An Overview of Chennai
Chennai boasts of rich historical legacy which lends an inexplicable charm to the city. The Portuguese arrived here in the 16th century and were followed by the Dutch, and East India Company. The British were able to establish their undisputed supremacy in the city and the Fort St George became the nucleus around which the British authority grew and expanded.The flourishing economy of the city is credited to its key industries – automobile, software services, hardware manufacturing, petrochemicals, textiles and financial services. Chennai is popularly known as ‘Gateway to South India’ and it is well connected internationally and to other parts of India via different modes of transport (source).
Chennai is one of the fourth metropolitan cities of India and is also the capital of Tamil Nadu. This has brought many people to the city, from the all the corners of the nation. This influx can be attributed to the cosmopolitan character of the city which has given rise to a number of different languages being spoken. However, English is most widely spoken and is also preferred as the official language in Chennai. But, the major as well as the primary language of Chennai is Tamil.
Tamil is also the mother tongue of the region and is majorly spoken by the native people. The Tamil language is an amalgamation of Tamil and English and also contains some words from Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi-Urdu. The people of Chennai are greatly in love with their mother tongue and prefer speaking the same. Tamil has accommodated words, grammar and suffixes from varied languages to invent new words (source).
Religion in Chennai
Chennai’s over 6 million population is made up of mostly Hindus (84%), followed by Muslims (8%), Christians (7%), Jains (1%) and other religious communities. Chennai prides itself on being a living city of unity in diversity (source).
Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?
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