The 69th Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram Kamakoti Peetam math, Jayendra Saraswati, passed away on Wednesday morning. He was 82 years old.
He has been ailing for the past few months and was also admitted to to Chennai’s Sri Ramachandra Hospital after he collapsed at the math with shortness of breath and low blood pressure.
He had been named as successor to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam by his predecessor, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, widely known as the ‘Mahaswami’ of the math, in 1954. Jayendra Saraswati had become the head of the math in 1994 after the death of Chandrashekarendra Saraswati. During his time as the head pontiff, the math expanded its presence and role in charitable activities by setting up a number of hospitals and schools that continue to function today.
The pontiff will be now be succeeded by Vijayendra Saraswati.The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is believed to have been established in the year 482 BC by Adi Shankara, the propounder of Advaita Vedanta, which caused a paradigm shift within Hinduism. It has the distinction of having an unbroken line of 70 acharyas, of whom Jayendra Saraswati was the 69th.