- The 82-year-old senior pontiff succeeded Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal as the 69th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in 1994.
- Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati, the pontiff of the Kanchi mutt in Tamil Nadu, died at the age of 82, The Hindu reported on Wednesday.
- As per reports, he had been admitted to a hospital after he complained of breathing problems. He had been in poor health for much of last year.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expressed his condolences. He tweeted, “I pay my respects to Kanchi peethadhipathi Shri Jayendra Saraswati who attained moksha. His contribution for the welfare of mankind and in promoting spirituality will always be an inspiration for others.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted,“My respectful homage to Param Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati Ji who has attained mahasamadhi this morning. I was fortunate to have his blessings always..”