New Delhi, March 1: Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt got its new Shankracharya on Thursday as Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal assumed charge of the 2500-year-old religious institution. He succeeded Jayendra Saraswati who died on Wednesday at the age of 83. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty, Brother Showik, And Shruti Modi Visit ED Office For More Questioning in Money Laundering Case

Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal will now be the promoter of the ‘Sanatan Advait Vedanta’. He was born in 1969 in Kanchipuram. His name was Shankarnarayan. His father Krishnamurti Shastri taught Rigveda in a ‘vedic’ school in Tamil Nadu. Also Read - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Creates Twitter Account in Hindi, Check His First Tweet

At the age of 14, Vijayendra had took ‘sanyasa’ (vow of celibacy) and had considered Jayendra Saraswati as his ‘guru’. Jayendra Saraswati rechristened him and announced him his spiritual heir. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput's co-star Harshad Chopda to Pay Tribute to SSR at Ganeshotsav Special

Vijayendra is quite popular in the Kanchi mutt as he would promote vedic knowledge among youths. He also founded Dharma Seva Foundation, which revamps temples across the country.

Kanchi mutt head Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati passed away on Wednesday. He was keeping unwell since last few months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressed grief over the top seer’s death. Deeply anguished to hear the news of Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati’s passing away, PM Modi said in his condolence message on Twitter. Sushma Swaraj added that she was “fortunate” to have been blessed by him.

“My respectful homage to Param Pujya Swami Jayendra Saraswati Ji who has attained mahasamadhi this morning. I was fortunate to have his blessings always,” Swaraj said in her tweet.