AMN /Kanchipuram (TN)
Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, passed away today in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. He was 82 and was admitted to a hospital after he complained of breathing problems.
Born as Sri Subramaniyam on July 18, 1935, at Irul neeki in Tiruvarur, Jayendra Saraswathi was the head of the Kanchi Mutt etablished by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.
He became the younger pontiff on March 22, 1954 and became elder pontiff in 1994. He will be succeeded by the 70th Shankaracharya of Kamakoti Peetam traditionally referred to as Kamakshi.
The Kanchipuram mutt is a pilgrimage for Hindus all around the world and particularly in south India. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed their condolences on his demise.
Mr Naidu said in a twitter message that his contribution for the welfare of mankind and in promoting spirituality will always be an inspiration for others.
Prime Ministe said he was deeply anguished by the passing away of Acharya Saraswathi.
He said in a tweet message that the Shankaracharya will live on in the hearts and minds of lakhs of devotees due to his exemplary service and noblest thoughts.
Mr Modi said that he was at the forefront of innumerable community service initiatives. He nurtured institutions which transformed the lives of the poor and downtrodden.