Bal Thackeray's ashes to be immersed in Godavari
The ashes of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, who died on Saturday, will be immersed in the Godavari river in Nashik district of Maharashtra on Friday.
According to reports on Wednesday, the urn containing Thackeray's ashes will be kept at party office here till Thursday for 'darshan'.
On Wednesday, it was kept at several places in the district, including Niphad, Nashik Road, Sinnar, Trimbakeshwar, Dindori, Yeola, Manmad, Pimpalgaon and Nandgaon, where people could pay homage to Thackeray.
Thackeray died on Saturday after battling ailments for days, ending an era in Maharashtra and national politics in course of which many opposed to his functioning struggling to come to terms with his brand of firebrand nationalism. He was 86.
On Sunday evening, amid chanting of Vedic hymns, shouts of "Amar Rahe", a 21 gun salute and tears of countless followers and political heirs- son Uddhav Thackeray and nephew Raj Thackeray-, Bal Thackeray was cremated at Shivaji Park after a daylong funeral procession that traversed across Mumbai, a city that the late Maratha pride champion almost controlled with iron hand for decades.