Udupi: 89-year-old Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami on Sunday (December 29) breathed his last in Udupi’s Sri Krishna mutt in Karnataka.

Considering the critical illness of the revered seer, all arrangements of ventilator and ICU units were kept ready in the mutt.

Earlier, saints and seers at the mutt conducted special prayers for the speedy recovery of Vishwesha Teertha Swami. Junior seer of Udupi Pejawar Adhokshaja mutts, along with others was seen chanting Vishnu Sahasranamam inside the mutt premises.

Former Union minister Uma Bharti arrived at the mutt in the wee hours on Sunday.

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa is also expected to pay a visit to the mutt.

Earlier, it was reported that Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar mutt, who was admitted to Kasturba Hospital on December 20, was on life support as his condition deteriorated.

The superintendent of Kasturba Hospital had said, "The condition of Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar mutt (Karnataka) is very critical, and there is a further decline in his health condition. He remains unconscious and is on life support systems. The tests have shown severe brain dysfunction." 

The seer was given sanyasa vows at the age of 8 in 1938. His vidya guru is Shri Vidyamanya Tirtharu of Shri Bhandarkeri mutt, and Sri Palimaru Mutt also. He has appointed Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, as his successor at Pejawar mutt.