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Sri Kaliyan Vanamamalai Ramanuja Jeer.
Sri Kaliyan Vanamamalai Ramanuja Jeer.

The 30{+t}{+h}Jeer of Nanguneri Mutt, Sri Kaliyan Vanamamalai Ramanuja Jeer (82), passed away at 4.22 p.m. on Wednesday following a brief illness. His last rites will be performed on Thursday.

Following the demise, Madhurakavi Vanamamalai Jeer (75) became the 31st Jeer of the Mutt.

Sri Kaliyan Ramanuja Jeer was a highly talented and gifted writer and an orator in Tamil, Sanskrit, Hindi and English. He became the Jeer of Vanamamalai Mutt on November 10, 1994.

“Being an expert teacher, he used to clarify disciples’ doubts so lucidly and make us understand the most intricate meanings in the works of Alwars and Acharyas passed on from the Vedas and Upanishads,” recall the residents of Nanguneri.

The Jeer, a postgraduate in Tamil, English, Hindi and Sanskrit, was the Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Chennai in his ‘poorvasrama.’

He has translated the Tirukkural into Sanskrit and also obtained a Ph. D. in Sanskrit. He was a writer of short stories and poems in all these four languages and several of his writings have been published in different magazines.

As he always dreamt of a developed Nanguneri, the Jeer gave away over 2,000 acres of land belonging to the Nanguneri Mutt for the development of Nanguneri Special Economic Zone.

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