Security was heightened in anticipation of the VIP visitors - but also for the influx of devotees expected here to pay their last respects to the man who brought not only international fame to Puttaparthi - but also drinking water, world class medical care and institutes of higher education.
While the public was kept away from the hospital itself - there was a stream of VIPs - including Andhra Pradesh's chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chandrababu Naidu. More high-profile visitors are expected over the next three days of state mourning culminating in the funeral on Wednesday.
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