Chennai, Feb 28 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday condoled the death of Jayendra Saraswati, the 69th pontiff of the Sankara Mutt in Kanchipuram, around 75 km from here.
In a statement here, Palaniswami said he was saddened on hearing of the passing away of Jayendra Saraswati, who was involved in social activities in addition to his spiritual activities as the head of the Sankara Mutt.
The pontiff of the Mutt, established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century, was ailing for quite some time. He was admitted to a private hospital here early on Wednesday after he complained of breathlessness. Doctors said the pontiff died of cardiac arrest.