The massive funeral procession of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the ITO junction in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI photo)
As the smoke continues to rise out of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral pyre, mourners pay their last respects to the former Prime Minister who passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday after a prolonged period of illness.
Foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya lit the pyre at Smriti Sthal as cries of “Atal Bihari Amar Rahe” reverberated.
Bugles sounded the last post, uniformed soldiers clicked their heels and a sombre silence fell over the crowd as former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames, the sun setting on the life of a poet-politician who combined accommodative politics with graciousness.
Niharika and Namita bid a teary farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his pyre burns at the Smriti Sthal while a host of dignitaries watch from the sidelines.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the tallest leaders India has seen since its Independence, has been cremated at the Smriti Sthal after the veteran BJP leader passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday at AIIMS in New Delhi.
Foster daughter Namita and granddaughter Niharika bid a teary farewell to Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are cremated at the burial ground in Smriti Sthal.
Lata Mangeshkar pays a musical tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being cremated at the Smriti Sthal. As smoke rises out of the funeral pyre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, LK Advani and others look on.
Gun salute for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya performs the last rites at Smriti Sthal.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi last evening after a prolonged illness. A sea of people today joined the funeral procession with Prime Minister Narendra Modi walking behind the gun carriage carrying the mortal remains.
Namita Bhattacharya leading the funeral rites of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Priests chant funeral mantras as Namita Bhattacharya and other family members of Atal Bihari Vajpayee perform the last rites at Smriti Sthal.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya performing the last rites along with her daughter Niharika as thousands look on at the Smriti Sthal. Several world leaders are in attendance along with PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and others.
The mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is being taken out of the casket ahead of the cremation at Smriti Sthal.
Army personnel hand over the tricolour to Niharika, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s adopted granddaughter.
We are here to share your grief and pay our condolences on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan: Pakistan Law Minister Ali Zafar after arriving in Delhi for the funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
LK Advani pays his last respects to the mortal remains of close comrade and compatriot for over 6 decades, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Nepal foreign minister Khadga Prasad Oli, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lay wreaths to pay respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Army, Navy and Air Force personnel give ceremonial salute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Amit Shah, LK Advani, Union Cabinet ministers and opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh stand paying respects to the veteran BJP leader who passed away on Thursday.
President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Smriti Sthal to pay his last respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh are seated at the Smriti Sthal alongside Venkaiah Naidu, LK Advani, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and PM Narendra Modi.
Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, arrives at the Smriti Sthal to honour the departed soul of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, often regarded as the tallest statesman of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his last respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays a wreath, pays his last respects to former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, Navy chief Sunil Lanba and Army chief Bipin Rawat pay their respects to the mortal remains of Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Smriti Sthal.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains being carried by Navy, Army and Air Force personnel at the Smriti Sthal. (TV grab)
The massive procession accompanying Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains have reached the Smriti Sthal, where the former Prime Minister will be cremated. A host of senior BJP leaders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are walking with the remains along with lakhs of mourners.