THE country's only woman state Chief Minister, known variously as a living goddess, revolutionary leader and guardian angel is adding to her personality cult by organising a feast for 200,000 people to celebrate her foster son's wedding. The dinner hosted by Jayalalitha Jayaram, Chief Minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu to celebrate V. N. Sudhakaran's wedding to the daughter of a popular film star is being billed as the social event of the year. Scheduled for early September, the feast is being held on a 20-hectare plot by the seaside in the state capital Madras. More than 1,000 men have been working daily for over a month to build and light the dining area which will cover 12 hectares to seat the 200,000 guests. Criss-crossed with casuarina poles and covered with coconut leaves, the dining area alone is expected to cost more than 15 million rupees (HK$3.86 million) with 20 million rupees being spent on food. Policemen have already been posted at the site to ensure the area remains 'sterile' and checkposts have been erected along the various roads leading to the complex. Miss Jayaram, a former film star, is regarded with awe and reverence by her Dravidian People's Party. Recently, hundreds of supporters celebrated her 47th birthday by walking across burning embers outside a Madras temple. Thousands of posters across the state showed Miss Jayaram dressed as Shakti, the Hindu Goddess of strength. To ensure religious equilibrium some posters even showed her as the Virgin Mary. Political loyalty to Miss Jayaram, however, is more than just skin deep. Scores of her supporters, particularly ministers have tattooed Miss Jayaram's outline on their forearms, backs of their hands and arms as a mark of loyalty. But the autocratic Chief Minister denies perpetuating any personality cult around herself.