Sahasa Simha, Dr Vishnuvardhan, who died of heart attack
at Vikram Hospital in Mysore at 2.30 on December 30, 2009, was
finally laid to rest at the Abhiman Studios in Bangalore on
Wednesday evening. Before this, his body was kept at National
College Ground for his fans to pay the tribute to their departed
hero from 10.00am to 4.00 pm.
The funeral procession of Dr Vishnuvardhan started from National
College Ground at 4.30 pm. Thousands of Vishnu fans descended on
the streets to give their grand farewell to the departed soul.
Although tight security arrangements were made on the way to
Abhiman Studios, the police had to resort to lathi charge on
several places when the disappointed fans threw stones and set fire
The funeral procession reached Abhiman Studios at 7. pm and last
funeral rites were held as per Bramhin religion till 8.00 pm. The
star's brother Ravi finally lighted the funeral pyre at around 8
pm. Before this, a state honour was given to the departed soul.
Police offered three rounds of fire in the air and gun salute
during the funeral ceremony. Amidst tight security everything went
Apart from family, friends and fans, Karnataka Chief Miniser BS
Yediyurappa and several of his cabinet ministers too were present
at the funeral. Vishnu's good friends Ambareesh, Shivaram and
Rockline Venkatesh stayed close to the body all through the
proceedings. Ambi was even seen helping control the crowd.
Meanwhile, the government has decided to set up a memorial at
the Abhiman studios. It has announced a grant of Rs 10 crore to set
up the memorial, apart from granting two acres of land towards the