Chennai: A 'devotee' of 'Amma' J Jayalalithaa has firmed up plans to build a temple dedicated to her near Vellore in Tamil Nadu,
Named 'Amma Aalayam', the temple is the brain child of 37-year-old AP Srinivasan. An active member of AIADMK, Srinivasan is the MGR youth wing joint secretary of Virugambakkam constituency.
The temple will come on a 1,200 sq feet of land owned by him in Iyeppedu village, 60km from Vellore and is estimated to cost Rs 50 lakhs. The 'Bhoomi Puja' for the temple was held yesterday.
'Amma Aalayam' will house a six-foot-tall bronze statue of Jayalalithaa, besides showcasing her life and achievements.
Statues of former chief ministers CN Annadurai and MG Ramachandran will also be installed outside the sanctum sanctorum.
“I am a devotee of ‘Amma’, and this temple is to show my devotion to her. She is like God for us. I had purchased the land as an investment but was harbouring this idea of constructing a temple for our party leader for long. My idea has gained form now,” he was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Srinivasan plans to pool in the money required for the construction of the temple from his family, friends and other like-minded people.