New Delhi: The head of prominent Pejavara Mutt Vishwesha Teertha Swami passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday. The seer breathed his last at 9:30 AM today. His mortal remains will be kept at Ajjarakadu Mahatma Gandhi Maidan for 3 hours today, where he’ll be given state honours, said Udupi MLA K Raghupati Bhat.

The 88-year-old seer was undergoing treatment at KMC hospital since December 20. Earlier in the day, he was shifted to Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt from the hospital in critical condition.

The octogenarian pontiff was being treated for extensive pneumonia with antibiotics and supportive treatment.

PM Modi condoled the death of the religious leader on micro-blogging site Twitter. “Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of the Sri Pejawara Matha, Udupi will remain in the hearts and minds of lakhs of people for whom he was always a guiding light. A powerhouse of service and spirituality, he continuously worked for a more just and compassionate society. Om Shanti”, PM tweeted.

Remembering his last meeting with the seer on the day of Guru Purnima, PM Modi further said,”I consider myself blessed to have got many opportunities to learn from Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji. Our recent meeting, on the pious day of Guru Purnima was also a memorable one. His impeccable knowledge always stood out. My thoughts are with his countless followers.”

Expressing grief over the seer’s demise, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said,”May Lord Krishna grant salvation to his soul. I would pray for the devotees to give them the strength to overcome their pain.”

Praying for his devotes, the ruling BJP in a tweet said, “Karnataka is orphaned today as his Holiness Pejawara Swamiji has left us for heavenly abode. Poojaneeya Swamiji was a great strength to Kannadigas and a guiding force for building the Ram Mandir. Prayers for His Sadgati. Deepest condolences to His disciples and devotees.”

The Karnataka government has also announced 3-day mourning from December 2 to 31 as a mark of respect to the  religious leader.