The mortal remains of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, were taken from his ancestral house in Rameswaram to the local mosque ahead of the funeral as thousands of mourners -- young and old --poured into the island town to pay their last respects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries, including chief ministers of some states, took part in the last rites after 'Namaz-e-Janaza'.
The body of 83-year-old Kalam, who passed away in Shillong, was taken from the house around 9.30am to the mosque by the personnel of three services with the casket covered with traditional green shawl.
The Missile Man's death witnessed a huge outpouring of grief across the nation. In Delhi, thousands waited in the sultry heat for hours to pay their last respects to him. Serpentine queues were also witnessed in Rameswaram, where his body was brought on Wednesday.
The government has declared a national mourning for seven days in his honour.
Here are pictures of dignitaries and commoners paying their respects to the People's President:
With inputs from PTI, ANI, AFP