Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, died on Wednesday 28-02-2018 in Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram. He was at 82.
He had been admitted to a hospital after he complained of breathing problems in nearby Private Hospital. He had been in poor health for the last one year.
Born on July 18, 1935, Jayendra Saraswathi was head of Mutt or Hindu monastery established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century and had a huge following in South India. He become Pontiff of the mutt at the age of 19.The Mutt runs several schools, eye clinics and hospitals.
He had been named as the successor to the Mutt by Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal and was given the title Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on March 22, 1954.
The Shankaracharya was among those charged in a 2004 murder of a Kancheepuram temple employee. Nine years later, he and 22 others were cleared of the charges by the pondicherry court.
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