Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Mutt, who was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Kasturba Hospital in Manipal, for health problems, early on Wednesday, is stable but under observation.
P. Latavya Acharya, Dewan of Shiroor Mutt, told
that the seer had food with college students who were planting saplings in 15 acres of mutt premises at Shiroor village, about 24 km from Udupi, on Monday.
Later he suffered from food poisoning, which affected his blood pressure and he was rushed to the Kasturba Hospital at around 12.30 a.m. on Wednesday, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, he said.
“He is out of danger. According to the doctors treating him, he is stable. But he will be under observation for the next 48 hours,” Mr. Acharya said.
The Shiroor seer has been in the news recently over the issue of idols of presiding deities of his Mutt. The Shiroor seer had given the idols of the presiding deities of his Mutt to Ishapriya Tirtha Swami, junior seer of Admar Mutt, few months ago, for keeping at the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Krishna Mutt as the former was ill.
After his recovery, he sought the idols. But the seers of the six of the Ashta Mutts refused to hand over the idols and put a condition that the Shiroor seer should appoint a junior seer. This was not acceptable to the Shiroor seer, who even threatened to file a criminal case on the issue on July 16.
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