Memorials & Mani Mandapams

Ambedkar Mani Mandapam :

The Architect of the Indian Constitution who championed the cause of the down-trodden and exploited millions was born on 14th April 1891 and died on 5th December, 1956. His Memorial Mani Mandapam is built at Mandavellipakkam, Chennai-4. Time 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Anna Square :

The memorial for Arignar Annadurai - leader of the Dravidian movement, affectionately called Anna, is a tranquil place. Situated in the Northern end of Marina beach. Next to MGR Memorial. Anna passed away on 3rd Feb. 1969. Entry Free. No holidays. Time : 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bakthavatsalam Memorial :

He was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 2-10-1963 to 6-3-1967. He passed away on 13-02-1987. This Memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry Free. No holidays to visit. Time : 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Barathiar Memorial House :

Barathiar was the first Indian Poet to compliment with poems, hailing the liberation movements of Russia, Belgium and Italy. Tamil Nadu Government has built a memorial house for the great poet at his birth place Ettayapuram in Tirunelveli district. He was born on 11-12-1882 and died at the age of 39 years. 83, T.P.Koil Street, Triplicane, Chennai-5, were he lived few years. Entry Free. No holidays. Time : 9.45 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Ph : 28442423.

Gandhi Memorial :

A memorial dedicated to the father of the nation, Gandhiji. In this age of ‘Gun culture’, Gandhiji proved that ‘Ahimsa’ (non-violence) is the best weapon with which we can fight oppression in a successful way. Gandhiji was assassinated on 30-1-1948. This memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry free. No holidays. Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph: 22351941.

Kamaraj Memorial :

The doyen of Indian politics, K. Kamaraj was the C.M. of Tamilnadu for 9 years. He was also President of the All India Congress Committee for a brief period. For the first time in Independant India, Kamaraj introduced free education and free mid-day meal scheme for children. He died on 2-10-1975. This memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry Free. No holidays. Time : 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact details State Information Centre Ph : 28442423.

Kamarajar Memorial House :

He was born on 15-7-1903 to Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mrs. Sivagami Ammaiyar at Virudupatti now called as Virudunagar, Madurai Dist. He was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 13-4-1954 to 1-10-1963, this period is still considered as a ‘golden period’ of Tamilnadu, since independance. Kamaraj lived in this house till his death. This house is now converted into a Memorial place and it is maintained by Tamilnadu Government. He passed away on 2-10-1975. Tourists and Visitors are allowed to visit this Memorial House. Time 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at Thirumalai Pillai Road, Chennai - 17. Entry Free. Ph : 24349040.

MGR Memorial :

MGR memorial is situated adjacent to the Anna memorial. This is also in northern end of the Marina Beach. He Passed away on 24th December, 1987. Located opp. to Madras University, Chennai - 600 005. Entry Free. No holidays. Time : 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

G.K. Moopanar Memorial :

(his period from 1931 to 2001) He was a senior Tamil Nadu politician with ties to the Indian National Congress. He was a powerful All India Congress Committee general secretary from 1980 to 1988. Moopanar did not get along well Narasimha Rao, who was the Prime Minister of India from 1991-96. He parted ways with Rao on the issue on his joining hands with the AIADMK and founded his own party, the Tamil Maanila Congress(TMC). After Moopanar’s death both TMC and Chidambaram’s group merged back with the Congress. His memorial is situated near Anna Flyover, GN Chetty Road, Teynampet, Chennai - 600 018.

M.G.R. Memorial House :

Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran. He was the Chief Minister for the following periods 30-6-1977 to 17-2-1980, 9-6-1980 to 10-2-1985, 10-2-1985 to 24-12-1987. He was born on 17-1-1917 in Kandy, Srilanka to Mr. Maruthur Gopala Menon and Mrs. Sathyabama. His wife’s name was Mrs. Janaki. He passed away on 24-12-1987 and he spent most of his life at 27, Arcot Road, Chennai -600 017. Entry free. Time:10a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday holiday. This house is now converted in to a memorial house by the Government of Tamil Nadu to remember the great leader. Ph : 24351273, 24937382.

Quaid-E-Milleth Manimandapam :

Native of Melapalayam, Tirunelveli District. Born on 5th June, 1896; breathed his left on 4th April 1972. He was the founder of Indian Muslim League. In 1948 he was appointed as a member of Indian political constitution. He was elected thrice from Mancheri constituency in Kerala to the Paliament. As a mark of respect to hims a women’s college in Chennai has been named as Quaid-e-Milleth Women’s College. His Memorial is situated behind the women’s college, Anna Salai, Chennai - 600 002. Entry free, no holidays. 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Mozhipor Thiyagigal Mandapam :

This mandapam was constructed in memory of those who fought and laid down their lives against the imposition of Hindi. Thiruchi Chinna Swami, Kodambakkam Sivalingam, Virugambakkam Aranganathan, Kirnoor Muthu, Chidambaram Rajendran, Viralimalai Shanmugam, Thalamuthu Nadarajan and such other thousands who laid their life for what they felt was a noble cause. This Mandapam is situated in Gandhi Mandapam complex in Guindy, Chennai - 600 032. Entry Free. No holiday. Time : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 22351941.

Periyar Memorial :

Known as ‘Thanthai Periyar’ he was the father of the Dravidian movement and the author of ‘Suya Mariyathai Iyakkam’ He was born on 17-09-1879 to Mr. Venkatappa Naicker and Mrs. Chinnathai Ammal in Erode. He passed away on 24-12-1973. This Memorial is located at E.V.K. Sampath Salai, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007. Entry Free. Sunday holiday. Time 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 26618163.

Rajaji Memorial :

A statesman par excellence, Rajaji was the first Governor General of India, immediatly after independecne. He latter became the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. His Memorial is situated at Guindy. Entry free. No holidays. Time 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Ph : 22351941.

Thiyagigal Mani Mandapam :

This is built in memory and honour of Freedom Fighters who gave their tomorrows for our to-days . As a mark of respect and gratitude to all the freedom fighters, their photos are displayed here. This mandapam is situated at Sardar Vallabai Patel Road, Guindy, Chennai - 600 032. Entry Free. No holiday. Time 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ph : 22351941.


This country oil extractor made by wood was pulled by the great freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaranar. He was punished by the British Government. Chidambaranar started Sudesi Steam Navigation Company against the British. This wooden oil extractor came from Coimbatore Jail and now it is kept at Gandhi Mandapam Complex as one among the symbol of our freedom movement. Located at Sardar Patel Rd, Guindy, Chennai - 600 032, Ph : 22351941.


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