Bihar, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh were among the states which saw elections on Tuesday.
Voting was held in 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.
Counting for all the seven phases of voting will be taken up on 23 May.
The government has suggested that it be extended to municipal schools as well.
The recipients include former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and musician Shankar Mahadevan.
Four states will also vote for the assembly in addition to the Lok Sabha.
The awards were conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind.
He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna in 1991.
The Prime Minister took a Metro ride to south Delhi’s ISKCON Temple for the programme.
The Election Commission of India is expected to announce the poll schedule soon.