Swami Prakashananda, the former head of Sivagiri Mutt, passed away at the Sivagiri Sree Narayana Medical Mission Hospital (July 7th, 2021). He was 99 years old and was under treatment for the past two years.
Born in December 1922, Swami Prakashananda reached Sivagiri Mutt at the age of 22. In 2006, Swami became the head of the Mutt and continued in the position for ten years. He was one of the oldest saints in Kerala today. Swami Prakasananda is a native of Puravanthur, Kollam.
He is credited with making the annual Sivagiri pilgrimage an international spiritual event. In 2012, Dalai Lama had inaugurated the 80th Sivagiri Annual Festival and, in 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Mutt.
Pujya Swami Prakashananda Ji of Shivgiri Math, spent his entire life imparting knowledge and in service of the poor.
His departure has created an insurmountable void. We express our humble tribute to his sacred memories. Om Shanti,@RSSorg pic.twitter.com/khzbi45e23
— VSK BHARAT (@editorvskbharat) July 7, 2021
Shradhanjali from RSS
We are deeply pained by the demise of Pujya Swami Prakashananda Ji of Shivgiri Math, who was renowned for his knowledge of Sanatana Dharma as explained by Sree Narayana Guru as well as his deep spirituality. As an ardent follower of the Guru, his life was an expression of this spirituality and it was felt by those around him as selfless love and noble deeds.
He spent his entire life imparting knowledge and in service of the poor.
His departure has created an insurmountable void. We express our humble tribute to his sacred memories. Om Shanti
Dr. Mohan Bhagawat, Sarsanghchalak
Dattatreya Hosabale, Sarkaryavah
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh