Rishikesh, September 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's guru Swami Dayanand Saraswati who was battling kidney failure and a host of related ailments, breathed his last at his Rishikesh ashram on Wednesday night. PM Modi had come to meet his ailing guru at his Rishikesh ashram on September 11.
The meeting between the two had lasted for about 45 minutes. Barely few days after PM Modi's departure, Dayananda Saraswati’s condition had deteriorated and the Swami was admitted to Himalayan Institute Hospital at Jolly Grant in Dehradun. "Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji's demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace," Modi wrote on Twitter, soon after he landed in New York today. "My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality & service," Modi said.
Confirming the fact, a staff of the Dayanand Saraswati Ashram, Virendra, told media, "Guruji is no more, he left his body this night." The guru's personal doctor Dr R Bhardwaj also confirmed his demise.
A teacher of Vedas and Upanishads, Saraswati was brought to India from the US in an air ambulance on August 27. Saraswati, on September 13, was admitted to the hospital after his health deteriorated. For six days, he had been kept in the Intensive Care Unit. On Wednesday, he expressed his "antim ichcha" (last wish) to be taken back to the ashram.
On Wednesday morning, the 86-year-old Saraswati expressed his desire to be brought to his Rishikesh ashram. Following the request of the octogenarian guru, he was shifted to his ashram, which was built by him in 1960, media reported.