Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben Modi passed away in Ahmedabad in early hours of 30 December. She was 99.
'A glorious century comes to an end at the feet of God. I always felt that Maa symbolised a trinity - the journey of an ascetic, the spirit of a Karmayogi and a life committed to values," PM Modi tweeted, informing the public about her demise.
The PM further recollected, "When I met her on her 100th birthday, she said one thing: 'Kaam karo buddhi se, jeevan jiyo shuddhi se' (Work with intelligence, live life with purity).
Heeraben Modi was hospitalised in Gujarat's Ahmedabad on Wednesday, 28 December, after she took ill the previous night.
She was admitted to the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre in Ahmedabad.
PM Modi reached Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon to visit his mother.
Condolences Pour In
President Droupadi Murmu offered her condolences and said, "The hundred years of struggling life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraba is a symbol of Indian ideals."
"Modi imbibed the spirit of 'Matridevobhav' and the values of Heeraba in his life. I pray for the peace of the holy soul. My condolences to the family! she further said, in a tweet.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda expressed condolences over the demise of Heeraben Modi and said, "The struggles and virtuous life of Heera Ba ji is always an inspiration."
He added, "A mother's departure is an irreparable loss, it is impossible to fill this emptiness."
BJP National Spokesperson Sambhit Patra said, "Respected Hira Ba's centenary life was in the form of a divine light. I pray to God to give a place to the pious soul. Om Shanti."
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also expressed his condolences and said, "It is the mother who nourishes a person's life with values. Hiraba's virtuous life is an inspiration for all of us.
"My deepest condolences to the Prime Minister and the family in this hour of grief. Om shanti," he added.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also sent his prayers following Heeraben Modi's demise and said, "The news of the demise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother, Smt. Hira Ba, is very sad."
"In this difficult time, I express my deepest condolences and love to him and his family," Gandhi further said.
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