President Pratibha Patil on Thursday mourned the death of Rajmata Gayatri Devi, the former maharani of Jaipur, saying that she was a "multi-faceted personality, who made a deep impression on account of her work in public life, culture and art".
In a condolence message to the bereaved family members, the president said: "I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of Gayatri Deviji.
"She was a parliamentarian and a pioneer in the field of women's education, an issue to which she was deeply committed. In her passing away, the nation has lost a reputed and a well known personality of national stature," said Patil.
Gayatri Devi, who was once considered one of the world's most beautiful women and always stayed in the limelight despite the fall of royalty in India, died in Jaipur Wednesday. She was 90.
Earlier Thursday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar also conveyed her condolences saying that Gayatri Devi was "a distinguished member of parliament and an exemplary human being" who contributed "purposively to the cause of national development".
"More notably, she championed the cause of empowerment of women and weaker sections," Meira Kumar said.