Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsman to be given the honour. His wife and daughter attended the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
12:45 (IST) "I am proud to have been born in this country. I would like to say thank you to everyone for their support and I will continue to bat for India," says Tendulkar.
12:40 (IST) Sachin: What can I say? It is the greatest honour of my life
12:10 (IST) A proud moment for Sachin's family as well. Wife Anjali and daughter Sarah watch on with pride.
12:08 (IST) Sachin Tendulkar follows Professor CNR Rao and receives Bharat Ratna from India's President.
12:06 (IST) President Pranab Mukherjee arrives. The national anthem played out at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
12:01 (IST) Sachin Tendulkar had earlier dedicated the title to all the mothers in the country. He had said that his mother had made a lot of sacrifices for him, like every Indian mother for her child.
11:59 (IST) Sachin Tendulkar has left his hotel building with his wife Anjali and daughter Sara. He will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna- the only sportsperson to be honoured with the title and at 40, the youngest overall as well.