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'Swami Dayananda's Death A Personal Loss,' PM Modi Mourn Death Of Spiritual Guru

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| September 24 , 2015 , 07:13 IST
  PM Modi spiritual guru Swami Dayanand passes away Prime Minister Narendra Modi's spiritual guru Swami Dayanand Giri passed away on Wednesday night at his ashram in Sheeshamjhadi area here after a prolonged illness. He was 87. PM Modi mourned the death. "Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji's demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace," Modi wrote on Twitter, soon after he landed in New York on Thursday. "My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality & service," Modi said. Swami Dayanand breathed his last late Wednesday night, said his close aide and trustee of Dayanand Ashram, Shantatmanand Saraswati. He had been brought back to the ashram earlier on Wednesday after 10 days of treatment at the Jollygrant Himalayan Hospital, where his condition had begun to decline steadily, he said. The spiritual guru had been ailing for a long time. On September 11, Prime Minister Modi had paid a visit to Swami Dayanand at his ashram to enquire after his health.