Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben Modi passed away at the age of 100 early on Friday morning.
In fond tributes to his mother following her death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he always felt in her the presence of a trinity combining an ascetic's journey, a selfless doer and a life committed to values.
PM Modi's mother Hiraben passed away at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday. Modi who was scheduled to visit West Bengal left for Ahmedabad after the demise of his mother.
However, the programmes will be held as per plan as PM Modi may join the pre-planned West Bengal events through video conferencing.
She was admitted to Ahmedabad's UN Mehta Hospital after her health deteriorated.
UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre said in a statement, "Hiraba Modi passed away on December 30 at 3.30 a.m. (early morning) during the treatment at UN Mehta Heart hospital."
Prime Minister Modi recalled that when he met her on her 100th birthday, she had told him: “work with wisdom and live with purity”.
The PM took to Twitter to inform about the demise of his mother.
"A glorious century rests at the feet of God... In Maa, I have always felt that trinity, which contains the journey of an ascetic, the symbol of a selfless Karmayogi and a life committed to values," the Prime Minister posted a heartfelt tribute informing about his mother's death.
शानदार शताब्दी का ईश्वर चरणों में विराम... मां में मैंने हमेशा उस त्रिमूर्ति की अनुभूति की है, जिसमें एक तपस्वी की यात्रा, निष्काम कर्मयोगी का प्रतीक और मूल्यों के प्रति प्रतिबद्ध जीवन समाहित रहा है। pic.twitter.com/yE5xwRogJi— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 30, 2022
Hiraben, also called Hiraba, lived at Raysan village near Gandhinagar city with Modi's younger brother Pankaj Modi. The prime minister regularly visited Raysan and spent time with his mother during his visits to Gujarat.
Tributes pour in after the demise of PM Modi's mother.
माँ ममता का मानसरोवर— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) December 30, 2022
हिमगिरि-सा विश्वास है
माँ श्रद्धा की आदिशक्ति-सी
कावा है कैलाश है
माँ धरती के धैर्य सरीखी
माँ ममता की खान है
माँ की उपमा केवल है
माँ सचमुच भगवान है
माँ भारती को यशस्वी प्रधान सेवक देनेवाली आदरणीया माँ हीराबेन को ईश्वर अपने श्रीचरणों में स्थान दें। ॐ शांति🙏 pic.twitter.com/PeLvQelZOu
'A loving mother who gave the most precious diamond for the nation...', tweeted Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, "For 100 glorious years, Heeraben Maa blessed us all with her affection. She was a symbol of simplicity, humility and conviction. As she leaves for heavenly abode, with teary eyes, i join millions in prayers. May her blessings always be with us @narendramodi."
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also took to Twitter to express his condolence.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of #HeerabenModi, mother of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family members and friends during this hour of grief. #OmShanti.— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) December 30, 2022
Expressing grief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said mother's demise creates a void in life that is impossible to fill.
"I am deeply pained by the passing away of Hira Ba, mother of Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi. The death of a mother leaves such a void in one's life that is impossible to fill. I express my condolences to the Prime Minister and his entire family in this hour of grief," Singh said in a tweet.
Paying tributes, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said it was the values which Hiraben imparted to her family through a difficult life full of struggles that has given the country a leader like Modi.
Her simple and compassionate image will always be with us, he said.
Amit Shah and JP Nadda also expressed their condolences.
प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी की पूज्य माताजी हीरा बा के स्वर्गवास की सूचना अत्यंत दुःखद है। माँ एक व्यक्ति के जीवन की पहली मित्र और गुरु होती है जिसे खोने का दुःख निःसंदेह संसार का सबसे बड़ा दुःख है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 30, 2022
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी की पूज्य माता जी के निधन पर गहन शोक संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ।— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) December 30, 2022
हीरा बा जी का संघर्षपूर्ण व सात्विक जीवन सदैव प्रेरणा है जिनके वात्सल्य व सत्यनिष्ठा से देश को यशस्वी नेतृत्व मिला।
माँ का जाना अपूरणीय क्षति है, इस रिक्तता की पूर्ती असंभव है।
Similarly, Democratic Azad Party chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed condolences and wrote, "Saddened to hear the demise of Smt. Heeeraben, mother of PM Shri @narendramodi ji. I know that words are of little solace at such times. However, my heartfelt condolences to Hon'ble Prime Minister. I also pray for the eternal peace of the departed soul."
Indian National Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge tweeted, "Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Smt. Heeraben Modi. My heartfelt condolences to Sri @narendramodi ji on the loss of his beloved mother. Our thoughts and prayers are witht eh entire family in this hour of grief."