Mumbai: It's a baby girl for Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan.

Aishwarya, 38, gave birth to the child this morning at the private Seven Hills Hospital where she was admitted on Monday night.

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First time father, Abhishek, 35, broke the news on Twitter, saying "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!! :)))))".

Abhishek later tweeted, "Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Both Aishwarya and the baby are doing great and taking some much needed rest."

A jubilant father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan joined in: "I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl!! A dada ji ... Ecstatic !!!!"
Amitabh was the one who broke the news of Aishwarya's pregnancy in June.

Several celebrities visited the hospital to greet the new born and the mother.

Actress Sonali Bendre with husband Goldie Behl, producer Bunty Walia, director Apoorva Lakhia and ex-SP leader Amar Singh visited the hospital on Wednesday.

Other celebrities also joined in the celebrations to welcome the new addition to the Bachchan family.

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar said, "Bachchan parivaar ko bohot bohot badhaai. Unke ghar mein Lakshmi aayi ( Many congratulations to Bachchan family on the arrival of Lakshmi)."

Shah Rukh congratulated both the new father and the grandfather. "@SrBachchan yippeeee!!! All love & health & happiness...this is Masha Allah absolutely beautiful. Bless u Sir. This calls for a dance!!!"

"@juniorbachchan how beautiful is this feeling. Allah bless u and Aish. Dying to come & see the three of u...YAY!!!! Now u really r PA lov u."

Director Karan Johar followed, "Congratulations!! Baby B had a baby girl!! @juniorbachchan!!! All the love and happiness...am sure she will be the prettiest girl ever!!!" Director Ram Gopal Varma, who is a close friend of Bachchan family, said, "I just hope that she has more Aishwarya than Abhishek."

Javed Akhtar said, "Congratulations Amitabh ji, this has evoked my memory of the day when Shweta was born. Time flies and how swiftly !!"

Amitabh later posted a simple "Thank You" to his fans and followers.

Following speculative reports about the baby's birth, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had asked the electronic media to maintain restraint in reporting and respect the privacy of the Bachchan family.

Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai got married on April 20, 2007. The much publicised wedding took place at Prateeksha, the Bachchan residence in suburban Juhu.

Amitabh and Jaya are also grandparents to daughter Shweta Nanda's two kids -- daughter Navya Naveli and son Agastya.

A former Miss World and counted among world's most beautiful women, Aishwarya started her acting journey with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film 'Iruvar' in 1997. Since then, she has appeared in a number of Bollywood and Hollywood movies including 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Dhoom 2', 'Guru', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Enthiran', 'The Last Legion' and 'Pink Panthar'.

Abhishek, who started his career with 'Refugee' in 2000, has also been part of hits like 'Bunty Aur Babli', 'Dhoom 2' and 'Guru'. The couple's last film together 'Raavan' did not work well at the box office. 

(Agencies)