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Updated: May 19, 2013 02:42 IST

45th Azhagiyasingar of Ahobila Mutt passes away

G. Satyamurty
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Sri Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan
Sri Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan

The swami, who was in Chennai, developed breathlessness and was brought to Srirangam

Sri Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan, 87, 45th Azhagiyasingar of Sri Ahobila Mutt, passed away here shortly after midnight on Saturday night. He had been ailing for some time. The swami, who was in Chennai, developed breathlessness and was brought to Srirangam. On Friday night he developed renal failure. His successor Sri Ranganatha Yatheendra Mahadesikan and close disciples were by his side when the end came.

The 45th Azhagiyasingar was the eighth swami in the hierarchy of Sri Ahobila Mutt to bear the asrama name “Narayana”.

Born on December 12, 1926 at Villivalam in North Arcot, the swami, known as Sri Krishnamacharya before he took up sanyas, was a student of Madras University and passed Nyaya Siromani in 1949, bagging first prize for general proficiency. His elder brother Vedanta Vaavadhook Narayanachariar Swamy provided the foundation, after which Krishnamacharya learnt Nyaya and Meemamsa Sastras at the feet of 42nd and 43rd Azhagiya Singars.

Krishnamacharya was trained by a series of great scholars in Srivaishnava texts and commentaries, the Bhagavad Gita and Nalayira Divya Prabandam. He was editor of Sri Matam’s journal Sri Narasimha Priya. He was known for his captivating discourse on Sri Bhashyam, Rahasya Traya Saaram, the Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Tiruppavai and the Bhagavad Gita.

The swami ascended the throne when the 44th Jeeyar, who was responsible for construction of the Rajagopuram at Srirangam, suddenly took ill in October 1991 and called upon Krishnamacharya to take over the reins of the Mutt. The anointing ceremony took place on October 21, 1991.

S. Rajagopalan, CEO of the Mutt, said the last rites would be performed at 10 a.m. on Sunday, beside the Brindavan of the 44th jeeyar.

May the vigor of our faith and the power of our belief in our Lord Narayana give us the strength to deal with this profound loss.

"avinasitu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
vinasam avyayasyasya
na kascit kartum arhati"

(Gita: Chapter Two verse 17)

( Know that by whom this entire body is pervaded is indestructible. None can bring about the destruction of this indestructible substance, the imperishable soul. )

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 18:47 IST

Holy Swamiji attained the union with Sriman Narayana. He represented the
best of Sri Vaishnava Saints.My Brothers and I pay respects to the
departed soul.

from:  H.L. Parthasarathy
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 16:11 IST

The world is missing one great vedavithu. But lord wants his holiness.
Om Namo Narayana!!!!

from:  srikanth
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 09:05 IST

Thank you Hindu for giving detailed information on His highness Sri Late Sri Azhagiyasingar.
He was such a an approachable person and one felt you are blessed ,just when you go near Him.
A very goodnatured Guru.
Sri Lakshmi nrusimha will be gladly receiving Him,.
Such a true devotee.

from:  Revathi Narasimhan
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 05:37 IST

We have lost a great scholar, leader and beacon of Sri Vaishnava
Philosophy in the foot steps of Sri Ramanuja.

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 23:47 IST

Sad news. Sri Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan, 87, 45th Azhagiyasingar of Sri
Ahobila Mutt led the Mutt during critical years. He has attained Acharyan thiruvadikal

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 23:04 IST

noble soul attained eternal peace was a great loss to vaishnavites particularly followers of mutt sambradhaya let everyone prey for his soul rest in peace tho his holiness jeer of ahobila mutt . As he has more inclination towards 44th jeer of sri ahobila mutt his soul laid to rest nearby as per wish

from:  Vasudevan
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 21:01 IST

Beyond vaishnavisam he was our father personally, we miss him a lot and are going through a very difficult phase to make ourselves believe that he has moved from bhoolokam to vaikhuntam. We all wish that his guidance takes all of us in right path.

from:  Sridharan
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 19:46 IST

A great loss to Vishnavite community.. He will be an immortal in the hearts of his devotees..

from:  Sampath Kumar S
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 19:29 IST

Irrespective of Caste,Creed and Community great souls such as Sri
Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan, 87, 45th Azhagiyasingar of Sri
Ahobila Mutt,have time and again strived hard to drive the message of
universal peace and tolerance amongst mankind.As they say truly it's
India our country the only land in the whole universe that has a
unique legacy of Guru Shisya Parampara,Guru is not just a teacher or
guide who preaches religious principles and doctrines,but a Guru in
his true sense is a "Dispeller of Darkness",Sri Narayana Yatheendra
Mahadesikan, 87, 45th Azhagiyasingar of Sri Ahobila Mutt was
undoubtedly a great soul who worked tirelessly to spread the message
of universal peace and spiritual enlightenement.In these troubled
times of mankind,ego is the biggest enemy that has overtook humility
and has given mankind a false sense of euphoria that even mentioning a
word about spirituality is being non progressive.Even Albert Einstein
admitted that "Science without Spirituality is Lame"

from:  Venkataramanan Ramasethu
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 17:25 IST

Chottraal adaiththa chuvar ondru / iraivan adi cherndadhu indru. :(

from:  T.g.Padmanabhan
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 15:04 IST

Respectful farewell to Swami Sri Narayana Yatheendra Mahadesikan.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 12:23 IST

A noble soul.Great loss to the Sri Vaishnava community

from:  gopal
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 12:21 IST

May His soul rest in the Lotus feet of Ranganatha in Vaikundam. How fortunate was
he to have come to Booloka Vaikundam to reach Sri Vaikundam. His service to
Srivaishnava Community will be remembered by all Bhaktas and he will be missed by
his followers.

from:  Gopalan Ramaswamy
Posted on: May 19, 2013 at 04:49 IST
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