Bhopal 11th September : A prominent Hindu seer Shankaracharya of Jyotish, Dwarka and Sharda peeth Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati died at his Ashram in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur district on Sunday.The 99-year-old seer , possibly the oldest living Shankaracharya passed away after a long-term illness.
According to the reports that the seer passed away at about 3.30 p.m.after suffering a minor heart attack in the Jhoteshwar Parmhansi Ganga Ashram.
A couple of days earlier, the seer been celebrating his 99th birthday to mark the occasion of Hartalika Teej.
Narsinghpur MLA, who was also the ex-MP Vidhan Sabha Speaker N.P.Prajapati (who is one of Shankaracharya’s followers) was has been informed that his Samadhi (symbolic funeral) will be held at 4:00 p.m.on the Monday at the hillside Ashram in the same Narsinghpur district.
Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati was born in the village of Dighori in Seoni district in Madhya Pradesh in 1924.
He was born in a Brahmin family, and his birth name was Potiram Upadhyay.
He was away from home at aged nine years old in the pursuit of God.
He was an immediate student of Shankaracharya Brahmananda Saraswati of Jyotir Math, and of Shankaracharya (disputed) Krishnabodha Ashrama of Jyotirmath.
In 1950, his Guru Brahmananda made him a Dandi Sanyasi.He was elected head of Akhil Bhartiya Ram Rajya Parishad founded by Swami Karpatriji.
At the time of Krishnabodha Ashrama’s death in 1973 the title of Shankaracharya (disputed) of Jyotir Math Badrinath was transferred to Swami Swaroopanand.Nine years later in 1982, he also became the Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth.
At just 18 years old, he was a member of the nation’s freedom movement and was referred to as “Revolutionary Sadhu” for his participation in the 1942 Quit India Movement.He was convicted of the crime and was sentenced to prison for about one year and a half.
He wasn’t just a seasoned Hindu seer however, he also had a an opinion on a variety of different issues ranging the spectrum of Ganga pollution to Uniform Civil Code, the abrogation of Article 370 of Indian Constitution, slaughter of bulls and cows, women worshipping Shani, on Shirdi Sai Baba, and on the RSS and the rise to the power of the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the 2014 general elections.
He has declared that the Bhoomi Pujan of the proposed Ram Temple in Ayodhya by PM Modi on the 5th of August 2020 was carried out in an unlucky muhurt.
He had numerous followers scattered across the country, which included important politicians, including an ex-MP CM Digvijaya Singh.
Shankaracharya’s death caused shock waves throughout the nation, with many politicians and public figures like the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan former MP CM Digvijaya Singh and MP Congress chief Kamal Nath, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel along with actor Ashutosh Rana, taking to the Twitter to mourn the passing of Seer.
Politicians including the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Congress chief Kamal Nath expressed their condolences in the wake of the death of the Shankaracharya.
“The announcement of the passing of Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati the adored Shankaracharya of Paschim Amnaya Shri Shardapeeth established by Lord Shankaracharya is deeply sad.Your extraordinary contribution to the Indian tradition of knowledge will be remembered by the entire world for all time,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted.
Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Congress Commitee chairman and the former chief minister Kamal expressed his condolences and shared photos of his time with the seer on his 99th birthday celebrations.
“Just two days ago, I was taking part in his 99th Praktyotsav and Centenary Entrance Year’s Celebration and bowing to his feet and praising the man,” Kamal Nath tweeted.