MGR Memorial, Chennai (Madras)

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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  • This is the resting site of two prominent ex Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers. Firstly, you will arrive at MGR's burial site. You will find a unique practice here (sometimes funny as well). People will plac...  more »
  • MGR Memorial was constructed in memory of late Ramachandran, Chief Minister of Tamil nadu on the sea shore of Bengal sea. Nearby Annadurai memorial is there. This year they have constructed Late Jayal...  more »
  • A lovely serene place near Marina beach. For the beautiful view, visit in the morning before sunrise and enjoy the rising sun.  more »
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  • A Simple Structural Beauty. Peaceful atmosphere. Well maintained and clean. You could feel the Tamil people's love towards those great personalities when you visit the place. Good place to visit with your family or friends. Best time to visit is after 5 when the atmosphere isn't that hot.
  • Monumental and historic. Great place for evening hangouts. Adjacent to marina beach. Has a nice feel and easily accessible by public transport. Small food joints and tapas are located nearby serving local delicacies.
  • This visit was filled with surprises to me.. People often talk of rumors but this one came to be true.. The tickling sound of clock and heart beats coming out from the tomb of Dr. MGR was really shocking and surprising. I suggest to the tourists when ever you're going to visit this place for sure and try to hear these sounds.
  • This visit was filled with surprises to me.. People often talk of rumors but this one came to be true.. The tickling sound of clock and heart beats coming out from the tomb of Dr. MGR was really shocking and surprising. I suggest to the tourists when ever you're going to visit this place for sure and try to hear these sounds.
  • Serene and Beautiful, you can feel the tranquility. Being nearer to sea, you can enjoy sunrise at this place. Best time to visit is in the morning. There is a local bus stand near this place. You can also get cabs and autos.

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