Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest at Marina beach in Chennai on Tuesday evening.
Jayalalithaa was buried next to the memorial of MGR. Her body was taken to the burial site in a glass casket, with lakhs of followers gathered along the route to pay their final respects.
Her mortal remains were then put in a coffin made of sandalwood before it was buried. Her close aide Sasikala performed the last rites before her body was lowered into the earth.
Earlier, her body was brought to her Poes Garden residence and then taken to Rajaji Hall where hundreds of thousands gathered to pay their tributes to the leader popularly known as ‘amma’ or mother. It was from Rajaji Hall that Jayalalithaa made her final journey to Marina beach, where the last rites were be performed.
Jayalalithaa’s death was announced a little before midnight, with Apollo Hospitals and the state government announcing that she breathed her last at 11.30 pm. The state has announced a week of mourning while the central government has announced one day of mourning.