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Vijayendra Saraswathi takes over as head of Kanchi Mutt

Devotees carry out the final rituals before burying the mortal remains of Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, in Kanchipuram on Thursday. Photo: PTI Photo

Kancheepuram: Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, who was the junior pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, has assumed charge as its chief consequent to the passing away of 69th head Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the mutt said on Friday.

After the passing away of the 69th pontiff, Jayendra Saraswathi on 28 February, “Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal has started to perform the duties of the ‘peetadhipati’ of Sri Kanchi Kamakotti Peetam,” the Mutt said in a release.

A mutt official said Vijayendra Saraswathi assuming charge has been communicated to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Tamil Nadu government as well.

48-year old Vijayendra Saraswathi had become the 70th acharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on 29 May 1983. Jayendra Saraswathi passed away following a cardiac arrest here aged 82. He had succeeded 68th head Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi, hailed as ‘Maha Swami’ by his devotee.

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