Prominent astrologer and founder of Kalnirnay almanac, Jayant Salgaonkar, 84, passed away at the Hinduja hospital in Mahim on Tuesday morning.
Salgaonkar was admitted to the hospital on Saturday with complaints of vomiting and severe diarrhoea, as he suffered from food poisoning after eating a fungus-ridden sweet, his family said.
He had a cardiac arrest on Sunday, but was revived.
Salgaonkar’s last rites were conducted at the Shivaji Park crematorium in Dadar on Tuesday evening.
Salgaonkar is best known for the Kalnirnay almanac, one of the largest selling publications in the world with 1 crore copies published every year.
The calendar is a household reference not only for Hindus but among other religions too and is published in nine states in regional languages.
“Looking at the people who attended the funeral, I realised how popular and loved my father was,” said Jayendra Salgaonkar, 54, who has been bringing out the panchang for the calendar for the past 12 years.
Salgaonkar was also instrumental in first bringing together Ganeshotsav organisers in the city under an umbrella association called the Maharashtra Ganeshotsav Mahamandal and streamlining celebrations of the popular festival.
“Salgaonkar urged organisers to celebrate the festival in a traditional manner instead of commercialising it,” said Naresh Dahibawkar, president of the Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti.