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Gandhinagar: On his 64th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought mother’s blessings at her home here on Wednesday.

The PM also received calls from his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and President Pranab Mukherjee to wish him. Chinese President Xi Jinping also wished the Prime Minister.

Donning his iconic half sleeve saffron-coloured kurta and a hand woven scarf, Modi arrived here, 23 km from Ahmedabad, alone in a normal vehicle without any security to meet his mother Hira Baa on his first birthday as Prime Minister.

Modi’s mother put both her hands on her son’s head and blessed him when the Prime Minister bowed to touch her feet. Gujarati sweets – churma ke laddoo, lapsi and kansar – were offered to the PM by his mother.

Sources said that Hira Baa contributed Rs 5,001 towards Kashmir flood relief and handed over that amount to Modi.

The Prime Minister spent about 25 minutes there.

PM Modi’s mother had been counting the days and hours to embrace her son on his birthday. This is the first visit of Modi to his home state after he became the Prime Minister.

President Mukherjee called up Modi to wish him.

Vice President Hamid Ansari also wished him.

Meanwhile, Gujarat’s Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on microblogging website Twitter, saluted Hira baa for giving a nationalist son to India.