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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. The body of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and MGR's protégé J. Jayalalithaa is also buried at this site.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. When J. Jayalalitha died on 5 December,2016, she was buried next to MGR. 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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  • One of the busiest and main attraction in Chennai. Most of the people who visiting Chennai never failed to visit this memorials of Ex-Chief Ministers MGR and Jayalalithaa to pay their homage to their ...  more »
  • MGR memorial along with newly constructed Jayalalitha memorial is the busiest place in Marina Beach. Thousands of followers visit this place every day to pay respect to their loved leader. A place to ...  more »
  • This is the place where everyone should visit while visiting Chennai. This is the place where the famous actor and former Chief Minister was buried. This place was constructed in the memory of him. Th...  more »
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  • I liked as I was having evening stroll along the beach. It was pretty relaxing. Although the place could be pretty crowded and smelly these days. Reaching there by public transit could be cheap but not comfortable. Visit here with no expectation other than beach and tasting street food.
  • Perfect place with. Park and sea view. Really perfect place to relax your evening with fresh air. Near by marina beach
  • Nice place for jogging early morning in de beach road. Love to breath fresh air. Nostalgic
  • Good place to relax for a whole day. Nice to see that memorial place Located at north end of Marina beach with a wonderful arch.
  • U have both amma n mgr grave there..... Museum is good....U get to see a lot of things which are used by mgr n also many other things...... It's huge place occupied next to the beach.... So u can jump into the beach for some good breeze....

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