Jayalalitha's kin perform her last rites as per Hindu rituals

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Srirangapatnam (Karnataka) [India], Dec. 14 (ANI): Last rites of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa was performed according to Hindu rituals by her family, relatives and cousin brothers Ranganath Aiyengar and Ramanuj Aiyengar at Paschima Vahini on the bank of Cauvery River in the holy town of Srirangapatna on Tuesday. Jayalalithaa was born on February 24, 1948 to Jayaram and Vedavalli in a Tamil Brahmin (Iyengar) family at Melukote, Pandavapura taluka, Mandya district, then in Mysore State (now Karnataka). Earlier, the mortal remains Jayalalithaa was buried beside her mentor M.G. Ramachandran's burial at Marina Beach in Chennai on December 6 evening with full state honours. Jayalalithaa's last rites were performed by her confidante Sasikala Natarajan. Her body, draped in the national flag and kept in a sandalwood coffin, was buried with full state honours and was given one gun salute by the army. Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were prominent people who attended the funeral. An army truck, which served as a hearse, took at least an hour to cover a three-km journey from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach. Thousands of people lined up along the route to pay respect to their beloved Amma, who served them fiver terms as the chief minister. People showered flowers at the hearse. Big photographs of the late chief minister were placed all around the coffin and her long-time companion Sasikala and her family were seated next to it. Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam also travelled on the hearse. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee paid their last respect to Jayalalithaa. Prime Minister Modi was seen condoling Sasikala, who stood by Jayalalithaa's body all day. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from today morning to mourn the death of the five-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for all the educational institutions in the state. (ANI)