The chief pontiff and head of Sri Raghavendra Mutt in Mantralayam, Sri Suyateendra Teertha, 80, passed away here on Friday. He was suffering from old age related health issues.

His body was kept at Mutt complex in the morning for his disciples and devotees to pay their last respects. Following the funeral rites as per the Mutt tradition, he was buried at Brindavanam on the Mutt premises .