Mumbai: Balasaheb Thackeray's body was cremated with full state honours at Shivaji Park at 06:16pm in Sunday evening. Son Uddhav lit the mortal remains of Balasaheb. Uddhav led Raj to perform certain rites together.
06:16pm: Son Uddhav lights Balasaheb's funeral pyre.
06:14pm: Balasaheb Thackeray cremated at Shivaji Park.
06:03pm: Raj Thackeray breaks down at 'last post' was played.
05:57pm: Full state honours as Balasaheb Thackeray is cremated.
5:54pm: Gun salute for Balasaheb Thackeray.
05:52pm: Balasaheb's mortal remins moved to funeral pyre.
05:46pm: Raj joines Uddhav to perform last rites.
05.44pm: Uddhav Thackeray performing last rites before cremation.
05:20pm: Full state honour for Balasaheb Thackeray.
05:03pm: Politicians, celebrities, VVIPs pay tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray.
05:02pm: Shiv Sainiks pay homage to Balasaheb Thackeray.
04:58pm: Bal Thackeray's body reaches final resting place.
04:54pm: Bal Thackeray's body taken at Shivaji Park.
04:53pm: Grandson Aditya Thackeray reaches Shivaji Park.
04:51pm: VHP leader Pravin Togadia at Shivaji Park.
04:49pm: Raj Thackeray and supporters at Shivaji Park.
04:36pm: Bal Thackeray’s funeral procession reaches Shivaji Park.
04:20pm: Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Ambani, Lata Mangeshkar, Nana Patekar, ritesh deshmukh at Shivaji Park.
04:18pm: "Thackeray's demise big loss for BJP", says Venkaiah Naidu.
04:17pm: Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Rajiv Shukla at Shivaji Park.
04:15pm: Top BJP leaders including LK Advani, Arun Jaitely, Sushma Swaraj, Narendra Modi, Nitin Gadkari, Gopinath Munde at Shivaji Park.
03:59pm: Bal Thackeray’s procession heads to Shivaji Park for final rites.
03:22pm: "We are taking our god to his temple", says Uddhav.
03:20pm: Bal Thackeray's body is being taken inside Sena Bhavan.
Shiv Sainiks bid adieu to Bal Thackeray
02:50pm: Funeral procession reaches Dadar. CM Chavan appeales for calm during procession.
02:40pm: 20 lakh people out on Mumbai streets to pay homage. 20,000 police personnel and 15 SRPF companies deployed.
02:00pm: Funeral procession reaches Matunga.
01:05pm: "Our dead are never dead to us,until we have forgotten them.The memory of Bal Thackeray will live in the memory of we Mubaikars forever. Memories of my childhood days of growing up in Shivaji Park invade me. The story of Mumbai is incomplete without Balasaheb Thackeray," Mahesh Bhatt on twitter.
12:53pm: Bal Thackeray’s body taken to Sena HQ.
12:45pm: Traffic advisory: No entry, no parking at Annie Besant Road, Veer Savarkar Road, LJ Road, Gokhale Road, till 10pm. No parking allowed at Ranade Road , NC Kelkar Road, Kataria Marg, Sayani Marg.
12:34pm: Raj Thackeray reaches at Shivaji Park.
11:52am: Jewellers across Mumbai will keep their shops closed on Monday to mourn the death of Bal Thackeray.
11: 45am: Bal Thackeray's procession reaches Matunga.
11:30am: Ratan Tata condoles Bal Thackeray’s demise, describes him as ‘a strong leader of his people’.
11:09am: Raj Thackeray walks behind Bal Thackeray’s hearse.
11:00am: Over 19lakh people join Shiv Sena chief’s final journey. All police leaves cancelled.
10:50am: Bal Thackeray’s cortege accompanied by family and party leaders including Manohar Joshi, Sanjay Raut, Diwakar Raote, Vinayak Raut, Neelam Gorhe, Subhash Desai, Anil Desai, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, among others.
10:39am: Around 8 to 10 lakh people expected to gather at Shivaji Park for the cremation at 6pm.
10:34am: Unprecedented security arrangements in Mumbai.
10:28am: Sea of humanity accompanies Balasaheb Thackeray’s cortege. Darshan will be allowed at Sena Bhawan.
10:21am: Balasaheb Thackeray’s cortege moving towards Sena Bhavan.
10:19am: Mumbai comes to a standstill, mourns Balasaheb Thackeray’s demise.
10:13am: Over 1,00,000 people following Balasaheb Thackeray’s cortege.
10:08am: Procession moves towards Mahim Causeway.
10:07am: Unprecedented number of people on the streets.
