Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, is associated with Chennai. In 1996, the Tamilnadu government renamed Madras to Chennai providing the reason that 'Chennai' was the city's traditional name while Madras was one derived during colonial rule.
He is said to have come to India as an evangelist and died in what is now Chennai. Madras is derived from Madraspatnam, a name given to the area when the British negotiated settling there with Damerla Venkatapathy Nayakudu.
It is on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal and has the second longest beachfront of any municipality in the world.
Long the site of earlier coastal settlements, Madras was founded in 1639 when the British East India Company (represented by Francis Day and Andrew Cogan and aided by a local translator Beri Thimappa) was granted land to build a trading settlement by the local Telugu ruler (Nayak) of the suburb of Vandavasi, Damerla Venkatapathy Naidu on his father's name Damerla Chennappa Naidu.
In 1580, Ibrahim Qutb Shah of Golkonda invaded Kondavidu. George fort in the present day Chennai, for which the permission was granted by Damarla Venkatadri Nayakudu,the local palegar of that area ,under the condition that area is to be named in the honour of his father Muthuraja chennapa nayakudu as muthuraja chennapatanam.
Later he took the Udayagiri Fort and began to massacre the locals. The East India Company in brief named the area as madras[madras is a corrupt form of muthuraj]. Some elder population still refer to the city as Madras but the name Chennai has caught up with much of the population.
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Expressing concern over the impact of a prolonged political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the country's leadership to work towards a long-lasting political solution to the crisis on the basis of a regional roadmap agreed in September this year.Please plunge forward, give it your attention and help it improve! Please use the article's talk page to ask questions if you are not sure why this tag was added and whether it is safe to remove it.Chennai (Tamil:சென்னை) , formerly known as Madras, this 369-year-old city is the capital of the southern state of Tamilnadu and is India's sixth-largest city in terms of population with an estimated population of 7.45 million (2005).Not only did I notice and feel the difference but my golf buddies did also.
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The origin of the name is from Muthuraja Chennappa Nayakudu as Chennapatnam.