founded the Chidbhavananda ashram at Theni in Tamil Nadu,
died after a brief illness at a private hospital here on
Monday, ashram sources said.
"The pujyasri Omkarananda Mahaswamiji attained
mahasamadhi at 5.40 pm in Madurai," a source at the ashram
AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and BJP state
chief L Murugan condoled the seer''s demise.
The peetadhipathi who was admitted with Covid-19
tested negative recently but had suffered a cardiac arrest
two days ago.
"Doctors advised us to shift swamiji to Chennai for
treatment but when an attempt was made to board him onto the
air ambulance he developed breathing difficulty and was
immediately rushed back to the hospital here," the source
said and added that the doctors at the hospital declared him
He was 65.
Swami Omkarananda, who took the mission of
rejuvenating the spiritual values and cultural traditions of
India, took his Sanyasa from Swami Chidbhavananda, founder of
Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Tirupparaithurai.
He studied Vedanta under Pujyasri Swami
Paramarthananda, one of the foremost disciples of Pujyasri
Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.
He was known for expounding the essence of some of
the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Tevaram, Tiruvachakam,
Tirumandiram, Tayumanavars hymns, Bharatiyars songs and in
Panneerselvam expressed grief over the
Paying tributes, BJP national general
secretary C T Ravi said he was deeply pained to learn that
Omkarananda Mahaswamiji attained Mahasamadhi in Madurai
"A great Rishi of modern times, Poojya Swamiji was
deeply rooted in Hindu spirituality and had great concern for
the common man. My deepest condolences to His devotees &
followers," he tweeted.
BJP state president L Murugan said the swamiji
devoted his entire life for Hindu Dharma and Tamil language.
"He always conveyed his views eloquently whenever
Hindu Dharma was undermined. Its hard to believe that he is
no more," Murugan said in a statement. PTI JSP COR SA BN