Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th head of the centuries old mutt, passed away in Kancheepuram on Wednesday morning due to a cardiac arrest after complaining of breathing uneasiness. He was 82. He was admitted to the ABCD Hospital in Kanchipuram in the morning. He was unconscious when brought to the hospital. The doctors confirmed that he had died of a cardiac arrest. His demise was confirmed by the Kanchi Sankara Mutt.
The last rites of Jayendra Saraswathi will be performed at 8am on Thursday. His samadhi will be placed closer to his predecessor Chandrasekara Saraswathi.
It was widely believed that Jayendra Saraswathi played very important role in convincing Jayalalithaa to promulgate an ordinance against ‘forcible religious conversions’.
Jayendra became a pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt in 1954.
He and the junior acharya Vijayendra Saraswathi were arrested in connection with the murder of Sankararaman, the manager of Varadaraja Perumal temple. Jayendra, who was the main accused in the case, was arrested on the Diwali day of 2004 and was acquitted by the Puducherry court in 2013.