Pejawar Mutt Chief’s Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji passed away owing to multiple organ failure. Seer’s health condition was very critical and it saw a further decline on Saturday. He passed away at around 9.20 am, after he was admitted to the Kasturba Medical Hospital in Mangaluru at around 5 am on December 20.
The seer was shifted to Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt on Sunday morning from KMC Hospital where he was under treatment. The condition was critical and he was connected to a ventilator at the hospital.
The 88-year-old was hospitalized on December 20 after he developed breathing difficulty. He was in the ICU since then. Doctors had earlier said that Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji was being treated for extensive pneumonia.
Karnataka government has announced 3-day mourning from December 29 to December 31, following the demise of Pejavara Mutt Seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his last respects and said,
“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. (SIC)”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, too, didn’t forget to remember the Seer to pay homage. “Deeply pained to learn about the demise of Sri Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swami ji of the Pejawar mutt, Udupi. He was an epitome of humanity, kindness, and knowledge. His selfless contribution towards the welfare of people and society has no parallels (SIC),” he said.
About Vishwesha Teertharu in Brief
Sri Viswesha Tirtharu was a noted personality and prominent among the Indian Seers. He was the former presiding Swamiji of the Sri Pejavara Adokshaja Mutt, one of the Ashta Mutts founded by Sri Madhwacharya.
Born in the year 1931 at Ramakunja to a Shivalli Madhwa Brahmin family, his pre-sanyasa name was Venkataramana. He was inducted into Sanyasa at the young age of 7 years in 1938.
Sri Vishwesha Teertharu was widely known for his social works and is said to have started many educational and social service organizations. Prominent among them are The Akhila Bharat Madhwa Mandala ABMM centre to help the poor students.
He has also advocated Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and strongly voiced in support of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Also known as the ‘Rashtra Swamiji’. the seer is recognized as a great social reformer of the country.
After Narendra Modi’s electoral victory and assumption of the office of Prime Minister of India, Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swamiji called on him and blessed him to serve the people with courage and compassion.
Twitterati mourns on the demise of Swamiji
Vishwa Hindu Parishad founder member , Icon of Shree Ram Janmabhoomi movement,Man who started mission against untouchability is attained Moksha .
One of the very last link of Hindu revival movement and Janmabhoomi mission . pic.twitter.com/ucIScyjFwV
— Bas Itna Sa Kwab Hai (@DaraHuwaEnginer) December 29, 2019
Sad Day for #Udupi & #Hindutva. One of the Founders of VHP, Hindu Icon H.H. Sri Sri #PejawarSeer has attained Hari Paada. Devotees at Bengaluru can hav Darshanam of Swamiji today at 4pm at National College Ground. Final Rituals wil be held at Vidya Peetha. #OmShanti #PejawaraSeer pic.twitter.com/j30g0UKII9
— Prof Shrinath Rao K ?? (@ProfSRK) December 29, 2019
— Busy girl ?????? (@busyy_girl) December 29, 2019
A very sad end to 2019. He may be the first Swamiji to visit Dalit colonies and worked very hard to bring them into mainstream. Also the strong advocate of Sanatan Dharma and instrumental in Ram Janmabhoomi movement. #udupi #PejawaraSri
OM Shanthi ? ಮತ್ತೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬನ್ನಿ ಗುರುದೇವಾ pic.twitter.com/eDgWMAHdC9
— Kishor Bhat (@KishorPolya) December 29, 2019
— Rajath Shetty (@Rajathds) December 29, 2019
— Mahesh Joshi (@MaheshJoshi_MJ) December 29, 2019
Sri Visvesha tirtha swamiji has reached Lotus feet of Sri Krishna .
Sad to inform
Final rights and vrundavana will be at Sri Poornaprajna vidyapeeta at hanumanth nagar Bangalore by today evening . devotees can pay visits at National college ground pic.twitter.com/b29Z3zA88J
— Lokesh Sagave (@lksagave) December 29, 2019
dhanyavad Sri @narendramodi ji for keeping us in your thoughts. We are unable to come to reality to accept. But we are rest assured leaders like yourself who are carrying forward our Gurugalu's thoughts and values. #Udupi https://t.co/Cm1kLY5PK3
— Sripriya Sridhar| श्रीप्रिया श्रीधर| (@sripriya56) December 29, 2019