Former PM Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Haridwar

Haridwar, Aug 19 : Late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita and grand-daughter Niharika collected his ashes from the Smriti Sthal and immersed it in the Ganges here on Sunday.

Among those who were present at the immersion ceremony in Har-Ki-Pauri ghat were Vajpayee’s foster grand-daughter Niharika, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.

The same ritual, thereafter, will be performed in 100 other “sacred rivers” of the country. After Haridwar, Vajpayee’s ashes will be immersed in all the holy rivers of Uttar Pradesh, including Ganga, Yamuna and Tapti, to respect his grand stature.

Three urns carrying the ashes of the former Prime Minister was first taken to Prem Ashram here and then to Har-Ki-Pauri for immersion.

Vajpayee, the 10th prime minister of India, died on Thursday evening. He was cremated on Friday with full state honour at Smriti Sthal in the national capital.

Vajpayee’s foster-daughter Namita lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers.

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