January 7, 2015

Memories of Rajiv Gandhi Memorial

Whenever I pass through the industrial city of Sriperumbudur the first thing that catches your glance is the Indian National Flag at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. The memorial has one of the biggest flag staffs of India carrying Indian National Flag. When it was opened to the public in 2003, since then Iam planning to visit this place but due to other plans and work schedule i couldnt able to make it. So while returning from Kancheepuram  on 07.01.2014 we drove in to the Memorial with my family.

This is the very place where the youngest Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at the age of 40, in the year 1991 on 21st May by a suicide bomber while campaigning for election at this place and government later converted this place into a memorial.

He was the Son of the Brave Lady and former Prime Minister Indra Gandhi and the Grandson of the first Prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

It is just 40 kms away from Chennai at Sriperumbudur in kanchipuram district on the road of NH4 and become an important tourist attraction for visitors.

sculptures of Industrial Revolution

sculptures of Industrial Revolution

sculptures of Industrial Revolution

When you enter inside the memorial, the great wall which depicts the stone sculptures of Industrial Revolution is a wonderful sight for any photographer.
Industrial Revolution on Wall

The seven monumental granite pillars surrounding the blast site is a magnificent sight for the Tourists visiting the city and it is a best destination for the photographers. The place is very calm with lushy green meadows and green trees neatly planted here and there with well maintained surroundings.

Place where blast took place
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel guarding the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. The memorial consists of a square platform, on a raised yellow marble stone is placed along with the picture of Rajiv Gandhi made of pink granite is exactly located at the very place where Rajiv Gandhi was killed.

Pillars surrounding the blast site
There are seven monumental granite pillars around the blast site. Each pillar represents a concept. The Chakra represents Dharma (Compassion, generosity, duty), Bodhi Tree represents Satya (Truth), Chhatri represents Nyaya (Justice, Law),The star of knowledge represents Vigyan, The flames of sacrifice represents Tyaga, The lotus of peace represents Shanti and The prosperity of Grass represents Samruddhi. They also represent the seven sacred rivers of India - Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Sindhu, Narmada, and Kaveri.

The Place of Martyrdom

There is a National Flag that flies high in the memorial 
Indian Flag

 My Nephew posing at the exit of the memorial as it is time to leave to home.When you happen to travel in the Sriperumbudur road in Kancheepuram District, Just take a break at the Memorial, where the Indian Prime Minister took his last breath of his life. It is worth a visit.

Sriperumbudur is also famous for its Adi Kesava Perumal Temple and the birthplace of the great Vaishnaivite saint Ramanuja.

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