One of the leading seers of India - Vishvesha Teertha Swami, the head of prominent organisation Pejavara Mutt and one of the Ashta Mathas (eight monastic establishments) in Karnataka's Udupi - breathed his last on Sunday. He was 88.
The announcement of his death was made this morning.
The famous seer had among his disciples and admirers many prominent names across the country. Many of them have been paying homage to the Swami who died of multiple organ failure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying tribute, as he described the seer as “a powerhouse of service and spirituality, he continuously worked for a more just and compassionate society”.
Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of the Sri Pejawara Matha, Udupi will remain in the hearts and minds of lakhs of people for whom he was always a guiding light. A powerhouse of service and spirituality, he continuously worked for a more just and compassionate society. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/ReVDvcUD6F— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 29, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah described him as “an endless source of positivity”.
Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji was an endless source of positivity. His teachings and thoughts will always continue to guide us. I was fortunate to have received his blessings. His passing away is an irreparable loss to the spiritual world. Condolences to his followers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/TIJbVaFcUT— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 29, 2019
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also took to Twitter and described the seer’s life as “A life of dedication to spiritual upliftment and service for social causes”.
Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of PujyaShri Vishwesha Teertha Swami ji of Udupi Sri Pejawar Mutt. Immensely blessed to have received his grace on several occasions. A life of dedication to spiritual upliftment and service for social causes. pic.twitter.com/E7cQa7JmmP— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) December 29, 2019
With his many acts of kindness & farsightedness, Sri Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swami ji of Pejawar Mutt dedicated his life towards service & welfare of humanity.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) December 29, 2019
I join his disciples, followers & admirers in paying homage to Swamiji on the day he renounces physical existence. pic.twitter.com/EdA8vKBZA1
Deeply saddened by passing away of Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Sri Pejawara Matha, Udupi . We were always blessed by him. He was running several social welfare programs for the masses. He will continue to inspire us all. Om Shanti .— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) December 29, 2019
Rahul Gandhi, a key politician from India’s main opposition party Congress also tweeted about the seer’s death.
I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejawara Matha, Udupi. My condolences to all his followers around the world. Om Shanti 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2kIT9eh7jt— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 29, 2019
Various people also paid their tributes on social media.
He dreamt of Ram Mandir— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) December 29, 2019
He ws the VP of VHP
He created record by organizing
Dharma Sansad twice in Udupi
He ws the world's eldest Hindu saint
He ws a spiritual guide to all d Hindus
Shri Paramapoojya Pejavara Swamiji has breathed his last today & has left for his heavenly abode pic.twitter.com/tukhE4HPC5
May The Supreme Soul Lord Krishna grant The Great Seer a Divine Moksha!🙏🙏🕉️ SHANTHI. pic.twitter.com/J3fpTkCNb9— Uma Shankar Mahato (@88umashankar) December 29, 2019
Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji, the revered and outspoken seer of Udupi’s Pejawar Mutt, passed away on Sunday morning after he was hospitalised on 20 December. He was 88.
The Pejawar seer’s mortal remains will be kept at Ajjara Kaadu in #Udupi for public homage. pic.twitter.com/2EAbttQbeX
— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) December 29, 2019
May The Supreme Soul Lord Krishna grant The Great Seer a Divine Moksha! 🕉️ SHANTHI. pic.twitter.com/J3fpTkCNb9
— Uma Shankar Mahato (@88umashankar) December 29, 2019
Saddened to know about the Golok Gaman of Pujya Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji, one of the tallest ever leaders of Sanatana Dharma.— Rahul Kaushik (@kaushkrahul) December 29, 2019
His contribution for the cause of Dharma is unparalleled.
His pious life and teachings will continue to inspire Hari Bhaktas forever.
Om Shanti🙏 pic.twitter.com/GVdpK9TxvV