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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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  • I did the mistake of visiting this memorial on sunday. It was crowded like anything. Construction is good and it maintained properly.  more »
  • visited the MGR memorial at chennai. fantastic construction. remembering the achiever. good thought.  more »
  • It is on Marina Beach. A place for all people of Tamilnadu and World. Very peaceful and quiet. Beautiful place and maintained nicely.  more »
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  • 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....
  • Great Architecture but poorly maintained. The police barricades placed there are of very poor taste for such a nice monument. They can do better.
  • Visited this in crowdy evening. It feels good to visit memorial of great leaders. Its in Marina beach and its better to carry some food items and water with you because all thr people are not comfortable with beach food and water is must. You'll have lots of option to have dinner just 10 minutes away from marina. Its good to visit in evening only since its an open place.
  • Famous actor and former Chief minister memorial. Maintained well. Evening times fully crowded.
  • Lots of inconvenience to the public. People have to move out to the road from one Memorial to another one, though there is a easy way to get in. No proper place or shades for people to rest. Thanks to those who planted these trees before 10 years. Lack of Water dispensers. TTD should be well equipped with proper infrastructure. Security personnel were friendly and guided the public