New Delhi: It was replay of MGR's burial. Tamil Nadu's Amma was buried on Tuesday on Chennai's Marina Beach, few feet way from where MGR, her mentor, was buried years ago. Lakhs gathered for her burial, but they showed grief peacefully. The last rites were performed by close aide and most-trusted friend Sasikala Natrajan.
Jayalalithaa's burial, instead of cremation, is in line with the Dravidian rationalist movement which was pivoted against Brahmin rituals.
Sasikala, who has lived with Amma for years, dressed in a black saree, performed the last rites. Earlier, her red eyes proved that she just managed to control here emotions as the coffin was being lowered slowly with rose petals forming a blanket over coffin.
A red carpet was laid around the grave where her coffin, made of sandalwood, was lowered just after sunset. The roads around were grid-locked with locals trying to catch glimpse of their Amma, the iconic Iron Lady. Women broke into wails, clutching their chests in mourning.
The state funeral included a guard of honour at the beach. She was laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran. After politics and films, they stay together after death.
During the day, the body of Ms Jayalalithaa was placed on a raised platform in a glass casket. Lakhs showed up till 4.30 pm, when the casked was moved for Marina Beach. (News24Bureau)