday. The number of visitors to the existing 207 canteens also increased in most of the 15 zones in the city on Saturday ...


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Thu, 21 May 2015 01:25:44 -0700

"In recent times there has been a spate of media reports on Essar acquiring Nokia's Chennai plant. Essar confirms that it is no longer pursuing the deal," the Essar Group said in a statement on Thursday, without giving any reasons for dropping out of ...

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