Chennai, December 6: The state government and the Sasikala family on Tuesday decided to bury the mortal remains of J Jayalalitha instead of practising an obvious ritual of cremation for Iyengars.
Jayalalithaa was after all a Dravidian leader who used to pray regularly and wore Iyengar Namam on her forehead.
A senior government secretary who is part of the funeral preparations of Amma, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu explained to media: Why she cannot be cremated on Marina Beach?
“She was not an Iyengar for us,” he said. “She was beyond any caste or religious identity. Even most of all the Dravidian leaders, including Periyar, Anna Durai and MGR, were all buried and we do not have a precedent of consigning their body to flames even after death. So, we bury them with sandalwood and rose water.”
The burial of former leaders of the movement allows followers to remember them in the form of a memorial. Fans and followers of MGR say that they hear the sounds of MGR at his memorial.
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