The mother of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Heeraben Modi, passed away at the age of 99.
In the western state of Gujarat, where she resided, she had been admitted to the hospital after her health deteriorated.
“A glorious century rests at the feet of God,” Mr Modi tweeted. He was seen lighting his mother’s funeral pyre in Gandhinagar on Friday morning.
For her blessing on significant occasions and festivals, the Indian prime minister frequently paid his mother visits.
Heeraben turned 99 on June 18, and Mr. Modi said that Heeraben’s life and sacrifices “molded” his mind, personality, and sense of self.
“My Mother is as simple as she is extraordinary. Just like all mothers,” he wrote
.On December 4, when Mr. Modi paid a visit to her home during the assembly election in Gujarat, his home state, they were last spotted together in the open.
Heeraben resided with the younger brother and family of Mr. Modi.
On social media, several ministers and lawmakers posted condolences for her passing.
When Mr. Modi visited her home on December 4 for the assembly election in Gujarat, his home state, they were last spotted together in public.
Heeraben resided with the household of Mr. Modi’s younger brother.
On social media, a number of politicians and ministers posted condolences for her passing.
Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, said that the news left him “very grieved.”
“The death of a mother leaves such a void in one’s life that is impossible to fill,” he wrote.
The former vice-president of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, also offered his condolences.
Heeraben was born in 1923 in Visnagar, in the Mehsana district of Gujarat.
“Her childhood was one of poverty and deprivation,” Mr Modi wrote.
She married Damodardas Mulchand Modi when she was a teenager and relocated to the nearby town of Vadnagar
In Vadnagar, our family used to stay in a tiny house which did not even have a window, let alone a luxury like a toilet or a bathroom,” Mr Modi wrote in his blog.
He described his mother as punctual, neat and a hard worker. “While working, she would hum her favourite bhajans and hymns,” he wrote.
Heeraben never went to public events, Mr. Modi claimed, adding that she had only ever accompanied him to two occasions, the second of which was in 2001 when he first took the oath of office as Gujarat’s chief minister.
“Since then, she has never accompanied me to a single public event,” he wrote.
Even though he took office as prime minister of India in 2014, Heeraben only paid him a visit in Delhi in 2016. She was shown around Mr. Modi’s official residence in images he shared of himself.
Months later, when Mr. Modi’s administration controversially outlawed 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in an effort to combat hidden wealth, Heeraben was pictured visiting a bank to exchange old notes, just like millions of other Indians.
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