Vastavam Web: The 69th Shankaracharya Guru and head of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82. Reports suggest that he was rushed to the hospital following breathing difficulties in the morning and had suffered a cardiac arrest. According to police sources, he was taken to the ABC Hospital in Kanchipuram. Sources from the Kanchi Mutt and the hospital have confirmed his death. A tweet by the Kanchi Mutt Twitter handle confirmed his demise. According to sources in the Mutt, he had been unwell for a long time now and was receiving medical care.
Kanchi Shankaracharya Born as Subramaiyam Mahadeva in Irulneeki village in Thiruvarur district in 18 July, 1935, he was named the successor to Kanchi Mutt by Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swami and was given the title Jayendra Saraswathi on 22 March, 1954, when he was just 19. He had his spiritual tutelage from ‘Maha Periyava’ and travelled length and breadth of the country with his guru. He delivered religious discourse besides involving himself in various spiritual and social activities. Under his guidance, the mutt started several schools and hospitals. The Kanchi Shankaracharya lead a high profile life compared to his predecessor Parmacharya Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi.
In 1987, Kanchi Shankaracharya suddenly decided to leave the mutt. Three days after he left, he was traced to Talacauvery in Karnataka. Meanwhile, Vijayendra Saraswati , who had been choosen as his successor by Jayendra was anointed the 70th head of the mutt while Jayendra had gone missing, in order to continue the daily rituals and traditions of the mutt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his anguish with the passing away of the Shankaracharya Guru. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to media to express her condolence. BJP leader Ram Madhav, Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu and Sushma Swaraj , Rahul Gandhi, O Panneerselvam took Twitter to pay tribute to Jayendra Saraswathi.