Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning led the funeral service of his late mother, Heeraben Modi, who passed away in an Ahmedabad hospital.

PM Modi, who reached Gujarat in the morning, first paid tribute to his mother at her Raysan residence and then carried the bier with the mortal remains to the crematorium in Gandhinagar for the last rites.

PM Modi’s mother Heeraben laid to rest

Heeraben passed away at around 3:30 am today at the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad, where she was hospitalised on Wednesday after her health deteriorated.

Modi pays tribute to mother

Earlier, the prime minister tweeted that “a great journey of 100 years” has ended with his mother’s demise.

“A great journey of 100 years has come to an end. I have witnessed three qualities in mother, a journey like that of a tapasvi (saint), a selfless worker and life dedicated to values,” Modi tweeted.

“When I met her on her 100th birthday she told one thing which I always remember. “Kam karo buddhi thi, jivan jivo suddhi thi” (work using your brain and live life with purity,” he said in the tweet.

Modi visited her on 100th birthday

PM Modi visited the hospital to inquire about his mother’s health on Wednesday after learning about her condition. After spending over an hour at the hospital that day, the PM left for Delhi after doctors informed him that her health was stable. He had also spoken to doctors at the hospital, a government-funded autonomous medical facility.

Heeraben, also called Hiraba, lived in Raysan village with PM Modi’s younger brother. The prime minister regularly visited Raysan and spent time with his mother during most of his Gujarat visits.


Ahead of the recently held Gujarat assembly polls, the prime minister, during campaigning, had visited his mother, who turned 100 this June.

During the occasion, a road in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar was also named after her.

“We decided to name an 80-meter-road in Raysan area as Pujya Hiraba Marg so that the next generation takes inspiration from her life,” Gandhinagar Mayor Hitesh Makwana had said.

Heeraben had also cast her vote in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls.


Heeraben Modi’s family, children

PM Modi has several times in the past spoken about how his mother had struggled to bring up her children.

Heeraba was born on June 18 1922, in Mehsana, Gujarat and was married at a young age to Damodardas Moolchand Modi.

The couple had six children– five sons and a daughter.

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