Kanchi Seer Jayendrar Saraswathi passes away

Kanchipuram: The head of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Jayendrar Saraswathi passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to ABC Hospital in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, where he breathed his last. Jayendrar, the 69th pontiff, was 82.

The mutt confirmed the news of Jayendrar’s death this morning. He is succeeded by Vijayendra Saraswathi, the 70th head of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

He was in and out of hospitals over the past few months and suffering from low sugar levels. He also kept away from religious activities at the Shaivite mutt for the past few days.

Born in Irulneeki, a village in Tiruvarur district in 1935 as Subramania Mahadevan, Jayendra became a pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt in 1954 and was guided by Paramacharya Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi.

Known for his modern outlook, the Kanchi seer was also among the first religious pontiffs to speak about the construction of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, saying it would lead to communal harmony.

The Shankaracharya was arrested in 2004 for his alleged role in the murder of a manager of the temple trust. He was acquitted by a trial court citing lack of evidence in 2013.

Leaders condoled Jayendrar Saraswathi’s death

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he was “deeply anguished” by the passing away of the Seer. In a series of Twitter posts, the prime minister said: “Deeply anguished by the passing away of Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya. He will live on in the hearts and minds of lakhs of devotees due to his exemplary service and noblest thoughts. Om Shanti to the departed soul.”

President Ram Nath Kovind said the Kanchi pontiff was a rare eminence of spiritual leader and social reformer.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said Jayendrar’s contribution to the welfare of mankind will always inspire others. He said, “I pay my respects to Kanchi peethadhipathi Shri Jayendra Saraswati who attained moksha. His contribution for the welfare of mankind and in promoting spirituality will always be an inspiration for others.”

Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress also mourned the Seer’s death

The last rites (brindavana pravesha karyakramam) of Jayendra Saraswathi will be performed at 8am on Thursday. His samadhi will be placed closer to his predecessor Chandrasekara Saraswathi.

Compiled by Shuchita Kumar with inputs from ( The Indian Express; The Times of India; Hindustan Times and The Hindu )