Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5 leaving behind thousand of her followers mourning her absence. Reportedly, 77 people have died after her death because they couldn’t bear the news of Amma’s death as they fondly called her. After her demise, a policeman decided to resign from his job to build a shrine for Jayalalithaa.
According to a Times of India report, 45-year-old R Velmurugan, head constable at Odapatti police station in Theni district, resigned after Jayalalithaa’s death and informed the district superintendent of police that he’ll construct a temple for Amma. In fact, he visited Kasi to pray for the leader when she was admitted to the hospital. “I am a pious man. I had gone to Kasi to pray for Amma as soon as I heard she was admitted to hospital. But god has not answered my prayers. I arrived in Chennai on Monday , the day my mother passed away ,” he told TOI.
The officer had worked in the security team of Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence from 1999 to 2002. His father had reportedly served at MGR’s house in Ramavaram. “She was my idol right from my college days. It was a dream come true when I was posted as a security guard at her house. I would wait eagerly for her smile everyday , when she left her home,” he was quoted as saying.
The man has a family to take care of; a wife and two sons but he still decided to quit his job and build the temple.
Velmurugan is a 14-time Guinness World Record holder for standing various acts including standing on one leg for 81 hours, swimming 157 km in the Periyar river and jumping into a four foot deep tank from a height of 81 feet. Reportedly, he had donated Rs 3 lakh that he had collected for running 3600 km across Tamil Nadu in 81 days. “I am proud of my achievements but what pleased me more was to receive the awards from the chief minister herself,” he said.
He plans to construct the temple by February 2017 so it can be inaugurated on February 24, Jayalalithaa’s birthday. He also wants to invite Chief Minister O Paneerselvam to inaugurate the shrine.