Mahant Bhaskar Das, the chief litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri mosque dispute case, passed away in Uttar Pradesh at around 3 am on Saturday. He was 89.
With the death of the sarpanch mahant of the Nirmohi Akhada in Ayodhya, both the chief litigants in the case from the Hindu and Muslim sides have passed away.
Also the mahant of the Naka Hanuman Gadhi in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh, Das was a petitioner in the case since 1959.
He was admitted to a private medical facility on Tuesday following breathing problems where he later suffered a brain stroke.
The seer will be cremated at the Tulsi ghat in Ayodhya later on Saturday, close associates told news agency IANS.
Doctors had earlier advised that he be taken to a super-speciality hospital either in Lucknow or Delhi. However, the ageing priest refused to leave the temple town.
Faizabad MP Lallu Singh, former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee President Nirmal Khatri and several local Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders besides others paid their homage to Das.
All shops in the Hanumangarhi area here have downed their shutters as a mark of respect for Das.