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Shankaracharya Of Kanchi Mutt, Jayendra Saraswathi Dies At Age 82

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| February 28 , 2018 , 12:51 IST

The 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi died on Wednesday morning at the age of 82 at a private hospital in Tamil Nadu's Kanchipuram. Saraswathi had been admit at the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre in Chennai since January due to deteriorating health conditions and had been suffering breathing issues for the past few weeks.

Since morning, more than 2,000 people have come to pay their respects to the late Shankaracharya where his mortal remains have been kept in the Kanchipuram Mutt till 7 AM on Thursday.

Born as Sri Subramaniyam on July 18, 1935, he was named as the successor to the Kanchi Mutt Hindu Monastery on March 22, 1954, by Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal and was given the title of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.

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The Kanchi Mutt, established in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya has an extensive following in South India and runs several schools, eye clinics and hospitals.

Coming as a shock to his followers, the famous seer Saraswathi was arrested in November 2004 in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kill Sankarraman who was an accountant in his mutt and was found murdered on temple premises on September 3, 2004. Around 2 months after Saraswathi's arrest he was released from jail on conditional bail and was eventually acquitted in the case in 2016.

Following the death of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, leaders of the nation took to Twitter to pay their condolences.