Ramakrishna Math Head Swami Atmasthanandaji Passes Away

The monk who spearheaded many major relief operations in the country and neighbouring countries passed away on Sunday due to age-related illness.

Kolkata: The president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Atmasthanandaji (98) passed away at a hospital in Kolkata on Sunday due to age-related illness.

The monk spent several years at Shyamla Tal in the Himalayas. Under his aegis, several relief operations were taken up in various parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh during natural calamities.

President Maharaj to the devotees since December 2007, Swami Atmasthanandaji had been undergoing treatment for age-related ailments at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan since February 2015. As his condition worsened on Saturday, he was put on a ventilator.

As the news of his death broke, a large number of followers thronged the hospital premises to pay their final respects.

A statement released by the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, said, “Despite the best medical attention, his condition deteriorated over the last few days and he passed away around 5.30 pm on Sunday  at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan hospital.”

The mortal remains were kept at Belur Math, the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, at 8.20 pm and will be kept in the cultural hall for devotees to pay their last respects.

“The gates of Belur Math will remain open all through the night of the 18th and through the 19th till the last rites are completed,” the Math and Mission said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had met the ailing Swami on April 17 last year, condoled the seer’s death, terming it as a “personal loss”.

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