Location of Arakkonam
Arakkonam is located in the district of Vellore about 69 kilometres from the state capital of Chennai. The name of the town Arakkonam is derived from the Tamil term 'Aaru konam' which signifies hexagon.
History of Arakkonam
The ancient name of this town was Arunthamizh Kundram. The name was so chosen because it has six important places on its six sides. The other towns, which are located at a short distance from this town, include Tiruttani, Kanchipuram, Sholingur and Tiruvalangadu.
Demography of Arakkonam
According to the Population census in the year 2011, Arakkonam is 82,500.
Culture of Arakkonam
The languages by most of the people of this town are Tamil and Telegu. Hindi is not a very prevalent language of this town but due to the presence of military establishments in some areas some speaks it. Arakkonam is also regarded as the second largest naval base in Asia.
Education of Arakkonam
One of the oldest schools in the India called Andrew's High School is located in the town of Arakkonam. Strength of this school is about 3000. Another popular school called Bharathidasanar Matriculation School is famous all over for producing great talents. People from even the remotest corners of the state come to the town of Arakkonam to study in this popular school. The popular colleges of this town include Krishna Polytechnic, Jaya Arts and Science College, Arakkonam College of Arts and Science, which offer a host of under-graduate and graduate programs in different disciplines. Brilliant students from the town of Arakkonam have secured admissions to many reputed engineering institutions and medical colleges throughout the state and at the national and international level as well. The recreation and amusement centers like theatres and shopping places in this town are of mere average quality. It is because of the sheer talent of the inhabitants of Arakkonam that the town is growing at a very rapid pace.
Arakkonam is also regarded as one of the important railway junctions in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent. The unique sounds associated with the railways contribute significantly to the lives of the inhabitants residing here. Even the common mass who are not associated with the railways in many ways are familiar with the technical terms used by the railway men. The Engineering Workshop (EWS) also believed to be one of the biggest workshops of the railways situated in this town. Arakkonam is a constituency of the Indian Parliament as well as a Tamil Nadu state assembly.
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