Kanchi: Senior pontiff of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, passed away here on Wednesday 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, pontiff of one of the oldest Mutts in the country, had been heading it for a very long time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he was “deeply anguished” by the passing away of the Seer. In a series of Twitter posts, Mr. Modi 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.”
“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,” he added.