18 July 1935
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
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 March 22, 1954. He is one of the leading religious figures in Hinduism today.
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 established by his holiness, as well as the Children's Hospital, Hindu Mission Hospital and 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. VIPs like R Venkataraman, former President of India and others showed their concern till Swamigal gave darshan finally at Talacauvery and then Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal welcomed him back.
In 2002 and 2004, two different cases were filed against Jayendra Saraswathi (first accused), Vijayendra Saraswathi (second accused) and others; the trial proceedings are still going on in the courts. The cases are: 1. (2004) For allegedly ordering the murder of Sankararaman, a temple manager and a former devotee of Kanchi mutth in 2004.; 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. The cases are still under trial.
Final verdict on Sankararaman murder case was given on 27-Nov-2013 and all 23 accused were acquitted by the court . 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 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.
The Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu enacted a law to ban religious conversion, in keeping with the Shankaracharya's oft-expressed concerns. The Tamil Nadu government also started to enforce a pre-existing ban on animal sacrifice in temples, echoing concerns raised by the pontiff.
- The Chaturmasya Vrata
- rediff.com: Shankaracharya: Faltering faith
- Jayendra Saraswati hired men to attack me: auditor - The Hindu
- MakkalMurasu, "ஆடிட்டர் ராதாகிருஷ்ணன் தாக்கப்பட்ட வழக்கில் காஞ்சி சங்கராச்சாரியார் விடுதலை"
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2356621.stm BBC NEWS | South Asia | Christian protest over conversion plan
- http://web.archive.org/web/20060527152350/http://www.deccanherald.com:80/deccanherald/sep15/n8.asp. Archived from the original on May 27, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2005. Missing or empty
- The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
- on YouTube
- The Sacred and the Profane 
- Complete text of the Order of the Supreme Court of India in dismissing the application of the Government of Tamil Nadu in seeking the stay of the Shankarachaya outside the States of South India
- Complete text of the Order of Writ Mandamus issued by the Madras High Court against the Government of Tamil Nadu holding that the freezing of the bank accounts by the Police is illegal
- Kanchi Forum an online forum. (a forum for devotees of the acharyas to share their views)
- Cover Story[dead link] on Jayendra Saraswathi, in Frontline news magazine.
- Consolidated news on Legal proceedings on Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.
- on YouTube[dead link]
- Ten Minutes in a Life 
Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal
|Kanchi Kāmakoti Pīṭādipati
Elected on: 22 March 1954
Succeeded on: 9 January 1995
Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal