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Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani cremated with state honours

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

J P Vaswani, of Mission, was today cremated with full state honours at the premises here.

passed away on Thursday morning due to old-age related ailments at the He was 99.

Among those who were present at the cremation were senior BJP leader L K Advani and Girish Bapat who represented the government.

Collector, Naval Kishor Ram, laid a wreath on behalf of

of the diocese and Gyani from a city-based gurudwara recited prayers at the ceremony.

Among others who were present were industrialist Lila Poonawalla, Bahri Malhotra of and Sunil Deshpande, an RSS functionary.

The was cremated beside the mahasamadhi of the mission's founder, T L

A member of the said that its working chairperson, Krishna Kumari, lit the havan at the funeral while Gurinder Singh Babaji lit the pyre.

Condolence messages from the of India, and Chief Minister were read out in front of the gathering.

A video clip of the departed guru's discourse about death was also played.

Born on August 2, 1918 in Pakistan's city in a Sindhi family, Vaswani, as he was popularly known, was the of the Pune-based Vaswani Mission, a non-profit organisation involved in social work and charity.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 23:25 IST