Several dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Venkiah Naidu, Manohar Parrikar, Tamil Nadu Governor and others paid their final tributes.
Tens of thousands of people gathered to pay homage to the leader. On Wednesday, braving scorching heat, people thronged the pandal that had been erected for them to pay respect to the man who strived hard till his last breath to instill confidence in them for nation building.
From Delhi, his body was carried to Madurai in a special aircraft where it was received by Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosiah and Chief Secretary Gnanadesikan.
Later, it was brought to the Mandapam Camp in Rameswaram by helicopter at 1.50 pm, where the Ramnad District Collector K. Nandakumar and Superintendent of Police N. Mayilvahanan and Kalam’s family members received it.