Chennai, also known as Madras,
the fourth largest city in India and the capital of Tamilnadu.
The city sprawls over more than 70 square km. The population
of Chennai is 5.9 million. Many of the Indian languages are
spoken in Chennai, though the main language of Chennai is
Tamil. For travelers with an interest in the colonial history
of India, Chennai has much worth exploring and abundant transport
operations make other parts of the country readily accessible.
An ancient Shiva temple, is the biggest temple in Chennai.
A masterpiece of Dravidian style and displays the architectural
elements - gopurams, mandapams and a tank. There are some
fragmentary inscriptions dating back to 1250 AD.
Temple, devoted to Lord Krishna, was originally built by the
Pallavas in the 8th century and renovated in the 16th century
bt the Vijayanagars. It houses the five 'avatars' of Lord
Vishnu, and has a small temple shrine dedicated to Vishnu's
consort, Vedavalli Ammai. It's one of the oldest surviving
temple in Chennai.