Bengaluru: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar spoke on the demise of Vishwesha Teertha Swami who passed away on Sunday (December 29). He said that throughout his life, despite his fragile health, the seer served with solid spirit.

"Swami Vishweshwa Teertha of Pejawar Mutt is one of the great saints of our times. Throughout his life, he has served the society even in fragile health but with a very strong spirit. He inspired everyone-young and old, rich and poor alike. He had a great vision for a happier and healthier society," said Sri Sri Ravishankar.

Art of Living founder Ravishankar also stated that the seer had remained an inspiration for many decades.

"He inaugurated the Art of Living Foundation Centre in 1981, and he has been an inspiration since then. He was in touch with me throughout the Ayodhya mediation process and even before, as he wanted the resolution of the Ayodhya issue amicably and peacefully between the two communities. His simplicity and large-heartedness is something people will not forget. He will continue to inspire millions across the nation," he added.

Mortal remains of Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami were laid to rest in Vidyapeeta in Bengaluru on Sunday.

State honours were also given to Vishwesha Teertha Swami in city's Basavanagudi before the last rites. He passed away earlier on Sunday at Udupi Sri Krishna mutt. Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa also paid tribute to the seer, moments after he passed away.

The Karnataka government has announced three-day mourning from December 29-31, following the demise of the Pejawar mutt seer.