PM Modi Inaugurates APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial In His Hometown Rameswaram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the memorial on Dr Kalam's second death anniversary and paid his tributes. ... Until a year ago, the memorial work had not started and the site where Dr Kalam is buried was in utter neglect, drawing public criticism. On his first death anniversary last year, PM Modi had inaugurated a life-size golden statue in the temple town in coastal Tamil Nadu.

The memorial, build at a cost of 20 crores, blends Mughal and Indian architecture. Its main entrance resembles Delhi's India gate. The dome reflects the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The main door is a replica of the entrance of the Brihadiswara Temple in Tanjavur.

The interiors of the memorial reflect the various facets of Dr Kalam's life, including the Pokhran nuclear test. There's even a missile model celebrating his contribution to space science.