Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati passes away at 82

Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb 28 (ANI): Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati, pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt passed away on Wednesday after a prolonged illness at Kancheepuram. He was 82.

Kanchi Mutt head Saraswathi was suffering from diabetes and had collapsed at the mutt with shortness of breath and was admitted to Chennai’s Ramachandra hospital last month.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter and expressed grief over the demise of Saraswati.

” My respectful homage to Param Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati Ji who has attained mahasamadhi this morning. I was fortunate to have his blessings always,” she tweeted.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also expressed grief and tweeted, ” Deeply saddened by the demise of Jayendra Saraswati ji, the Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram Kamakoti Peetam math. With his demise we have lost a great saint of present times, who has been a guiding force for the millions. My prayers for the liberated soul.”

He was 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and was named by Chadrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal as his successor on March 22, 1954.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today recalled the contribution of Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, who passed away today, in promoting spirituality.

“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,” he tweeted.

The senior pontiff of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt passed away in Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu) today following a cardiac arrest.