Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati passed away at the age of 99 – was ill for a long time

Swami Rupanand Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Jyotimath Badrinath and Sharda Peeth Dwarka, passed away at the age of 99. He breathed his last at Paramhansi Ganga Ashram at Jhoteshwar in Narsinghpur district of Madhya Pradesh at 3.30 pm.

Swami Shankaracharya was ailing for a long time. He was undergoing treatment in Bangalore. He had returned to the ashram a few days back. Shankaracharya’s disciple Brahm Vidyanand told- Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati will be given samadhi at Paramhansi Ganga Ashram at 5 pm on Monday.

Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati was born in a Brahmin family in Dighori village of Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh state. His parents named him Pothiram Upadhyay. At the age of nine, he left home and started the journey of religion. During this, he also reached Kashi in Uttar Pradesh and here he learned Brahmalin Shri Swami Karpatri Maharaj Veda-Vedang, the scriptures.

You will be surprised to know that in this period of the year 1942, at the age of just 19, he became famous as a revolutionary monk. Because at that time the freedom struggle was going on in the country from the British.

Swami Swaroopanand made him a Dandi Sanyasi in the year 1950 and got the title of Shankaracharya in 1981. In the year 1950, Brahmalin Shankaracharya of Jyotishpeeth took initiation of Dand Sanyas from Swami Brahmanand Saraswati and came to be known as Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati.

Shankaracharya fought a long legal battle for the construction of Ram temple. He also participated in the freedom movement. Swaroopanand Saraswati was considered the greatest religious leader of the Hindus. At the last moment the followers and disciples of Shankaracharya were near him. PLC/GT



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