A temple dedicated to late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her mentor MG Ramachandran in Madurai will be inaugurated by Chief Minister E Palaniswami. This inauguration has got significance in the wake of the upcoming assembly elections. After the death of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, there were not many events to highlight her contributions to the party.
The temple — which was commissioned by the state Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar whom Ms. Jayalalithaa had first inducted into the cabinet — has been constructed on a one-and-a-half-acre plot near the city’s T Kallupatti area at a cost of ₹ 50 lakh. It contains bronze statues of the two leaders.
“We call our Amma (J Jayalalithaa) with different names of Goddesses like ‘Idhaya Theivam (Goddess of Hearts), Kaval Theivam (Guardian Goddess), and Kulasamy (Goddess of our Tribe), and this temple only formalizes that. We have enough space around the temple for people to come and worship,” the minister said.