President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday led the country in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on the 73rd death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, among others, also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in Delhi.

On behalf of a grateful nation, my humble tributes to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi who embraced martyrdom this day. We should adhere to his ideal of peace, non-violence, simplicity, purity of means and humility. Let us resolve to follow his path of truth and love,” the President said in a tweet.

Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi tweeted, “Tributes to the great Bapu on his Punya Tithi. His ideals continue to motivate millions. On Martyrs’ Day, we recall the heroic sacrifices of all those great women and men who devoted themselves towards India’s freedom and the well-being of every Indian.”

President Kovind and other top leaders also attended an all religion prayer at Rajghat.

Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led India to freedom from the British colonial rule, was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948.

Bapu, as he was lovingly called, played one of the most prominent roles in India’s freedom struggle through non-violence and peaceful ways.