Thanjavur, Dec 13, 2016: In an area of about 150 square feet, a small temple was built near a statue of MGR on Mela Veedhi in Thanjavur. This is in the memory of none other than late Chief Minister and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.
A die-hard fan, M. Swaminathan, who is a former councillor and represented ward 18 of the Thanjavur Municipal Corporation. The temple which is set to be opened in the next few days is named the temple ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Alayam’.
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“Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) demise was an unbearable loss. On the day of her death, I spent the whole evening in front of Apollo Hospitals and was heartbroken. I had great affection for Amma all these years and this is my way of paying my tribute to her,” he said to The Hindu.
A big portrait of Jayalalithaa will be present at the “sanctum sanctorum” and it will also have portraits of former Chief Ministers M.G. Ramachandran and C.N. Annadurai. Swaminathan mentioned that he started working on the temple on December 7 after paying homage to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai, the previous day.
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“Most of the work, except for some finishing touches, have been completed. The temple will be opened in the next few days after a few rituals,” he said to The Hindu.
A big sized statue of Jayalalithaa, made of bronze will be installed at the temple. Further, there are arrangements made to keep a lamp lit perpetually over there. There will also be an audio system, which will play songs praising the late leader.
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