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PHOTOS| Vajpayee Cremated With Full Military Honours

India | PTI | August 19, 2018, 8:30 pm
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 Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here at AIIMS on Thursday (August 16) at age 93, was on Friday cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where people turned out in tens of thousands to pay their final tributes. (Image: AP)

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here at AIIMS on Thursday (August 16) at age 93, was on Friday cremated with full military honours at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where people turned out in tens of thousands to pay their final tributes. (Image: AP)

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 Vajpayee's foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers. (Image: AP)

Vajpayee's foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers. (Image: AP)

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 President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a galaxy of political leaders cutting across party lines and foreign dignitaries joined the rest of the nation in bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal. (Image: AP)

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a galaxy of political leaders cutting across party lines and foreign dignitaries joined the rest of the nation in bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal. (Image: AP)

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 In keeping with the military honours, three service chiefs placed wreaths on the body of Vajpayee before leaders paid their floral tributes. (Image: AP)

In keeping with the military honours, three service chiefs placed wreaths on the body of Vajpayee before leaders paid their floral tributes. (Image: AP)

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 Namita Bhattacharya foster daughter of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and her daughter Niharika Bhattacharya pay their last respects as cremation Vajpayee is cremated on the banks of the River Yamuna. (Image: AP)

Namita Bhattacharya foster daughter of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and her daughter Niharika Bhattacharya pay their last respects as cremation Vajpayee is cremated on the banks of the River Yamuna. (Image: AP)

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 Narendra Modi, President Amit Shah, LK Advani, Venkaiah Naidu and Manmohan Singh watch the funeral pyre of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee rise in flames. (Image: AP)

Narendra Modi, President Amit Shah, LK Advani, Venkaiah Naidu and Manmohan Singh watch the funeral pyre of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee rise in flames. (Image: AP)

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 Namita Bhattacharya, foster daughter of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, performs the final rites of her father. (Image: AP)

Namita Bhattacharya, foster daughter of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, performs the final rites of her father. (Image: AP)

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 PM Narendra Modi and other leaders participate in the last journey of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

PM Narendra Modi and other leaders participate in the last journey of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai offers his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the banks of the River Yamuna in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai offers his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the banks of the River Yamuna in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the banks of the River Yamuna. (Image: AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the banks of the River Yamuna. (Image: AP)

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 Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk offers his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Image: AP)

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk offers his final respects during the cremation ceremony of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Image: AP)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi reads a placard that says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reads a placard that says "Miss You Atal Ji" as he walks behind a truck pulling the coffin with the body of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a funeral procession in New Delhi. (Image: AFP)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, other leaders and general public participate in the last journey of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, other leaders and general public participate in the last journey of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah follow the hearse carrying the body of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Mourners line a street as the hearse carrying the body of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee moves towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Mourners line a street as the hearse carrying the body of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee moves towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows the hearse carrying the body of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows the hearse carrying the body of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee as they move towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 PM Narendra Modi wipes his face as he follows the hearse carrying the body of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the funeral procession moves towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

PM Narendra Modi wipes his face as he follows the hearse carrying the body of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the funeral procession moves towards the cremation site in New Delhi. (Image: AP)

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 Mourners walks along the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Mourners walks along the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah walks along the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah walks along the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 The procession carrying mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the BJP headquarters at DDU Marg for the last public view, seen near the India Gate in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

The procession carrying mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the BJP headquarters at DDU Marg for the last public view, seen near the India Gate in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, family members, relatives and others attend the funeral procession of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, family members, relatives and others attend the funeral procession of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his mortal remains are taken for cremation to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, were taken to the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. It will be kept there for the people to pay their last respects to the departed leader. (Image: PTI)

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, were taken to the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. It will be kept there for the people to pay their last respects to the departed leader. (Image: PTI)

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other party leaders stand as the truck carrying the mortal remains of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee enters the party headquarters, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other party leaders stand as the truck carrying the mortal remains of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee enters the party headquarters, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 The body in a flower-decked casket was carried in a hearse to 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg headquarters. (Image: PTI)

The body in a flower-decked casket was carried in a hearse to 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg headquarters. (Image: PTI)

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 Vajpayee will be cremated at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat in Delhi at 16:00 pm. (Image: PTI)

Vajpayee will be cremated at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal near Rajghat in Delhi at 16:00 pm. (Image: PTI)

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 Vajpayee's last journey will begin from the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal at 13:00 pm. (Image: PTI)

Vajpayee's last journey will begin from the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal at 13:00 pm. (Image: PTI)

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 The government has announced a state funeral for Vajpayee. (Image: PTI)

The government has announced a state funeral for Vajpayee. (Image: PTI)

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 A seven-day state mourning has been announced as a mark of respect for the former Prime Minister. Delhi government offices, schools and institutions have been closed. (Image: PTI)

A seven-day state mourning has been announced as a mark of respect for the former Prime Minister. Delhi government offices, schools and institutions have been closed. (Image: PTI)

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 People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

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 A convoy carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

A convoy carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

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 People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes through the Tilak Marg towards the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg for the last rites, in New Delhi (Image: PTI)

People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes through the Tilak Marg towards the BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg for the last rites, in New Delhi (Image: PTI)

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 People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

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 People walk along the convoy carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Image: PTI)

People walk along the convoy carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Image: PTI)

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 A cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

A cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

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 People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

People walk along the cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as it passes in front of the India Gate. (Image: PTI)

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 Mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken from his Krishna Menon Marg residence to BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg for the last rites, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

Mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee being taken from his Krishna Menon Marg residence to BJP headquarters at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg for the last rites, in New Delhi. (Image: PTI)

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 A cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

A cortege carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves from his Krishna Menon Marg residence towards BJP headquarters. (Image: PTI)

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