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.