: Mahant Rameshwar Puri of Kashi Annapurna Temple died on Saturday while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. He was 67 years old.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed sorrow over the death of Mahant Puri.
A veil of sadness descends on the community of saints and commoners following his death. His body was kept in the temple for the last darshan. His last rites will be performed on Sunday morning.
“Mahant was infected with the corona virus during Haridwar Kumbh. After receiving treatment in New Delhi, he came to Lucknow and later returned to Kashi temple. Meanwhile, on June 11, his health deteriorated and he was admitted to Medanta in Lucknow. His condition has remained critical for the past 10 days. After the doctors lost all hope of improvement, we transferred him to a private hospital in Varanasi where he breathed his last, ”said Shankar Puri, deputy mahant of the temple.
“Rameshwar Puri was appointed Mahant of Shri Annapurna Math temple after the death of Mahant Tribhuvan Puri in 2004. Under his leadership, the Kashi Annapurna Anna Kshetra Trust has continuously expanded its social service. At the time of his appointment, only one Trust project was operating in the form of Annakshetra, while at present the Trust works in the field of education, medicine and the welfare of the elderly. ”Puri said.
Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “Deeply saddened by the disappearance of Mahant Rameshwar Puri ji from Kashi Annapurna temple. His death is an irreparable loss to society. He has constantly inspired people for social work by linking religion and spirituality to social service. Om Shanti (peace)!
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted: “I am extremely saddened by the death of revered Rameshwar Puri ji, Mahant of Kashi Annapurna temple. Your death is an irreparable loss to the spiritual world. I pray to Prabhu Shri Ram to give place to the righteous dead soul at his feet and to give strength to the grieving disciples to endure this unfathomable sorrow. Om Shanti!