The senior seer of Kancheepuram Sankara Mutt, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, passed away on Wednesday following a prolonged period of illness. The revered personality of Kanchi, who was 82 years old, was admitted to a local hospital due to breathing problems.
Kanchi Mutt tweeted to confirm the sad demise.
The 69th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal attained Siddhi at 9.00 am today – Shukla Trayodashi – 28 Feb. 2018 at Sri Kanchi Kamakotii Peetam Sankara Matam, Kanchipuram.
— KanchiMutt (@KanchiMatham) February 28, 2018
Sri Jayendra Saraswathi was born on 18 July 1935 and was appointed as the head of Kanchi Peetham on March 22, 1954. Born Sri Subramaniyam, he was given the name Jayendra Saraswathi before being given the title. He succeeded in 1994 as the 69th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam after Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamy.
Jayendra Saraswathi had a successful tenure as the Kanchi Peethadhipathi when the place managed to attract devotees from different corners of the world. The Mutt even established several hospitals and schools during this period.
His junior, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi, is expected to take over the Mutt from him.
Several politicians and leaders, including the likes of Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Arun Jaitley and Mamata Banerjee among others, took to Twitter to pay their tribute to Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.
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. #JayendraSaraswathi pic.twitter.com/2gcjDFgJmV
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) February 28, 2018
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.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) February 28, 2018
Shocking& saddening news of Mahasamadhi of Kanchi Acharya Pujya Jayendra Saraswati ji,revered saint, worshipped by millions.
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) February 28, 2018
My respectful homage to Param Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati Ji who has attained mahasamadhi this morning. I was fortunate to have his blessings always.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 28, 2018
Saddened at the Mahasamadhi of Kanchi Acharya Pujya Jayendra Saraswati ji
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 28, 2018
National Party Indian National Congress also tweetedto pay its condolences to the loss.
We regret to hear about the passing away of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi. May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts go out to his close associates and millions of his followers around the world.
— Congress (@INCIndia) February 28, 2018