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President Pranab Mukherjee paying homage at Rajpath, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, in New Delhi Oct. 2. (IANS photo)

New Delhi: The nation on Friday remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and other leaders paying floral tributes to him at his memorial here.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Mahesh Sharma, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader L. K. Advani and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad too joined in paying homage to the Father of the Nation.

Modi, who arrived at Rajghat at around 7:40 AM, offered rose petals to the samadhi, which attracts a large number of Gandhian followers and admirers on this day.

Clad in a khadi kurta and white pyjama, and a long traditional scarf, Modi, paid homage to the Mahatma by bowing his head at his memorial and performing a "parikrama"(circumambulation).

"Heartfelt homage to revered father of the nation ('Poojya baapu ko shat shat naman')," Modi wrote on Twitter.

He also posted a sepia-toned picture of Gandhi, standing beside a broom, to emphasize the Gandhian vision-driven mission of Swachh Bharat.

Mukherjee also paid floral tributes to the Mahatma at his memorial. An all-faith prayer ceremony was also held on the occasion at the memorial. Both Modi and Mukherjee attended the function during their brief visits.

The ambassadors of France and Japan, among others, attended the function.

A large number of school children also gathered at the venue to pay homage to the father of the nation.

The nation also remembered former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his 111th birth anniversary with Modi leading the nation in paying homage to the leader, who gave the slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan," at his memorial at Vijay Ghat.

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