Sri Ranga Narayana Jeer, 89, the Jeer of Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, died at a private hospital here on Wednesday evening. He was the 50th Jeer of Srirangam Sri Ramanuja Mutt.
Born on December 3, 1929, at Nainarpalayam village in Sankarapuram taluk in Villupuram district, the Jeer was known by the name Sri Varadhachariar before he became the pontiff of the Mutt.
He was born in a religious family to Balakrishnamachari and Seshalakshmi and studied Rig Veda at Sri Shankara Mutt at Tiruvanaikoil here. During his early days when he studied the Vedas, he was deeply devoted to Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswany. For a few years from 1959, he served as a priest at the Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple at Coimbatore.
His long-standing wish became a reality after he crossed 60 years when he became the 50th Pontiff of the Sri Ramanuja Mutt at Srirangam. He was devoted in serving Lord Arangan and earned the love and respect of his devotees.
Due to his old age, the Jeer had not been keeping good health for some time and was admitted to a private hospital in the city where he died on Wednesday, said temple authorities.
The Jeer would be laid to rest along the Coleroon river bank on Thursday evening, the authorities added.
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