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Jayendra Saraswathi dies at 82; updates: Final rites of Kanchi seer tomorrow at 8 am; tributes pouring in

The head of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Jayendra Saraswathi passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 82

FP Staff February 28, 2018 13:56:24 IST
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Jayendra Saraswathi dies at 82; updates: Final rites of Kanchi seer tomorrow at 8 am; tributes pouring in

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Mar 01, 2018 - 11:21 (IST)

Kanchi seer to be buried next to his guru 

A Mutt official said the body of Jayendra Saraswathi will be carried later to the adjacent 'Brindavan Annexe,' where the mortal remains of his predecessor Sri Chandrasekerendra Saraswathi were interred in 1993, reported PTI.

Mar 01, 2018 - 11:04 (IST)

Jayendra Saraswathi was jailed in 2004 in connection to a murder case

The major test of his life was when he was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police in November 2004 on the eve of Diwali over the charges of his involvement in the murder of Sankararaman, an official of the famous Varadharaja Perumal temple in Kanchipuram. Jayendra Saraswati was jailed for quite some time by the state police and later was acquitted of all the charges.

Mar 01, 2018 - 11:01 (IST)

Rajinikanth condoles death of Jayendra Saraswathi
     

Top actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday condoled the demise of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi."Saraswathi's soul had joined the divine abode. My condolences to his devotees," he said in a tweet.

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:57 (IST)

Kabaalamoksham will mark the end of final rituals

Later, rituals such as 'Kabaalamoksham' wherein a coconutwill be placed on the head and symbolically broken, will take place. Such rituals mark the completion of the burial, reported PTI.

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:53 (IST)

DV Sadananda Gowda pays his final tribute to Jayendra Saraswathi

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:48 (IST)

Around 1 lakh devotees paid their last respects to Jayendra Saraswathi

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:43 (IST)

Union ministers DV Sadananda Gowda, Pon Radhakrishnan to attend final rites

According to reports, both Union ministers will be attending the final rites of Jayendra Saraswathi as the Centre's representatives. 

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:38 (IST)

Unlike other Hindus, sanyasis are buried in Hinduism

 A big bamboo basket with the body in a seated posture will be taken to the annexe and lowered into a 7x7 feet burial pit. "The burial pit is ready and as soon as the body is lowered tomorrow, deities in a particular form called 'Saligrama' will be placed over it," a senior mutt official in charge of the burial arrangements told PTI. The pit will be filled with herbs, including 'Vasambu,' salt and sandalwood.

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:34 (IST)
Final rites began at 8 am
 
 
The final rituals for burying the mortal remains, called 'Brindhavana Pravesam,' began with an 'abishekam' or bath. Milk and honey were the ingredients used in the abhishekam. The 'abishekam', held in the main hall of the mutt, was followed by recital of Vedic hymns by priests in the presence of Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, the junior pontiff of the Mutt and some close family members, reported PTI.

Mar 01, 2018 - 10:20 (IST)

Jayendra Saraswathi was interested in societal activities unlike his guru

While Sri Chandrashekara Saraswathi Swamigal was focused on spiritual side, his junior Jayendra Saraswati was interested in societal activities as well and was also part of some controversies. As a junior pontiff, Jayendra Saraswati had left the mutt for some days without informing anybody alledgedly owing to some difference of opinion with his senior. However, later he came back to the mutt and reassumed his position, reported IANS.

Latest updates: Jayendra Saraswathi's body will be kept in state in the Kanchipuram mutt till 7 am on Thursday. According to the mutt, his final rites will take place at 8 am on Thursday. Devotees can pay their final respects to the seer till then. Tributes began pouring in for the Kanchipuram seer. According to earlier reports, the crowd was moving smoothly and so far more than 2,000 people had come to pay their respect.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the death of the "institution builder". Congress said, "Our thoughts go out to his close associates and millions of his followers around the world." Several BJP leaders including Ram Madhav too have paid their tribute to the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "’I'm saddened to hear about the death of Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham."

The head of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Jayendra Saraswathi passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 82, CNN-News18 reported. The pontiff died in a private hospital near Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram, reported The Hindu.

According to another report in The Hindu, Saraswathi was facing breathing issues since a couple of weeks. He had been taken to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre in Chennai in January after his health deteriorated rapidly.

Jayendra Saraswathi dies at 82 updates Final rites of Kanchi seer tomorrow at 8 am tributes pouring in

File image of Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi mutt. Wikimedia Commons

Zee News reported that the seer, who is also the Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram mutt, had collapsed after complaining of a breathing problem.

Saraswathi was the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, which was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the Fifth Century AD. Saraswathi was named by Chandrasekharendra Swamigal, who was also known as Periyavar, as his successor in 1954.

The seer shot to national infamy when his name emerged in an 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.

 

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