January 6, 2011

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial, Sriperumbudur

Rajiv Gandhi, the seventh Prime Minister of India, was assassinated in SriPerumbudur. There is a memorial for Rajiv Gandhi in the site where he was assassinated.

Rajiv Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi, became the youngest Prime Minister of India, at the age of 40. While campaigning for the election in a small town named Sriperumbudur, which is located at a distance of around 40 kms from Chennai, the gateway to South India, he was assassinated. He was reportedly assassinated by LTTE suicide bomber on 21st May 1991. A memorial was built at the site where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated and it was opened to the public in 2003 CE.

Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur has become one of the important tourist sites today. Sriperumbudur is already famous for its Adi Kesava Perumal Temple (Vishnu temple) and it is the birthplace of the great Vaishnavite saint Ramanuja.

The memorial of Rajiv Gandhi consists of a square platform, on which a raised yellow marble stone is placed along with the picture of Rajiv Gandhi made of stone block of pink granite. This is the exact location where Rajiv Gandhi was killed. There are seven monumental granite pillars, which encircle the blast site. These seven pillars represent the seven concepts - Satya, Dharma, Vigyan, Nyaya, Shanti, Tyaga, and Samrudhi. They also represent the seven sacred rivers of India - Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Sindhu, Narmada, and Kaveri.

The memorial also has one of the biggest flag posts of India with the Indian National Flag. There are some modern day sculptures on a wall depicting the dream of Rajiv Gandhi. The entire memorial is well maintained and it looks green.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Rajiv Gandhi Memorial
Site Type: Memorial
Location: Sriperumbudur, 40 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: The site where the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Chennai
Hotel: Many luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Sriperumbudur
Restaurants: Only few good restaurants are available in Sriperumbudur

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