Bal Thackeray cremated

Updated: November 18, 2012 09:26 IST

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's body has begun it's last journey from Matoshree, his Bandra home, to Shivaji Park. He died at the age of 86 yesterday.

Bal Thackeray cremated
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's funeral pyre was lit by his son Uddhav Thackeray. The funeral procession reached Shivaji Park this evening after travelling through parts of Central Mumbai for at least eight hours.
Bal Thackeray cremated
Bal Thackeray's funeral pyre was lit amidst nearly two lakh people chanting slogans in his name and prayer songs.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Uddhav Thackeray conducted his father's last rites.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
A 21-gun-Salute was fired before Mr Thackeray's funeral pyre was lit.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Seen here, Uddhav Thackeray preparing for his father's last rites.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
A little before the funeral pyre was lit, Bal Thackeray's estranged nephew Raj Thackeray was seen crying.
Bal Thackeray cremated
Political leaders cutting across party lines were present at Shivaji Park to pay respects to Bal Thackeray.
Bal Thackeray cremated
Also sitting in the VIP enclosure were Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Ambani.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Mr Thackeray's body was wrapped in the Indian flag till it reached Shivaji Park for cremation.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Over two lakh people were at the Shivaji Park grounds. It's the first time that someone has beeen cremated here. Shivaji Park is known for locals including Sachin Tendulkar playing cricket matches here.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Thousands of followers around the pyre of Mr Thackeray.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Cousins Uddhav and Raj Thackeray at the funeral. Also seen are Aditya and Tejas, Bal Thackeray's grandsons.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Uddhav and Raj in deep conversation.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Bal Thackeray was cremated on a specially built funeral pyre at Shivaji Park.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Bal Thackeray's son and political heir Uddhav and his family accompanied his father's body.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Bal Thackeray's nephew Raj with the funeral procession. Raj Thackeray broke away from the Shiv Sena to form his own party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, in 2006, leaving the Thackeray family deeply divided.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Bal Thackeray's grandson Aditya with his father Uddhav. Aditya is head of the Shiv Sena's youth wing.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Lakhs of people gathered along the roads of the funeral procession to bid adieu to the late leader.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Rashmi, wife of Sena executive president and Bal Thackeray's son Uddhav, seen here at the funeral.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Mr Thackeray's body was taken to Shivaji Park in this flower-decorated open truck.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Mr Thackeray died after a prolonged illness. He was put on life support on late Wednesday night.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Security was beefed up across Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai, where 48,000 policemen were deployed to keep vigil during the funeral.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
The statue of Meena Tai, Bal Thackeray's late wife, adorned with flowers.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
The decorated open truck at Matoshree, before the funeral procession began.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
The crowds on Sunday morning at and around Shivaji Park. Both Uddhav and Raj Thackeray had appealed to Mumbaikars to maintain peace and calm.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Earlier in the day, food was distributed at Shivaji Park especially for police personnel who were stationed there since yesterday.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Lakhs of people converged on Mumbai roads and walked alongside the funeral procession.
Bal Thackeray\'s final journey
Taxis and autos stayed off Mumbai roads, and shops mostly remained shut.

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