Ahmedabad: In his first visit to his hometown Vadnagar in Gujarat after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Sunday bowed to his school, where he studied, by kneeling down on the ground.

On a two-day tour to Gujarat, he visited his hometown where he inaugurated a medical college and multi-specialty hospital building constructed with an amount of Rs400 crore.

Addressing a public meeting, Modi said that he felt very special to have received a warm welcome from the people.

Modi, who is visiting his hometown for the first time after becoming Prime Minister in 2014, had on Saturday tweeted about his visit. "I look forward to visiting Vadnagar. This visit will bring back several memories from my childhood."

The city has been decorated with flags and buntings for the visit of the Prime Minister. Hundreds of people gathered along the route to welcome the Prime Minister as he arrived in a black Range Rover SUV and waved to the crowd. People cheered and showered flowers on him. Modi inaugurated the Rs 500 crore GMERS medical college and also interacted with the medical students in the classroom.

This hospital is set to cater to lakhs of patients in North Gujarat and south Rajasthan, which borders the region. Modi also visited his school where he knelt and touched his forehead to the ground. He also offered prayers at the Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple here. Modi used to vend tea as a young boy at the railway station here.

Later, PM Modi also flagged off the Antyodhaya Express through a video link from Bharuch Starting from Udhna station in Surat, the train enables comfortable journey for Chhath Puja yatris. — (IANS)