Several lakhs of grief-stricken men and women from all over the State to-day [February 3] made a pilgrimage to the Government Estate to pay their last respects to Mr. C.N. Annadurai. It was a vast surging humanity jampacking all the approach roads to the Government Estate, demonstrating the fact that the charismatic leader of the South held sway over the hearts of millions of people. Never before had such a mammoth crowd been seen paying homage to a departed leader. In fact, the onrush of people towards the Rajaji Hall in Government Estate where Mr. Annadurai’s body lay in state, was so great that repeated attempts to hold them and organise them into orderly queues failed. Mr. Annadurai’s body was brought to the Rajaji Hall by about 7 a.m. when thousands of people had already collected to have a glimpse of their “Anna”.