MEMORIALS AT CHENNAI

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Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Memorials: Anna Square, MGR Memorial, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, Victory War Memorial Anna Square



At the northern end of the Marina, on Kamarajar Salai is Anna Square, the burial place of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. C.N. Armadurai. It is located in the centre of a beautiful park, the entrance to which is a spectacular contemporary-style arch in the shape of twin converging elephant tusks.

MGR Memorial
The Pondy Bazaar in Chennai is an area buzzing with activities at any point of time. There is a street in near Pondy Bazaar, which contrasts its busy activities and is relatively calm, bearing the board 'Way to MGR Memorial'. The memorial is maintained in fond remembrance of the famous actor-politician who still lives in the hearts of the masses. If you follow the pointer and walk along the placid street, it will lead you to a house thus clearing all your doubts.

In the year 1970 MGR purchased this house to meet some of his party members. At present the MGR Trust is maintaining this house. A number of ardent fans of MGR pay a visit to this memorial irrespective of the political party to which they belong.

Mrs. Janaki MGR inaugurated this memorial in May 1990. Right from the time of inauguration till date no money is collected by way of even entrance ticket! This memorial is being run without the support of anyone.

About 5,000 pictures and 3,000 shields are displayed here. Actually there are lots of photographs taken right from his first film 'Sati Leelavathi' to his last film 'Maduraiyai Meetta Sundara Pandian' (about 138 films in all). Due to dearth of space certain photographs have not been exhibited.

Items Displayed In The Memorial
As soon as one enters the house, one can see the dark green coloured car bearing the number plate TMX 4777, ready to 'take-off' with the sirens glowing. Some songs featured in MGR's films are being played in a low tone all along. The shields presented to M .G. Ramachandran are displayed in an orderly manner, in the reception.

Once you reach the first floor, you will land in his office room. The swords, spears, heavy wooden clubs used by the actor, his plate, tumbler, telephone instrument, the shirts that adorned him, the medals won by him, television, the books read by MGR, camera, trolley, the cloth bandage that was tied on him when he was shot are all exhibited much to the amazement of the visitors.

A stuffed lion attracts the attention of all in the first floor room. The late MGR, for his film 'Adimai Penn' brought up this lion. He named it Raja and took good care of it. In the year 1969 when the lion died MGR got special permission from the government and spent about a lakh of rupees to mummify the dead lion.

Due to his sincere efforts the lion stands erect even today. In the ground floor, photographs taken from MGR's films, letters received by him, MGR's identification card, his famous cap and dark glasses, pen, the 'Bharat Ratna' medal won by him, the certificate given to him when he was conferred with the doctorate degree are all displayed.

It is amazing to note the fact that this memorial attracts curious visitors not only from our country but also from the U.S.A., Singapore and Malaysia.

Closed On: Tuesday

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial
Rajiv Gandhi Memorial is located at Sriperumbudur, 40-km from Chennai, which incidentally is the birthplace of Sri Ramanujar, the Vaishnavite saint. The memorial is raised in honour of Rajiv Gandhi, the charismatic Prime Minister who was assassinated here by a human bomb in 1991.

Victory War Memorial
Adjacent to the Fort St. George on the south is the War Memorial, which housed the coastal battery and was formerly called 'Cupid's Bow'. The Victory War Memorial honours those who have laid down their lives for their country since the First World War.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Chennai has an airport with both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with countries like USA, Singapore, U.K etc.
Rail: Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.
Road: State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. Local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are also available for local transportation.

WHERE TO STAY

Being the capital city of the state, Chennai is well equipped with various kinds of accommodation options, varying from economic class to luxurious ones.



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