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Bal Thackeray's ashes to be taken across the country

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 20, 2012
First Published: 02:05 IST(20/11/2012) | Last Updated: 02:07 IST(20/11/2012)

Shiv Sainiks, who did could get a last glimpse of their leader Sena chief Bal Thackeray during his funeral at the packed Shivaji Park, will now get a chance to pay their respects to his asthi-kalashs (urns with his ashes).


Thackeray’s ashes will be sent to different parts of the country on November 21 for two days, after which it will be immersed in various holy rivers by his Sainiks.

This decision was made after several Sainiks expressed their disappointment at not being able to see their leader, and demanded that the party allow workers to pay their last respects to his ashes.

A day after Bal Thackeray’s body was cremated at the historical Shivaji Park on Sunday evening, his son Sena executive president Uddhav,  who lit his pyre, collected his father’s ashes from the ground on Monday morning.

Senior Sena leaders and son Aditya Thackeray accompanied Uddhav to collect the ashes amid rituals conducted by priests.

The ashes of the Sena chief have been collected in two urns; one urn will be taken to Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters at Dadar, and the other will be kept at his home, Matoshree, in Kalanagar for sometime before the ashes are immersed.

On Tuesday, the ashes at Sena Bhavan will distributed among many urns and given to Sena leaders, legislators, MP’s and state heads so that they are placed in different parts of the country.

According to information given by the Sena, the urns will then be taken to Hariharshwar in Konkan, Nashik, Haridwar, Kashi, Kanyakumari and immersed in different holy rivers in the country, where his last rites will performed by his Sainiks.

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