He succeeds Beerendra Keshava Tarakananda Puri Swamiji
Bangalore: Niranjanananda Puri has been named the new head of the Kanaka Gurupeetha at Kaginele in Haveri district. He succeeds Beerendra Keshava Tarakananda Puri Swamiji who passed away recently without naming a successor.
The new swamiji was selected by the Kanaka Gurupeetha Trust, which comprises among others the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress leader H. Vishwanath.
Considering the opposition that had built up over the last few days on the handling of the issue of a successor to the math, the selection of Niranjanananda Puri was a smooth affair. He will head the Gurupeetha for five years under a system of rotation decided upon by the trust.
Niranjanananda Puri, who hails from Hartikote in the Hiriyur taluk of Chitradurga district, is a postgraduate in Sanskrit from the Dr. Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Banaras. He was so far attached to the main math at Kaginele. He is also well versed in other languages, including English, and is a scholar.
Speaking to presspersons, the new swamiji said he would work towards ensuring that the poor and rural students were provided basic education.
Mr. Vishwanath, who is the chairman of the trust, announced the appointment of the new head of the math and said it was a unanimous choice.
He said that the Kaginele Mahasamsthana was founded in February 1992 and it had branches in Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga and Belgaum, and the heads of the branches would be appointed as the swamiji of the main math every five years through a system of rotation.
Thus, the swamijis in all the four branches would get a chance to head the Kanaka Gurupeetha, Mr. Vishwanath noted.
K.S. Eshwarappa, Minister for Water Resources, said there was no controversy on the appointment of the new swamiji.