September 29, 2009

Anna Square, Chennai

Anna Square is a site in Chennai which is visited by hundreds of people everyday. The proximity of Anna Square to Marina beach is an advantage for this site.

Anna Square is the memorial, which houses the tomb of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state C.N.Annadurai, who was affectionately called as "Anna" by people of Tamil Nadu. He was the one who brought an end to Congress party rule in Tamil Nadu, and he was the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. All the Dravidian parties of Tamil Nadu (AIADMK, DMK, MDMK, etc.) consider him as their God Father.

The structure of the entrance resembles elephant's tusks and there are statues of two great Tamil Poets, Kambar and Ilango, at the entrance. The memorial is huge in area and it is well maintained with a lavish park. It also houses a hall, where all the photographs related to Anna are displayed. You can also find some materials such as pen, spectacles, etc. which were used by Anna in this exhibition. The small tomb at Anna Square is provided with a pillar like structure along with an eternal flame.
You can visit this place along with Marina beach, as this place is located almost in the beginning of Marina beach (northern end of the beach).

Happy travelling.

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