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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  • September 26, 2017
    This memorial is located close to the beach. It is well maintained and is visited by people of all walks of life. People visit this memorial to pay homage to their leader (MGR).  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    for travellers who visit chennai , it is a landmark place. it is a good walking place and playful place for kids during weekdays.  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    Has a vast garden around the structure and makes the structure look greeny and fresh. Facing towards the beach makes it more interesting.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Perfect place with. Park and sea view. Really perfect place to relax your evening with fresh air. Near by marina beach
  • July 9, 2017
    Nice place for jogging early morning in de beach road. Love to breath fresh air. Nostalgic
  • July 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 5, 2017
    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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