Jayendra Saraswathi, the head of Kanchi Shankara mutt has attained Moksha yesterday. He was the 69th Acharya of the mutt after his successor, Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi. Today the last rites were performed for the 82-year-old.
Now, his student, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi will become 70th head of the mutt. “Deeply anguished by the passing away of Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya. He will live on in the hearts and minds of lakhs of devotees. This is due to his exemplary service and noblest thoughts. Om Shanti to the departed soul” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet.
“With his demise, we have lost a great saint of present times, who has been a guiding force for the millions. My prayers for the liberated soul” tweeted finance minister Arun Jaitley. The actual name of Jayendra Saraswathi was M Subramanyam Iyer and stepped on this land on 18 July 1985.
History of Four Mutts
However, there are four heads to the four mutts in India. These mutts are established by Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya. At that time, the other religions have been in existence spoiling the Sanatana Dharma. In order to re-establish its pillars and to show the power and the greatness of Hindu Dharma, he established four pillars in the four directions of India.
A sage who became a monk traveled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and established the four mutts.
Sri Govardhana Peetham on the east at Puri, Odisha, Sri Dwaraka Peetham on the west at Jamnagar, Mumbai, Sri Jyothisha Peetham on the north at Badri, Uttarakhand, and Sri Sharada Peetham on the west at Shringeri, Karnataka are the four mutts.
Shankaracharya motive was to avoid the words or slogans against the Sanatana Dharma and to show the power of Advaita, he gave such a great gift to the Indian people.
In fact, from the day he himself became the head of the mutt, the parampara (generation) continued in a way of Guru-Shishya Parampara.
However, a great thing as Indians we have to be proud for having such gurus in our country.