Son builds temple in mom's memory, throws open to public on Mother's Day

The idol has been modelled on Dr Jaganth's mother Jayameena. Shakthimika Anne Sree Jayameena Thirukkovil is located in Churulipetty, Theni. Photo: Special arrangement

An 85-feet tall temple built in Tamil Nadu by a man in memory of his mother who died of cancer is now open for the public from Sunday. Dr Jaganth Jayaraj and his wife Dr Mahalakshmi, who are employed with Sabine Hospital and Research Centre in Muvattupuzha have built the temple on a piece of land sprawling on an acre area in Churulipetty of Theni district in Tamil Nadu.

Inside the temple Shakthimika Anne Sree Jayameena Thirukkovil. Photo: Special arrangement

The temple opened to the public on Sunday, which is also the Mother's Day. Dr Jaganth is a native of Churulipetty and it was in 2013 that his mother Jayameena passed away. It was the mother's last words that she could be invoked for any need that ultimately led to the construction of the temple, says Dr Jaganth.

Combo image of the temple and Dr Jaganth's mother Jayameena. Photo: Special arrangement

The temple is named Shakthimika Anne Sree Jayameena Thirukkovil. The idol is modelled on Dr Jaganth's mother Jayameena. The doctor is also planning to initiate support for children afflicted by leukaemia. The temple was inaugurated on March 8, the International Women's Day.

Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May every year to value mothers, motherhood, care and the indomitable spirit and love mothers bestow on children, families and thereby make big contributions to humanity and society in particular.

Combo image of the temple and Dr Jaganth Jayaraj and Dr Mahalakshmi with their children. Photo: Special arrangement

Mother's Day was founded by Anna Jarvis, who led the movement to establish such a day after the wish of her mother. The first official Mother's Day was celebrated on May 10, 1908, through a service of worship at the St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, USA.

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