Updated March 27th, 2024 at 00:51 IST

Ramakrishna Mission President Swami Smaranananda Dies; PM Modi, President Murmu Pay Tribute

Swami Smaranananda, the 16th president of the Ramakrishna Mission, died on Tuesday night.

Reported by: Digital Desk
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New Delhi: Swami Smaranananda, the 16th president of the Ramakrishna Mission, died on Tuesday night at the age of 95 due to age-related ailments. The monk was admitted to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan on January 29 due to a pre-existing urinary tract infection. His condition worsened, leading to respiratory failure, and he had to be placed on a ventilator on March 3.   

"Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, most revered President Maharaj of the Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission attained Mahasamadhi today at 8.14 pm," the statement by Ramakrishna Mission read. For the unversed, he assumed the presidency in 2017, as confirmed by the RK Mission in a statement. 


PM Modi Pays Tribute

Expressing grief over Smaranananda's demise, PM Modi wrote on X (formerly Twitter), "Srimat Swami Smaranananda ji Maharaj, the revered President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission dedicated his life to spirituality and service. He left an indelible mark on countless hearts and minds. His compassion and wisdom will continue to inspire generations. I had a very close relation with him over the years. I recall my visit to Belur Math in 2020 when I had interacted with him. A few weeks ago in Kolkata, I had also visited the hospital and enquired about his health. My thoughts are with the countless devotees of the Belur Math. Om Shanti”.


President Droupadi Murmu Pays Tribute

President Droupadi Murmu paid trubute with a post on X, saying, “Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji was one of the leading lights of Indian spiritualism who headed Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Through these organisations, he promoted spirituality and social well-being. In his passing, we may have lost his earthly presence but his life and messages will continue to be an inspiration for us. I pay my tributes to the revered Swamiji!”

Amit Shah Pays Tribute

Home Minister Amit Shah paid tribute with a post on X. Shah said, “Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Math was a spiritual giant whose scholarly knowledge ignited minds with enlightenment and whose compassionate presence could fill hearts with divine bliss. Maharaj Ji's absence leaves a void that will be difficult to fill but the legacy of his wisdom will remain our guiding light. My condolences are with his countless followers.”


Mamata Banerjee Pays Tribute

In her tribute on X, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted, "Deeply saddened at the news of the demise tonight of Srimat Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj, the Revered President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. This great monk during his lifetime has given spiritual leadership to the world order of the Ramakrishnaites and remains the source of solace for millions of devotees across the globe. I convey my deepest condolence to all his fellow monks, followers and devotees.


Published March 26th, 2024 at 22:49 IST