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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, South India. The Museum complex consisting of six buildings and 46 galleries covers an area of around 16.25 acres (66,000 m²) of land. 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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Egmore ,Chennai
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Chennai Egmore is a railway station in Egmore, Chennai, South India. The station acts as the arrival and departure point for trains connecting Chennai and southern, central Tamil Nadu and Kerala

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Times of India
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:52:30 -0700

Chennai: Vehicular traffic on the arterial Anna Salai and several roads connecting to it was affected after students of Deena Dayal Medical College in Tiruvallur staged a protest near the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University at Guindy here on Wednesday ...

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:45 -0700

In 2004, when Lydie Vranken Abdulla, a native of Belgium, first came to Chennai, there were only about five buildings from Sholinganallur to Kelambakkam. In the 10 years since, the city has grown along with her restaurant on ECR. Mrs. Abdulla is part ...
Times of India
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:40:45 -0700

The 2015 edition of the Aircel Chennai Open will mark 20 years since the very first game was played in India and the organisers are all set to celebrate the occasion with a host of activities in Chennai. The event is scheduled to be held at Chennai's ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0700

They had reached Tiruttani by bus and boarded a train to Chennai. The young assailant hopped on to the coach as the train was pulling out of the railway station. "The women did not find anything amiss as he behaved like a passenger and took a seat ...


Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:18:45 -0700

Chennai: Chennai is gearing up to celebrate its 375th birthday, popularly called Madras Day on the 22nd August. Already week long activities have begun, celebrating the colonial heritage of one of India's oldest Metropolitans. It was on August 22nd in ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:15:00 -0700

CHENNAI: Four men, who were sleeping in a plastic godown at Thiruverkadu near here, were charred to death in a fire that broke out in the wee hours of Thursday. Police said Amar and Raji from Odisha, Raghu of Tiruchendure and Sharath Kumar from ...
The Hindu
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:51:06 -0700

Team Chennai was confirmed as the 8th team for the Hero Indian Super League here on Thursday. The ownership details were not announced before the start of the international-players draft, but the team would be represented by Prashant Agarwal of Play ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:24:55 -0700

Reigning Australian Open and defending Aircel Chennai Open champion Stan Wawrinka is likely to return to Chennai for the 2015 edition which will be held from January 5 to 11. It will be the 29-year-old Swiss's seventh consecutive visit to the city. The ...

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