Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who passed away on Monday night left a vacuum in Tamil politics, plunging millions of ordinary Tamil people who revered her as Amma (mother) into grief.
From announcing an official government holiday in Tamil Nadu today to shutting down schools during the next three days of 'mourning period', Amma's followers are inconsolable.
Senior AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, who was also Jayalalithaa's aide, has been sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Jayalalithaa, who was a glamorous film actor in Tamil cinema in the early 1970s, ventured into politics with the help of her mentor and actor MG Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR.
As her mortal remains have been kept at Rajaji Hall, in Chennai, for her supporters and fans to pay tribute to, here are some of the rare moments from this powerful woman's life:
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