Jayendra Saraswathi

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Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Born M.Subrahmanyam
(1935-07-18) 18 July 1935 (age 79)
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Nationality Indian

Jayendra Saraswathi (born July 18, 1935 as Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer) is the 69th Shankaracharya Guru and head or pontiff (Pïțhādhipati) of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.[1]

Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer was nominated by his predecessor, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal, as his successor and was given the title Jayendra Saraswathi on March 22, 1954. He is one of the leading religious figures in Hinduism today.[2]


On account of his sacerdotal office and his profound knowledge of the Hindu religion, he remains widely respected. The Kanchi Math has grown into a strong organization under him. Further, the Kanchi Mutth is also widely patronised by many NRIs, particularly from United States.

The Kanchi Mutth runs many schools, eye clinics and hospitals. Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Sankardeva Netralay in Guwahati, Assam are formed by him, as well as the Children's Hospital, Hindu Mission Hospital and Tamil Nadu Hospital.


The Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu enacted a law to ban religious conversion, in keeping with the Shankaracharya's oft-expressed concerns.[3] The Tamil Nadu government also started to enforce a pre-existing ban on animal sacrifice in temples,[4][dead link] echoing concerns raised by the pontiff.


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