Head priest of Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Sankaracharaya Jayendra Saraswathi passes away at Kanchipuram. Following a complain of uneasiness and chest, he was immediately rushed to a private hospital where he took his last breath today.
He became 69th Shankaracharya in 1994 by replacing Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal and known as the head of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt which is the oldest mutts in the country.
Jayendra Saraswathi was born on July 18, 1935 in Tanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. His orginal name was Subramanyam Mahadeva until the age of 19 when he releases himself from every materialistic thing present around and turned into an ascetic.
Endured with the huge pile of knowledge, he is a master in Rig Veda, The Upanishads, Vyakarana, Vedanta, Nyaya, Tarka Shastra, The Dharma Shastra including all Hindu Scriptures.
Leading an unusual life, he did not sleep on a comfortable bed, ate the minimum for the survival and keep himself away from all the sensual leisure. He was always a matter of devotion for his followers. However, he travelled in the private jets only.
Politicians were shocked to his deaths and expressed their sadness on twitter.
PM Narendra Modi show his condolence to the priest by saying that, “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”.
The main purpose of Jayendra Saraswathi life is to resolve disputes between his devotees while taking it to top bureaucrats, politicians and ministers at the state as well as central level. He was also credited to open multiple schools, colleges and hospitals across separate locations in the country.
Jayendra Saraswathi also faces controversy in early’s 2000 when he was alleged with the case of a murder of Sankararaman, Kanchipuram temple’s manager. He was cleared after nine years when sufficient evidences were not available by the deceased family.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley pays his condolence on twitter by saying, “Deeply saddened by the demise of Jayendra Sarwaswati ji, the Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram kamakoti Peetam math. With the 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”.