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MGR Memorial, Chennai (Madras)

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MGR memorial is a memorial structure built on the Marina beach in Chennai, India. It was built in memory of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. G. Ramachandran. Spread over 8.25 acres, the memorial is located adjacent to the Anna Memorial and has the highest footfall on the seafront.HistoryThe memorial was built in 1988 and was inaugurated by Janaki Ramachandran, wife of M. G. Ramachandran, in May 1990. The memorial was remodelled and the whole complex was laid with marbles and opened in 1992 by J. Jayalalitha when she became the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu the previous year. This structure was designed by Architect Mr. K. Ramachandran, retired chief architect of PWD, Tamil Nadu. Between 1996 and 1998, the mausoleum was again renovated at a cost of about 27.5 million. After the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the seafront in December 2004, the memorial was affected. Repair works were taken up at the cost of about 13.3 million.In 2012, the memorial was again renovated at a cost of 43 million, including 34 million for remodelling the facade and the wall around the memorial. The renovation included a new entrance sporting AIADMK party's two-leaves symbol and Pegasus, the horse from Greek mythology, landscaping the open area around the memorial using Korean grass, and planting exotic decorative plants such as palmyra alpha, date palm, spider lily and atinium, a granite pathway shaped like a massive guitar in the middle of the memorial, stainless steel handles around the memorial, a fountain in the middle, waterfall at the rear, decorative lamps, and an overhead tower with lights both at the entrance and on the arch. Two pergolas having 18-metre width have also been constructed, in addition to ramps for the physically challenged.
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  • This memorial is dedicated to the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. M.G. Ramachandran and charming actor.This is a famous place near marina beach.Fans of MGR must visit it.  more »
  • Built on the famed Marina beach, this is just a memorial for the late politician MG Ramachandran aka MGR. Nothing much exciting for those who do not know MGR or who are from other parts of India.  more »
  • In the hustle and bustle of Chennai, the place is almost like an oasis and gives you a lot of peace of mind. It is quiet and well maintained and has been designed well. It is certainly worth a visit.  more »
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  • If you go to the beautiful Marina beach, you will see MGR memorial, which is a memorial structure built in memory of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. G. Ramachandran. A Beautiful place, but not quite.
  • In memory of a great actor director and a politician. M.G.Ramachandran.Nice ambience.Neat and tidy.But it gets a bit crowded occasionally.I saw people keeping their ear on the Marble to hear some voice.I tried it my self but couldn't hear anything.
  • Atho antha paravai pole para vendum.
  • When I thought of visiting for the first time, I feel like I would be at normal park with some facilities such as kids play area etc. as provided in general at park. However, when I saw the memorial structure within park, it was unique, creative and suggesting respect for the great warriors, socialist etc. Apart from this, there is ample space to rest, has madras university with ancient structure and clean road and well regulated area around the park. One can also give visit to Marina Beach to refresh your mind.
  • A well maintained memorial of Bharat Ratna Dr. M.G. Ramachandran, Former chief minister of tamilnadu.