Temple in Jayalalithaa's memory in Thanjavur

The temple has been named �Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Alayam�

Temple in Jayalalithaa

A temple is being built for former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa in Thanjavur.

The 130-sqft temple is situated near Konkaneswar temple in Mela Veethi in the town.

A 1.5 ft-tall statue of Jayalalithaa made of bronze will be installed at the temple and a famous slogan used by ‘Amma’ during elections, ‘Makkalal njan, makkalukkaka njan’ (I am of the people and I am for the people) will be encrypted on the temple wall.

The temple would have a big portrait of Jayalalithaa at the ‘sanctum sanctorum’ along with portraits of former Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran and CN Annadurai.

Arrangements have also been made to keep a lamp lit perpetually at the temple. An audio system would play songs eulogising the late leader.

The construction was started on 7th December, a day after her demise. The statue will be ready within a month. The statue is scheduled to be installed in the temple on 24
February, birthday of Jayalalithaa, said M Swaminathan, former councillor who represented ward 18 of the Thanjavur Municipal Corporation.

The temple has been named ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Alayam’.

“Amma’s demise was an unbearable loss. On the day of her death, I spent the whole evening in front of Apollo Hospital and was heartbroken. I had great affection for Amma all these years and this is my way of paying my tribute to her,” said Swaminathan.

“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,” The Hindu quoted him as saying.