Mumbai: Maharashtra caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday (November 17) paid tribute to Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on his 7th death anniversary.

"Salutations to our inspirational source, Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray on his death anniversary," Fadnavis tweeted in Marathi.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, too, paid tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray on his seventh death anniversary at Shivaji Park.

Born on January 23, 1926, in Pune, Thackeray had begun his professional career as a cartoonist with the English-language daily "The Free Press Journal".

He later quit his job and founded the Shiv Sena in 1966 to advocate for the interests of the people of Maharashtra in Mumbai's political and professional landscape.

Thackeray was also the founder of the Marathi-language newspaper 'Saamana'. He did not hold any official positions during his political career.

Thackeray breathed his last on November 17, 2012, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 86.

Present Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray will also pay obeisance to the Shiv Sena founder at Shivaji Park in Mumbai later in the day.