Prime Minister Narendra Modi met mother Hiraben to seek blessings on his birthday. He turned 69 on Tuesday. Before reaching Gandhinagar, PM Modi offered prayers to goddess Narmada at the Sardar Sarovar dam. He also addressed a public gathering as part of 'Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav'. Accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Modi offered prayers as part of the state government's Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav celebrations being held to mark the dam receiving water to its full capacity.
Prime Minister @narendramodi meets his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence, in Gandhinagar. Today is PM Modi's 69th birthday.#HappyBdayPMModi— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) September 17, 2019
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PM Modi also visited the Butterfly Garden in Kevadiya and named the saffron coloured plain tiger butterfly as the state butterfly.
PM Modi began the day with a visit to the Statue of Unity and the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada.
Modi said he was happy to see the rising number of visitors to the Statue of Unity. While the 133-year-old State of Liberty gets around 10,000 visitors per day, about 8,500 people visit the 11-month-old Statue of Unity daily, he said.
The Statue of Unity, billed as the tallest in the world, was inaugurated by him on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 last year. He also tweeted a video of the statue, taken from his helicopter.
PM Modi lauded the vision of Sardar Patel, adding the BJP-led government's decision last month on Jammu and Kashmir was an inspiration from the former home minister of India. The Union government's decision on Kashmir is inspired by Sardar Patel and is an attempt to find solution to a decades-old problem, said Modi.