Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s spiritual guru Dayanand Saraswati, who died on Wednesday after a prolonged illness, will be buried at his Rishikesh-based ashram on Friday, an official said on Thursday.
The ashram official said his followers can pay their last respect to the guru on Thursday.
Saraswati was admitted to the Swami Ram Medical College in Dehradun on September 13 after complaints of breathlessness and fluctuation in the blood pressure two days after the Prime Minister met the ailing guru.
PM Modi, who knew him for two decades, had spent around 40 minutes with the guru on September 11 to seek his blessings.
He condoled the death of the spiritual leader calling it a “personal loss”.
“Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji’s demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
“My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality and service,” he added.
The 87-year-old seer was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday morning and shifted to his ashram. The guru’s disciple Sadhvi Brahma Prakashananda said as his health detiorated further doctors suggested that he be discharged.
Prakashananda said he died around 10.20pm on Wednesday. However, the announcement of guru’s demise was made around midnight.
Several saints and political leaders, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal, had met the ailing guru last week at the hospital. The seer has long list of followers including PM Modi and actor Rajinikanth.