Monday, 27 February 2017

BLACK TOWN BOUNDARY PILLAR, MADI POONGA ( TERRACE GARDEN ) AND EMDEN BOMBARDED INSCRIPTION PLAQUE, GEORGE TOWN, CHENNAI - PULICAT HERITAGE VISIT

25th February 2017.
When I posted my previous visit on 13th March 2016 to PULICAT  photographs on Facebook, Mr Venkatesh wished to do once again, covering  some more  Historical important places. In this visit the left out MINT WALK mint walk,  a part of local history on Madras Black Town,   sites of   Esplanade Boundary pillar and Madi Poonga  are Covered before the break fast at Murugan Idly shop opposite to Armenian Church on Armenian Street. In addition to this Self and Ms Nivedita Louis  had seen the Emden Bombardment  inscription on the east side wall of Madras High Court.

BLACK TOWN ( SOUTH SIDE ) BOUNDARY PILLAR AT ESPLANADE, CHENNAI.
To have the clear view of firings from St. George Fort against invaders, Britishers, razed down the settlement in the present High court area and erected 6 Pillars during the year 1773 AD   ( Some body claims 13 pillars ) along the present NSC Bose Road.  The Present Chenna Kesava Perumal  and Chenna Malleeswarar temples were also shifted for which land and money for construction  was given by the Britishers. Indians are allowed to construct beyond these boundary stones One such Pillar still remains at left side of Dare House, presently called as Parry Building. From 1911AD, the Black Town was renamed after King George V as 
George Town, in honor of  his crowing  as Emperor of India. 

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EMDEN BOMBARDED MEMORY INSCRIPTION TABLET
The “Emden”, a 3600 tone German Ship fitted with 22 guns bombarded Madras City on 22nd September 1914, leaving 3 dead and 13 injured from 2.5 Km off the shore. The aim of this mission was to destroy the commercial ship, oil storage  vessels at Madras Port. It shoots the buildings on the shore also.  Some people claims that freedom fighter Dr Senbagaraman was with Emden Ship during bombardment, there is no evidence to prove the same.   

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MADI POONGA ( TERRACE GARDEN )
This park was created during 1968 by the Chennai Corporation on the  remaining part of the old north side of the boundary wall of Black Town.  The partially completed 3.5 miles wall with 17 bastions and 7 gates ( The seven gates of the wall are the Boatman Gate near Port Trust quarters, Pulley Gate near the road leading to Royapuram, Tiruvottriyur Gate next to Stanley Hospital, Ennore Gate near Mint, Elephant Gate, Chucklers' Gate near the Gujarati choultry and Hospital Gate near the General Hospital)  was constructed during 1772AD. 

Paul Benfield who constructed the Chepauk palace was constructed this also. This was constructed to protect the City from the French and Hyder Ali with enough clear space to keep cannon to fire ( The Cannon is now kept in side the PWD workshop on the old Jail Road, probably taken from the wall ). It was proposed to levy Tax for using the road along the wall which was objected by  the public, so the same was dropped. But still the Wall Tax Road reminds the same.  

The wall might be more than 60 feet thick and about 12 feet high. The park was created by the Chennai Corporation. The oldest inscription found belongs to 1957 AD.  The other part of the wall was demolished and utilized for City’s expansion.  

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7 comments:

  1. Sir, can you please post the history of TTD Temple at T.Nagar?thanks aditya

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  2. Will get the details and post it Ramesh. Thanks for the reminder. Sure, will take up..
    thanks and regards

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  3. Thanks for your response, sir. There is also a temple called Mallikeswarar temple in Ashok Nagar Metro Station. A sidhar called thopasamy had meditated there. Presumably 400-500 years old but many people don't know. It is also worth visiting. Thanks, Aditya

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    1. Thanks Ramesh, When I was at Ashok Nagar between 1996 to 2002, I used to visit both Malleeswarar and Anjaneyar Temples. Hope I had taken some photos before construction of the rajagopuram. i will find out and post'
      Thanks and regads

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