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Sri Jayendra Saraswathi

Sri Jayendra Saraswathi

In news:

The senior seer of Kancheepuram Sankara Mutt, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamy, passed away in Kanchipuram. He was 82.

He will be succeeded by Vijayendra Saraswathi, who will be anointed as the 70th Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is a Hindu monastic institution, located in KanchipuramTamil Nadu. Kanchipuram is one of the five pancha-bhUta-sthalas ("Temples denoting the five elements"). The five pancha-bhUta-sthalas or material sites represent earth (Kanchipuram), sky (Chidambaram), air (Kalahasti), fire (Thiruvannamalai), and water (Thiruvanaikoil). It is known as Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, and the head of the matha is referred to as a "Sankaracharya".


The mutt was founded by Adi Shankaracharya though this is deemed "controversial" and "disputed" by a minority and answered.  The Kamakoti Peetam however, traditionally refers to Kamakshi, referred popularly as Kamakoti referring to Goddess Durga. Kancheepuram is referred to as Kanchi. The Vyakarana Mahabhashya of Patanjali uses the word 'Kanchi' and it can be thus understood that the word Kanchi also has a Sanskrit base. Under the guidance of Sureshvarachaya, Adi Shankara appointed Sarvajnatman as the second Peetadhipathi.