Amid cries of people hailing him as "Thalaivar," (leader), DMK president M Karunanidhi's last journey began with thousands of people paying their last respects.
Slogans like 'Kalaignar pugazh vazhga vazhgavey' (long live the glory of Karunanidhi) rent the air as tri-service personnel lifted the glass casket containing the mortal remains and walked up to the flower bedecked military gun carriage (rpt gun carriage).
Sobbing family members, including the late leader's sons M K Stalin and Tamizharasu, followed them.
The military gun carriage (rpt military gun carriage) inched its way to the Marina beach about 1.7 km from Rajaji Hall with thousands of people lining up on the roads to catch a last glimpse of the departed leader.
Hundreds of people sporting black shirts and carrying pictures and banners of the late leader followed the military gun carriage (rpt military gun carriage).
Karunanidhi's body was draped in the national tri-colour with his trademark black glasses, yellow shawl, white shirt and dhothi on.
The mortal remains of Karunanidhi will be lowered into the burial pit behind the samadhi of his mentor and DMK founder C N Annadurai at Marina beach with full state honours.
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