Udupi’s Sri Laxmivarateertha Swamiji, head of Shiroor Math, passed away on the wee hours of Thursday, July 19. He was 54.
Swamiji was ill since the morning on Wednesday, July 18, and hence admitted to KMC Hospital, Manipal.
His condition was said to be critical later in the evening.
Sri Laxmivarateertha Swamiji was born in 1964. He received Sanyasa in 1971.
During his first Paryaya (1978-80), he renovated the Mukhamantapa at the entrance of Sri Krishna Math, and during his second paryaya, he decorated Sri Krishna idols in several ways, which attracted people from different corners.
The funeral to be held on July 19 at Shiroor Math.
All schools and institutions connected to Sri Krishna Math have declared holiday for Thursday.
Shops in Shiroor have been closed. Hundreds of people are seen in town expressing grief on the demise of Swamiji.
All the Swamijis from Sri Krishna Matha are expected to attend the funeral.
As per latest reports, gastrointestinal bleeding was the cause of death. Hence a post-mortem will be conducted before the body is taken from hospital.>