The stadium reverberated with Rahman's Games theme song "Yaaro, India Bula Liya" and his famous "Jai Ho" number from his Oscar-winning " Slumdog Millionaire" album, in the midst of a spectacular fireworks display, before the curtains came down on the spectacular ceremony.
For the first time in Games history the athletes who took part in the march past were later seated on the periphery to watch the remaining part of the pageant.
A tight security blanket was thrown around the capital with snipers too placed on building terraces situated on the periphery of the stadium's approach roads ahead of the commencement.
The 19th edition of the Games will see more than 6,800 athletes and officials, the biggest-ever assembly in the history of the multi-discipline event which began in 1930, taking part in 17 disciplines ranging from athletics to netball and lawn bowls.
Competitions in 17 disciplines would commence in earnest tomorrow with the opening day seeing eight gold medals being decided.In Image: Fireworks are launched from the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at the start of the XIX Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in New Delhi on October 3, 2010. India's day of destiny finally arrived with the Games due to begin in fortress-like New Delhi, after a shambolic run-up that threatened to derail the event.Coverage: Commonwealth Games 2010