Emotional scenes were witnessed on the Marina Beach here. People offered pots of milk and flowers.
Reminiscing the fateful day, Roopa of the Annai Sathya Government Orphanage in Nagapattinam district told IANS that memories of the giant waves that swallowed their could not be erased easily.
"Even the brave amongst us would break down seeing other children cry," said another student at the orphanage.
A meditation centre built with people's contribution was inaugurated Wednesday in Nagapattinam district.
Image: People perform rituals and offer milk on Marina beach, that was hit by the 2004 tsunami, in Chennai, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 Indian Ocean nations, from Thailand to Sri Lanka. (AP)