Gandhinagar (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence in Gandhinagar on her 100th birthday.
PM Modi tweeted this morning, “Took blessings of my mother today as she enters her 100th year.”
Prime Minister arrived in Gandhinagar on Saturday morning. On the occasion of his mother’s birthday, PM Modi washed her feet and sought her blessings.
Prime Minister last met her mother in March during his two-day Gujarat visit.
On the occasion of Heeraben Modi’s 100th birthday today, a road in Gandhinagar will be named after her to “keep her name alive forever and for future generations to learn lessons of service.”
Gandhinagar Mayor, Hitesh Makwana in a statement said, “PM Narendra Modi’s mother Hiraba is turning 100 years old and keeping in account the demand and feelings of the people of the state capital, it has been decided to name the 80-metre road from Raysan Petrol pump as Pujya Hiraba Marg”.
The statement further added that it was decided to rename the 80-meter road for the purpose of keeping the name of Hiraba alive forever and for future generations to learn the lessons of renunciation, penance, service and conscientiousness from it. Later on Saturday, PM Modi will be visiting the famous pilgrimage site of Pavagadh in the Panchmahal district where he will unfurl the flag after performing pooja.
PM in his blog mentioned that mother, as a word, was just not an ordinary term in the dictionary. According to PM, the word encompasses a range of emotions such as love, patience, trust and a lot more. He said that a mother not only gives birth to her children but also shapes their minds, personality and self-confidence. And, while doing all these, she selflessly sacrifices her own needs and aspirations.
“Today, I feel extremely happy and fortunate to share that my mother Smt. Heeraba is entering her hundredth year. This is going to be her birth centenary year. If my father had been alive, he too would have celebrated his 100th birthday last week. 2022 is a special year as my mother’s centenary year is starting, and my father would have completed his,” wrote PM Modi on his blog.
The prime minister noted that there were only two instances when his mother accompanied him publicly.
He also wrote that his mother made him realise that it was possible to be learned without being formally educated. “Her thought process and farsighted thinking have always surprised me,” he said.
Reflecting on his mother’s extremely simple lifestyle, Modi wrote that even today, there are no assets in his mother’s name. “I have never seen her wear any gold ornaments, and she has no interest either. Like earlier, she continues to lead an extremely simple lifestyle in her small room,” he stated.
Once, it was at a public function in Ahmedabad when she applied tilak on his forehead after he had returned from Srinagar where he had hoisted the national flag at the Lal Chowk after completing the Ekta Yatra, he said.
The second instance was when he first took oath as Gujarat’s chief minister in 2001.
As per media reports, Modi’s mother prefers not to eat any special food, but to cook her own food. She doesn’t like food with more oil and spices. She likes to eat lentils, rice, khichdi and chapati in her daily diet. And in sweets, he likes to eat sugar candy and lapsi.