Free saris, 3000 devotees and 200 priests in ‘yagna’ for Jayalalithaa

The 68-year-old Chief Minister and AIADMK chief has been in Chennai's Apollo hospital since September 22.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:31 pm
J Jayalalithaa, Jayalalithaa health, yagna for Jayalalithaa, ritual for Jayalalithaa, Chennai yagna, Jayalalithaa news, Tamil Nadu news, India news, latest news, indian express Some 200 priests presided over the mass prayers. (Source: NDTV)

Over 3,000 members of the AIADMK on Tuesday joined a yagna (ritual) in Chnnai to pray for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital for over a month, NDTV reported. The mass prayers were presided over by some 200 priests. The report said the “108 Mrityunjay Yagna” was organized by AIADMK lawmaker R Vetrivel, a Jayalalithaa loyalist.

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Quoting sources, the NDTV report said that Tuesday’s ritual cost the two-time legislator Rs. 35 lakh. “We worship her like anything. We want her to come back fully recovered,” Vetrivel was reported as saying by NDTV.

Vetrivel had famously resigned from the state assembly so that Jayalalithaa could contest from his constituency. He subsequently shifted to another constituency.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment in Chennai’s Apollo hospital since September 22, ever since she complained of fever and dehydration.

Several leaders, including the leader of opposition MK Stalin Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have visited the Apollo hospital to meet the ailing leader. Supporters of Jayalalithaa have continuously thronged outside the Apollo hospital to show support for their leader.

Speculations over her health have been running around with AIADMK even using its official Twitter account to urge followers to change their profile pictures to a photo which reads, ”MyCMisFine….NoMoreRumours.”

Ever since her admission into the hospital, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam has taken over her portfolios and has presided over cabinet meetings.

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First Published on: October 26, 2016 12:31 pm
  1. S
    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:18 am
    Wish this money was spent on clearing the blocked drains and litter in the city. The CM would have appreciated it.
    1. S
      Oct 26, 2016 at 8:06 am
      The great Indian circus.
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        Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Oct 26, 2016 at 9:45 am
        Probably the twitter chant "My CM is fine" is not having much effect on JJ's health that now this method is being tried. Also no one in AIADMK is convinced that their 'Amma' is fine however much the bigwigs may proclaim from housetops. The more they try to suppress rumour in FB and such social networks more it spreads by word of mouth.
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          Sundar BN
          Oct 26, 2016 at 9:14 am
          The louder we chant our litanies, the more likely that our Gods will hear our;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And come to earth in refulgent forms and perform miracles for us to be bewitched;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yes, sound is crucial to our culture for not unlike the primordial aum that apparently accompanied the big bang our cacophonous chants shall be heard by the universe and if dream hard enough, the universe will conspire to make it come;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Amen.
          1. K
            Oct 26, 2016 at 10:07 am
            If majority of Indians behave in this manner sadly India have no future !
            1. M
              Oct 26, 2016 at 7:31 am
              this is called modern day slavery.
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                Ashok Mazumdar
                Oct 26, 2016 at 7:14 am
                Hypocrisy at The Highest in Tamil nadu.
                1. M
                  Oct 26, 2016 at 7:56 am
                  It may be a loyalist who has arranged the Yagna. But whose money is being spent for all this? Where does the money come from?
                  1. K
                    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:39 am
                    Truly, I do not like anyone to follow such a way of life but, complete surrender to love and affection is not called slavery. You may even call it blind faith.
                    1. S
                      Oct 26, 2016 at 7:25 am
                      anyway 35 laks stolen money spent for people for good purpose. other wise he might have spent in alcohol and in briyani. let the god recover her slowly and let them spent.
                      1. V
                        Oct 26, 2016 at 7:36 am
                        Tamin Nadu will soon be in the list of bimaru states..Thanks to Jayalalitha and her blind followers.
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