The Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakothi Peetham, Jayendra Saraswati passed away today in the morning. The 82-year-old seer had breathing problems. He was admitted to a hospital the near Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram. The Kanchi Shankaracharya is considered as the highest authority for Hindu religion.
The journey of Shankaracharya
Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal is the 69th Shankaracharya was born on 18th July 1935 named Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer. He was appointed as the Peedathipathi by his predecessor Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal. It was he who gave him the title of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on 22nd March 1954. He was made as the Kanchi Kamakoti Pitadipati on 3rd January 1994. He was succeeded by Sri Sankara Vijayendra Jayendra Saraswathi.
He had an important role in shaping Kanchi Math as a strong organization. Due to his efforts, Kanchi Matt is patronized by many NRIs, and politicians. There are many schools, clinics and hospitals run by Kanchi Mutt. This has established Shankara Nethralaya in Chennai and in Guwahati in Assam, Children’s Hospital, Hindu Mission Hospital, and Tamil Nadu Hospital.
Jayendra Saraswathi was arrested on 11th November 2004 and was charged with having a hand in the conspiracy in murdering the manager of the temple, Sankararaman. He was refused bail three times from the lower courts. But still, he managed to get it from the Supreme Court of India on 10th January 2005. The case is there for more than six years and is still pending. The case has been transferred to the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
The arrest of Shankaracharya had attracted the media. After the successive verdicts of the High Courts in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and the Supreme Court of India, the interest of the media decreased. The key witnesses turned against the case in 2010 saying that the police had forced them to utter lie against Sankaracharya and his disciple Vijayendra.
He was admitted to the hospital complaining breathing problems on 28th February where he breathes his last. Devotees have started to flock in at Kanchi to have a last darshan of their Guru.