Kanchipuram (TN): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed sadness at the demise of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, saying he will live on in the hearts and minds of devotees due to his exemplary service to society.
“Pay my respects to Kanchi peethadhipathi Shri Jayendra Saraswati who attained moksha. His contribution to the welfare of mankind and in promoting spirituality will always be an inspiration for others,” Naidu tweeted.
The prime minister said the Shankaracharya will live on in the hearts and minds of lakhs of devotees due to his exemplary service and noble thoughts.
“Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya was at the forefront of innumerable community service initiatives. He nurtured institutions which transformed the lives of the poor and downtrodden,” Modi said on Twitter.
Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya was at the forefront of innumerable community service initiatives. He nurtured institutions which transformed the lives of the poor and downtrodden. pic.twitter.com/s1vTpSxbbl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 28, 2018
Senior pontiff of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, passed away here today following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said.
The 82-year old seer was rushed to a private hospital in this town after he complained of uneasiness, they said without divulging further information.
Jayendra Saraswathi, the pontiff of one of the oldest Mutts in the country, had been heading it for a very long time.
He had succeeded Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal as the head of the Shaivaite mutt.
Jagadguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya (18 July 1935 – 28 February 2018) (born as Subramanyam Mahadeva ) was the 69th Shankaracharya Guru and head or pontiff (Pïțhādhipati) of the Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham. Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer was nominated by his predecessor, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal, as his successor and was given the pontifical title Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on 22 March 1954.
The Kanchi Mutt runs many schools, eye clinics and hospitals. CHILDS Trust Hospital, Hindu Mission Hospital, Tamil Nadu Hospital and other public welfare institutions which are religiously focused.