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Mumbai bids farewell to Bal Thackeray

Last updated on: November 18, 2012 10:31 IST

Image: The scene outside Matoshree at 7am on Sunday morning
Photographs: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Supporters of late Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray turned up in large numbers early Sunday morning to pay their last tributes to the leader.

Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel, Rajesh Karkera, Hitesh Harisinghani and Sonil Dedhia captured these moments.

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Mumbai bids farewell to Bal Thackeray


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Another view of the crowded intersection outside Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's residence

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Posters paying tribute to Bal Thackeray at the deserted Mahim Causeway.

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A milk man pedals his way towards Mahim. Behind him is the banner put up by Shiv Sena mourning the demise of Thackeray

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The stage -- erected at Shivaji Park -- where Bal Thackeray's body will be kept for 'darshan'

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A stream of supporters is flowing into Shivaji Park to pay respects to Bal Thackeray

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A somber sign, marking Balasaheb Thackeray's passing, in front of the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation, Mumbai's civic body, where the Shiv Sena is a majority, among its 227 members. CST is to the right.

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Travellers, who have just arrived at CST station, are stranded. No taxis are running and they need to reach Kalbadevi.

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A group of Sainiks, who have arrived all the way from Nanded in Marathawada, over 600 km away, prepare to walk across Tilak bridge for Balasaheb Thackeray's funeral, after a quick breakfast.

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Entry onto Tilak bridge, from Prabodhankar Thackeray Chowk, named after Balasaheb Thackeray's father, is closed.

Sena Bhavan, where the leader's body will be kept for darshan,  is just over the bridge. Innumerable vehicles with saffron flags and tiger stickers/signs, that have brought Sainiks in from all parts of the state, are parked all around the chowk. State buses discharge hordes more.

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Eloquently-painted signs of this father figure of the Maharashtrians are up all over the city.

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Empty streets.

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News is being consumed voraciously at a newstall at Dharavi-Matunga.

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This giant hoarding is up at the start to the Dadar flyover.

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A Sainik car.

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 Sign after sign.

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Media cameramen stationed atop the footbridge at Mahim Causeway.

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Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police, traffic division instructs his men to clear the road.

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Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic division, Vivek Phansalkar talks to his men.

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Police cordon off the main road from Mahim leading towards Shivaji Park.

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Public waiting to get a glimpse of the procession.

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Cleaning of the sewers at Mahim causeway.

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Children too wait in anticipation to get a glimpse of the procession.

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Women and children wait to get a glimpse of the procession. 

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ATM's remain closed

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Sunday prayers at Mahim church.

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Police cordon off the area outside Mahim church to clear the path for the procession.

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