Rituals in so far as burying the mortal remains of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi in the premises of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt began in Kanchipuram this morning.
This was being done in the presence of few family members.
Jayendra Saraswathi, regarded as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of his time passed away only yesterday in Kanchipuram yesterday.
The final rituals known as ‘Brindhavana Pravesam,’ began with an ‘abishekam’ or bath.
The abhishekam was performed with milk and honey as prime ingredients.
The ‘abhishekam’, held in the main hall of the mutt, was followed by recital of Vedic hymns by priests in the presence of Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, the junior pontiff of the Mutt.
A Mutt official said the body of Jayendra Saraswathi will be carried later to the adjacent ‘Brindavan Annexe,’ where the mortal remains of his predecessor Sri Chandrasekerendra Saraswathi were interred in 1993.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit participated in the burial ceremony by offering flowers.
A large number of devotees have gathered here for the burial ceremony amid tight security.