Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamy, the senior seer of Kancheepuram Sankara Mutt breathed his last on Wednesday.
The 82-year old seer was admitted to a hospital near Kamakshi Amman temple on Wednesday owing to breathing problems. The hospital and Mutt sources confirmed his demise.
In 1994, the senior pontiff succeeded Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal as the 69th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
His health condition had reportedly deteriorated in January after which he was admitted in a hospital and later discharged.
He was arrested on November 11, 2004 on charges of having a hand in the conspiracy in murdering the manager of Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal temple. After a prolonged trial, he was finally acquitted in the case.