Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away in Chennai late on yesterday night, was laid to rest at the Marina Beach here on Tuesday.
She was laid to rest at Marina Beach near her mentor and AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran’s (MGR) memorial on Tuesday evening.
The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa breathed her last at 11.30 p.m. on Monday after cardiac arrest at Apollo Hospitals, where she had been admitted on September 22.
Jayalalithaa’s body on Tuesday morning was moved to Rajaji Hall here from her Poes Garden residence for people to pay their last respects.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, her counterparts from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Delhi, Karnataka and Puducherry, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and others also paid their last respects to Jayalalithaa.
Later in the evening, Jayalalithaa’s last journey started from Rajaji Hall for Marina Beach on a military vehicle.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Jayalalithaa’s close confidante Sasikala Natarajan and others were seated on the military truck that was towing the casket-laden carriage.
The vehicle which was carrying the body of the Chief Minister preceded slowly through the streets packed with mourners towards Marina Beach.
Jayalalithaa’s body was transferred to a sandalwood coffin from the glass casket at the Marina Beach after the military honours.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, along with Ghulam Nabi Azad, Panneerselvam and Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao paid floral tribute to Jayalalithaa there.
The last religious last rites were performed with Sasikala and her relative putting some sandal wood, flowers and other items as per the advice given by a religious expert.
Her coffin was closed and lowered into the grave at around 6 p.m.