Jayendra Saraswathi

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Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal
Religion Hinduism
Nationality Indian
Born M.Subrahmanyam
(1935-07-18) 18 July 1935 (age 82)
Irulneeki, Thanjavur dt, Tamil Nadu
Honors Shankaracharya
Kanchi Kāmakoti Pīṭādipati
In office
22 March 1954 – Incumbent
Preceded by Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal
Succeeded by Vijayendra Saraswati
Personal details
Residence Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt

Jayendra Saraswathi shankaracharya (born 18 July 1935 as Subramanyam Mahadeva ) 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 divinely ordained pontifical title Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on 22 March 1954. [2]


On account of his sacerdotal office and his profound knowledge of the Hindu religion, Chatur Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads; he remains widely respected all over the World. The Kanchi Math has grown into a strong organization under him.

The Kanchi Mutt runs many schools, eye clinics and hospitals. CHILDS Trust Hospital, Hindu Mission Hospital, Tamil Nadu Hospital and countless other public welfare institutions.


Jayendra Saraswathi was caught in controversies when the mutth could not have his darshan in 1987 during Chaturmasya vrata for a few weeks.[3] VIPs like R Venkataraman, former President of India and others showed their concern till Swamigal gave darshan finally at Talacauvery[4]

In 2002 and 2004, two different cases were filed against Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal and others;The cases are: 1. (2004) For allegedly ordering the murder of Sankararaman, a temple manager and a former devotee of Kanchi mutth in 2004.;[5] 2. (2002) For allegedly ordering murderous assault (by hiring thugs) on auditor Radhakrishnan who questioned the missing gold of 83 kg that was meant for Kamakshi temple.

Final verdict on Sankararaman murder case was given on 27-Nov-2013 and all 23 accused were acquitted by the court .[6][7] The judge held that the witnesses failed to support the prosecution case that the two Sankaracharyas were part of a conspiracy to eliminate the temple official in September 2004. He also said the witnesses, including Sankararaman's own daughter, failed to identify the accused in the court. None of them identified any accused in the court and no incriminating evidence was made out against the accused, the judge noted.


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Religious titles
Preceded by
Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal
Kanchi Kāmakoti Pīṭādipati
Elected on: 22 March 1954
Succeeded on: 9 January 1995
Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal