Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, passed away on February 28. His body is kept at the mutt for public viewing till 7 am tomorrow (March 1). The 82-year-old seer had collapsed after complaining of a breathing problem, as per reports.
Junior pontiff Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi will be the 70th successor of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, condoled the death of Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. Palaniswami, in a statement here, said he was saddened to know that Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi math, passed away this morning due to ill-health. He said apart from spiritual work, Jayendra Saraswathi was actively involved in social development activities.
The seer was infamously known for his alleged conspiracy to kill Sankarraman, an accountant in his mutt. His consequent arrest in November 2004 shocked the Hindu clergy. Saraswathi was acquitted in the murder case in 2016, as per reports.