10:03am: State hounour for Balasaheb Thackeray. Maharashtra government has announced that Thackeray will be accorded a state funeral.
09:58am: Raj Thackeray is not on the hearse, but is travelling ahead of the hearse in a separate vehicle: Sources.
09:49am: Unprecedented crowds as cortege moves. Thousands emotional Shiv Sainiks shower flowers at procession.
09:46am: Procession reaches Kalanagar flyover.
09:42am: Funeral procession begins.
09:30am: Thackeray’s body to be kept for public darshan till 5pm.
09:15 am: Body flanked by family members and Shiv Sainiks. Thackeray's body being taken from Matoshree to Shivaji Park.
09:10 am: Bal Thackeray’s body brought out of his residence Matoshree.
08:40 am: Taxis and autos stay off roads.
08:20 am: Around 20,000 policemen stand guard along the funeral procession route from Matoshree to Shivaji Park.
08:05 am: Raj Thackeray reaches Matoshree along with his wife.
07:40 am: RAF teams on standby at Matoshree.
The final journey of Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray began with his body being taken out for funeral procession from his residence in suburban Bandra on Sunday morning amid presence of thousands of grief-stricken Shiv Sainiks, who have come from across Maharashtra.
The body of 86-year-old Sena leader, who breathed his last on Saturday, was taken out of his residence 'Matoshree' in a hearse adorned with flowers.
Thackeray, who was critically ill since last Wednesday, was declared dead on Saturday by Dr Jaleel Parkar who was treating him. The Sena chief had been suffering from respiratory problems and pancreatic disease.
According to doctors, Thackeray passed away at 3.33 PM due to cardiac arrest.
Thackeray's cortège will first go to Sena Bhavan, the party headquarters in Dadar, and the body would later be kept at Shivaji Park for people to pay their last respects.
The last rites will be performed at 6 PM at Shivaji Park, where the Sena patriarch addressed his party workers for over four decades since 1966.
"The state government has already announced that Thackeray will be accorded a state funeral," state Protocol Minister Suresh Shetty said.
Extensive security arrangements have been put in place in the state, particularly in Mumbai, with over 20,000 police personnel deployed in the metropolis to keep a tight vigil.
Security has been beefed up at 'Matoshree' and Shivaji Park with vehicular traffic prohibited in and around the area. Shiv Sainiks have also formed a human chain to enable the procession pass smoothly.
The bereaved Thackeray family is accompanied by several Sena leaders including Manohar Joshi, Diwakar Raote, party spokesperson Sanjay Raut, Neelam Gorhe, Vinayak Raut, Anil Desai, Subhash Desai, senior BJP Gopinath Munde, among others.
Thackeray's newspapers sport full black front pages
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's favourite newspapers Saamna (in Marathi) and Dopahar Ka Saamna (in Hindi) were on Sunday published with a full black cover jackets and full black cover pages.
Thackeray was the founder-editor of both the newspapers, though the day-to-day affairs were managed by hand-picked and trusted executive editors.
This is the first time in Saamna's history — since it was launched Jan 23, 1988 — that its two main cover pages are printed in sheer black. On the jacket cover is a large smiling picture of Bal Thackeray, a heading in large font — "Aaple Saheb Gele" (Our Boss Departs) — and a small poem in Marathi below it.
The inside main cover has a flier headline: "Ishwari Avtarache Swargarohan" (A divine avatar goes to heaven), accompanied by the day's top story headlined: "Balasaheb navache vadal shaant zhale" (A storm cloud called Balasaheb is peaceful).
Dopahar Ka Saamna, which usually remained closed on Sundays, brought out a special edition as a tribute to Thackeray, said executive editor Prem Shukla.
It also sports a full black cover with a silhouetted right side visage of Thackeray with the headline: "Hinduon Ke Mahadev Ka Mahaprayan", and a small poem: "Jo uthe Ram/jo uthe Krishna/Bharat ki mitti roti hai/ Kya hua hamare Saheb ko/Yeh murti na zinda hoti hai."
The remaining inside pages have thick black bands with the stories in a grey background, or other colours depending on the editorial and pictorial content.
Saamna was founded as a party organ to convey Thackeray's views to the Marathi masses directly. Dopahar Ka Saamna was launched Feb 23, 1993, to woo north Indians settled in Maharashtra and also make Thackeray's views heard in New Delhi.
Shukla said this was probably the first time in Indian media history that two daily newspapers had published their front pages in full black as a tribute to the Shiv Sena founder and their editor Bal Thackeray.
Moreover, Thackeray's name also appeared as 'Editor' in its regular place, as it has been since the launch of both the newspapers.