VG Siddhartha's final rites: 10,000 people pay last respects, cremation held in Chikkamagaluru
The final rites of Cafe Coffee Day owner and SM Krishna's son-in-law VG Siddhartha were performed at his farm in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka. More than 10,000 people witnessed the last rites and paid their last respects.
Chhikkamagaluru: The final rites of Cafe Coffee Day owner, SM Krishna's son-in-law VG Siddhartha were held at Chethanahalli farm in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka, today.
More than 10,000 people including dignitaries chief minister BS Yediyurappa, former CM Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah and others paid their last respects to Siddhartha.
Siddhartha's elder son Amartya lit the funeral pyre. The body was carried to the venue by Amartya and Siddhartha's younger son Ishan.
When the mortal remains were brought from Mangaluru to Chikkamagaluru, Siddhartha's mother Vasanthi Hegde, wife Malavika and sons broke down.
The mortal remains were kept for the public to pay their last respects at ABC Coffee Curing Centre in Chikkamagaluru.
The funeral pyre was made of logs of sandalwood, jackfruit tree and banyan tree that were grown in Siddhartha's Chethanahalli farm.
The rituals were held according to Vokkaliga traditions.
Siddhartha had gone missing from Mangaluru on Monday (July 29) night. As he was last spotted near Netravati bridge, a search was launched near the river. The body was found today (July 31) after 36 hours of search operation.
Postmortem was conducted at Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru and the mortal remains were handed over to the family.