Madras Day: Journey from Madras to Chennai on 379th birthday

Published: 22nd August 2018 02:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2018 08:54 PM  

Madras Day is celebrated on 22 August every year and marks the founding day of Chennai (Madras). The date has its significance in history as this was the day in 1639 when East India Company purchased Madraspatnam or Chennapatnam. As Chennai turns 379 lets have a look at how things changed over the years. (File | EPS)
Bank of Madras was one of the three Presidency Banks and the first government bank set up by the British. The bank was merged with the other Presidency banks in 1921 and is now known as State Bank of India. (File | EPS)
Madras-E-Azam is a 200-year old Government Madrasa-E-Azam School for Boys on Anna Salai has been demolished to make way for a new structure in 2017. It started its decay in 2001 and started falling apart. (File | EPS)
The Parthasarathy Temple is an 8-th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is said to be a resting place for pilgrims from Tirumala. The presiding deity is Lord Venkatakrishnan (Parthasarathy). (File | EPS)
The Chennai municipal Corporation or Corporation of Madras was founded in 1688 under King James. Corporation of Madras is the oldest municipal body of the Commonwealth of Nations outside Great Britain and second oldest civic body after London. (File | EPS)
The Madras Christian college is a Liberal Arts and Science college of Chennai. It started off as a Boy's school and by the mid-19th century it became a pioneer educational institute. (File | EPS)
Moore Market is designed in the Indo Saracenic style and is located behind Chennai's Central station. It has an array of old books and electronic items to offer. (File | EPS)
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