On the eighth anniversary of the tragedy, relatives and friends of those who lost their lives held silent rallies and special services in the worst hit Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Chennai and Kanyakumari districts.
They offered milk and flowers at the sea for the departed souls. Fishermen in many hamlets stayed away from fishing as a mark of respect to the victims.
Image: Young kids offer prayers at Marina beach, that was hit by the 2004 tsunami, in Chennai, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami killed an estimated 230,000 people in 12 Indian Ocean nations, from Thailand to Sri Lanka. (AP)