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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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  • The Memorial consists of several structures, including a monument to the Minister Ramachandran, in whose honour and erected this Memorial. All buildings look beautiful and original, and it is worth. Can be combined with a visit to the Marina, since they are close by.
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  • Located close to the Marina Beach, this memorial is toward the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.Ramachandran. He is a actor turned politician and eventually ruled the state. The area is well...  read more »
  • Well maintained park, near to longest beach one & only Marine beach, Alot of street food vendor around it, 
  • Memorial of MG Ramachandran (MGR), Former Chief Minister of Tamil nadu. Nice, clean and well maintained park to spend evenings.
  • One of the most visited monument in Chennai nice ambiance.
  • Well maintained park, near to longest beach one & only Marine beach
  • Mgr memorial is a must visit if you come for marina beach.nice memorial which is well maintained .you can take lot of photos ,even photographers take instant photo and will give you copies immediately.
  • It's a memorial place of Dr. MGR, Former CM of Tamil Nadu.. It's near the world's 2nd largest beach, marina beach. It's ambiance is good.. This place is filled with frequent visitors, especially on weekends. It's a most visited tourist spot in Chennai.
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