For the unmarried politician, and a veteran freedom fighter as well as the former chief minister of TamilNadu, Sri Kamarajar who had occupied the prominent chair as the president of Indian National Congress, a monument called Kamarajar Manimandapam had been raised to honor the greatest leader, at the exact place where his ashes were kept in Kanyakumari of TamilNadu.
He played a major role in the Indian Freedom Struggle Movement, and got the credit of being the president of Indian National Congress before independence. The man who had been often called as the Black Gandhi by his beloved masses got the India’s highest civilian honor of Bharat Ratna for his work in the field of education. His significant role to bring Mrs. Indra Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Sastri to their highest posts is a superb role-model of unselfish Politician.
After his death in the year 1975, it had been decided to establish a Mani mandapam in the year 1998 and it was opened for the public from the year 2000 onwards. The national memorial covers an area of 6300 sq.m and it was inaugurated in the year 2000 on the auspicious date of 2nd October, the birth day of the Father of our Nation.
Though he led a simple life, he got the credit of being elected as the honorable chief minister of TamilNadu for three times consecutively and served at the office for 13 years.
The total expenses incurred for the completion of this memorial had been Rupees 50 lakhs. The memorial is associated with a library with numerous collections of books. It also consists of a painting and several photographs of Kamarajar. The photographs Portrays his life history vividly. There are many rare photographs which had been clicked during his meetings with eminent leaders of the world.
There is no entry fee to visit the memorial. The best time to visit the premises is from 7 AM to 7 PM, open on all days.
His Early-hood days:
Kamaraj was born on 15 July 1903 to Kumarasamy Nadar and Sivakami Ammaiar at Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu. His real name was Kamakshi and his mother affectionately called him Raja> Later his name became Kamaraj (Kamatchi + Raja) His father Mr. Kumarasamy Nadar was a coconut merchant. In 1907, four years after his birth, his sister Nagammal was born. When he was 5 years old, he was admitted in a traditional school often called as the 'Thinnai Palli' in Tamil, a system of school available in the past on the next day of "Saraswathy Pooja. In 1908 he was admitted to Yenadhi Narayana Vidhya Salai. In 1909 he was admitted in Virudupatti High School— Kshatriya Vidhya Sala, which had been the only high school in Virdhupatti. Kamaraj's father died when he was six years old and his mother was forced to support her family by selling her jewels. In 1914 Kamaraj discontinued his studies to support his family. After that he worked in his uncle's cloth shop as a sales boy. During this time he started joining processions and attending public meetings and that enhanced him to become a great leader later.