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71/365 – Puducherry

Country: India
Districts: 4
Established: 1 July 1963
Capital: Pondicherry
Largest city: Pondicherry
Lt. Governor: Iqbal Singh
Chief Minister: N. Rangaswamy (AINRC)
Legislature (seats): Unicameral (30)
Population: 1,244,464
Density: 2,529 /km2 (6,550 /sq mi)
Official languages: Tamil, French, Telugu, Malayalam
Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30)
Area: 492 km2 (190 sq mi)

Puducherry (formerly Pondichéry or Pondicherry) is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry.

In September 2006, the territory changed its official name from Pondicherry to the original, Puducherry, which means “New village” in the Tamil language. The territory is called புதுச்சேரி or பாண்டிச்சேரி in Tamil, or “Pondichéry” in French. It is also known as The French Riviera of the East.

History
The History of Puducherry can be traced back to the 2nd century. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, of the early 2nd century, mentions a marketplace named Poduke (ch. 60), which G.W.B. Huntingford identified as possibly being Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam), about 2 miles from the modern Pondicherry. Huntingford further notes that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937, and archeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was “a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century AD”.

Official Symbols of Puducherry

On April 16, 2007, The Government of Puducherry announced that the following to be its state symbol:[5]
State Bird: Koel
State Animal: Squirrel
State Flower: cannonball tree’s flower
State Tree: Bael Fruit Tree

Tourist spots
Puducherry Beach
Auroville
Aurobindo Ashram
Chunnambar Boat House
Bharathi Park
Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple
Navagraha Temple
Panchavatee
Sri Prithyingara Devi Temple

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puducherry

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