April 9, 2011

MGR Memorial

M G Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, was the popular Tamil cine artist and later became a great political leader and chief minister of Tamil Nadu state of India. Although he died in 1986, his popularity and fame are utilized even today (after around 25 years) by the political partieis of Tamil Nadu to attract the people's support and votes. MGR had his office in Arcot Street, T Nagar area of Chennai, when he was functioning as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state. This office building was converted as a memorial after his death and thrown open to the public in 1990.

MGR memorial situated in T Nagar is open between 9 am and 5 pm all days except Tuesdays. The memorial used to be crowded by hundreds of people till last decade. Nowadays, the crowd has decreased; however, still there are people from the villages of Tamil Nadu who visit this memorial without fail, when they come to Chennai.

The memorial displays the car used by him and various medals that he won when he was an actor and a political figure. Apart from the medals and shields, the materials that were used by him such as his famous cap and glass, pen, table, etc. are also displayed in this memorial. The preserved body of dead lion which he had once in his house is also displayed in the memorial. A lot of photographs, some of them are very rare photographs of his political career and his earlier cinema career are also found.

This memorial is worth visiting if you are a fan of MGR.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: MGR Memorial
Site Type: Memorial, Monument
Location:  Arcot Street, Near South Boag Road, T Nagar, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: Memorial for the popular cine actor and politician of Tamil Nadu state of India

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 from any parts of the city
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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