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An Insight to Pushpagiri - The Past, Present and Future (where our school Tiaano Vidyashrm is situated)

Rewinding centuries

Fossils
The history of Pushpagiri dates back not just in historical years, but in geological time scale. The Tambaram-Sriperumbudur stretch is a treasure trove for fossil enthusiasts. A huge deposit of fossils is waiting to be uncovered here. These fossils are found in a place popularly known as the "Sriperumbudur bed" that comprises parts of Gunduperumbedu, Manimangalam, Mosur, Vallam, Kaavanur and Poonamallee villages. Called "outcrops," the fossils were formed several million years ago. It is said that the fossil remains indicate that about 150 million years ago there were hardly any flowering plants here.The dominant groups were conifers and cycads. These fossils were formed thanks to sedimentation, resulting in what was known as shale beds. (http://hindu.com/2006/08/14/stories/2006081417010100.htm)
Kings, Battles and Historic Temples
The village of Manimangalam, which is around 2.5 km from our school, holds a very high historic importance because of the huge battle fought here between NarasimhavarmaPallava and the Chalukya King Pulikesi II.This event finds a place in the history of South India as the place where NarasimhaVarma Pallava defeated the Chalukyas in the 7th century A.D and retained and re-established the Pallava Empire in Kanchipuram. This fact is mentioned in the copper plates discovered at Kooram. The great historical writer and novelist, Kalki Krishnamurthy has also written about the Manimangalam battle in his book ‘SivagamiyinSabatham’. He describes how MahendraVarmaPallava was injured in the battle at Manimangalam, and how his son NarasimhaVarmaPallava and his trusted lieutenant Paranjoti vanquished Pulikesi’s army. .(http://treasuresoftamilnadu.blogspot.in/2008/12/manimangalam.html)
Manimangalam also has an ancient temple for Lord Shiva called Sri Dharmeswarar. According to the inscriptions, this temple is said to have got constructed by Chozhas. This temple has mentions in the inscriptions as Grama Sikhamani Chathurvedhi Mangalam, belonging to kunrathur Naadu, a division of Puliyur Kottam in the district of Jayamkonda Chozha Mandalam.In ancient days, the lands along with temple were donated by the kings to the Vedic scholars for performing Vedic rituals for the wellbeing of the country. Such villages were called as Chathurvedhi Mangalams. Manimangalam is one such village and was called as GramaSikhamaniChathurvedhiMangalam.The looks and the structure itself show the antiquity of the temple. One can notice many inscriptions along the walls of the temple. Today, this temple is maintained by Archeological Society of India and is protected properly. (http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Manimangalam_Sri_Dharmeswarar)
Another temple of historical importance is the Kailasanathar temple built in A.D 950 by a Telugu Chola King VijayaBaalayaCholan. This temple was worshiped and then renovated by various Kings namely;Raja RajaCholan during A.D 985(Builder of the famous Tanjavur Brahadeeshwarar temple), RajendraCholan in A.D.1014; KulothungaCholan in A.D.1070 as per local inscriptions available. (http://drlsravi.blogspot.in/2011/10/manimangalam-kailasanathar-temple.html)

As We See It Today

The name Pushpagiri is a Sanskrit word meaning “Flower Mountain”, and as the name suggests the place does not disappoint one. Pushpagiri and its surrounding areas look like pictures right out of a postcard, with its rich Flora and fauna and huge natural water bodies and the adjoining hillocks (the Manimangalam lake is the second largest lake in and around Chennai) the microclimate of this region is pleasant, maybe thisis the reason why many birds choose this place as their home.
The famous Vedanthangal Lake Bird Sanctuary in Chennai lies a few kilometres from Pushpagiri. White birds belonging to different families and countries make this place their home. This is one ofIndia’s smallest (29.56 hectares) and oldest in sanctuary.
Vedanthangal houses as many as 40,000 birds from across the globe. The migratory birds include Garganey Teals from Canada, Snake Bird and Glossy Ibis from Sri Lanka, Grey Pelican from Australia, Grey Heron and Open-billed Stork from Bangladesh, Painted Stork from Siberia, and Spoonbill from Burma. One of the first birds to arrive at Vedanthangal is the Open-billed Stork which breeds twice during the same season before leaving the sanctuary. Egrets, Painted Stork, Great Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-headed Ibis, and Grey Heron are also seen in large numbers.
Apparently the “Open-billed Stork” is the symbol of TiaanoVidyashrm and is found on the school’s logo. (click here to know why open billed stork is our inspiration)-add link (http://www.thehindu.com/features/kids/winged-visitors/article4427536.ece)

What future holds

Pushpagiri (TiaanoVidyashrm) is located between two major developing hubs ;Tambaram and Sriperumbudur . With space and cost being a constrain for industrial and technological developments in Chennai, many industries and MNCs have sought refuge in these suburbs.
Sriperambudur
Sriperumbudur is witnessing accelerated pace of Industrial growth. In fact, the demand for land has resulted in a record highest rate of land appreciation in India. MNCs prefer Sriperumbudur to set up industrial units.
The efforts taken by the State government in making Sriperumbudur a key industrial hub has finally paid off. Skilled manpower, fast improving infrastructure, overall development of the area, pro-active support as well as co-operation extended by the Tamil Nadu government for all new industrial investments has been attracting major industrial units across the world.
The Sriperumbudur SIPCOT industrial estate houses manufacturing units of leading companies like Flextronics, Motorola, Samsung, Ford, Hyundai, Hindustan Motors, Mitsubishi, BMW and the Nokia plant. Global computer major Dell is planning to set up a plant here. (http://www.madrasi.info/sriperumbudur.html)
Tambaram
During the Carnatic wars in the late 17th century, Tambaram was a mere entrenchment camp for the Britisher’s trade arm “East India Company”. Three centuries later, Tambaram has come a long way in establishing its own identity.
Tambaram is very popular because of the existence of world-renowned Madras Christian College (a prestigious 175 year old institution), IAF training centre, and the first commissioned suburban trains from Tambaram to Beach. Nowadays almost all trains to southern parts of Tamil Nadu start only from Tambaram. This Municipal Town is also proud of being home to a number of industrial units established at the Madras Export Processing Zone (MEPZ). The units in the MEPZ export various items to several foreign countries thereby earning foreign exchange for the country. The Tambaram market continues to cater to the requirement of scores of villages far and wide, Tambaram truly is the southern gateway to Chennai.
Tambaram is witnessing a growth in recent years that it had never seen in its entire history, which dates back to the Megalithic age. With a population of nearly two lakh, Tambaram is turning into a satellite town. Better connectivity, availability of basic services including potable water, sanitation, accommodation and hospitals,Tambaram is an ideal place to settle.Tambaram has eased the pressure of the Chennai city in housing, education, healthcare and transport. There is a largescale internal migration from city to the outskirts around Tambaram. (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-10-05/chennai/28220874_1_tambaram-municipality-e-mani-vision-document)

Birds soar high and upward effortlessly with their wide wings spread out in the blue sky.

They are generally seen in Tambaram – Sriperambutur belt including Pushpagiri, an area where our school is located. These birds are seen particularly during November to January after the cyclonic North east monsoon settles down.
Rapid urbanization and industrialization, has threatened the migration of these birds. As a progressive school we intend to create awareness and take proactive measures through our students, teachers and fellow citizens to see that these open billed storks’ existence is assured for future generation to draw inspiration.
Our logo is a symbolic representation of
  • Boundless spirit
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Progressive outlook
  • Selfless commitment symbolised by the pristine white bird
  • Peaceful coexistence symbolised by the blue sky