H H Jagat Guru Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Mutt – His life journey

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Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal was born on July 18, 1935 as Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer. He is the 69th Shankaracharya Guru and head or pontiff (Pïțhādhipati) of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.


He has just completed 80 years and all over India his “Sadabhishekam” i:e. 80th birthday is celebrated in 2015. I just happened to witness one of his felicitation ceremony on 17th November, 2015 at Fine Arts Society, Chembur, Maharashtra, India. He looks very frail and very composed. I had the opportunity to meet him personally at his Kanchi Ashram about 10 years ago. There is a sea of difference in his health now as compared to earlier. When I was closely watching him, I thought of writing his life sketches and relate it to the astrology too. So my pen starts now….His birth details have been given to me by one of his close associate about 4 years ago. He too is a astrology pundit, but left heavenly abode about 3 months ago.

Subramanyam Mahadeva Iyer was nominated by his predecessor, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal, as his successor and was given the divinely ordained pontifical title Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on March 22, 1954. He is one of the leading religious figures in Hinduism today.

Astrological explanation:

The dasa operated on 22nd March, 1954 was Rahu/Mars. Rahu is in the 12th house (giving away, sacrifice, etc). Rahu being in Sagittarius, represents Jupiter and is also natural 9th house of religion, spiritualism, etc. Jupiter is in the 10th house (profession). Jupiter is along with Mars lord of 4 (home) and 11 (fulfilment of desires). Jupiter, lord of 12th conjoining with Mars, lord of 4, has to force him out of the house. The 12th house represents new surroundings, going away to a new place, etc. In the Bhava Chalit chart, Mars relegates to the 9th house of religion, spiritualism, etc. No wonder he was chosen to be 69th Pontiff by the predecessor.

Now coming to the transits, Rahu the dasa lord was exactly transiting on the natal Rahu. Mars the antara lord was transiting in Scorpio its own house in the star of Jyeshta (lorded by Mercury, the 9th lord). Sun was aspecting the 9th house from Pisces. Moon was transiting over natal Mars. Saturn was transiting over Mars and Jupiter was aspecting the 9th house. Oh!!! What an explanation astrology provides. Great !!!!

On the night of August 22, 1987, Jayendra Saraswati abandoned his holy staff and “disappeared” from the math and was traced to Talacauvery in Karnataka. On August 25, 1987, the Paramacharya formally anointed Vijayendra Saraswati as the math head. The treasury key and account books were handed over to the teenage pontiff. When Jayendra Saraswati returned after 17 days, a compromise was worked out. So, when Chandrasekharendra Saraswati died in 1994, the Kanchi math was left with two heads.

Astrological Explanation:

On 25th August, 1987 the dasa running was Saturn/Jupiter/Saturn. Saturn is in the 2nd house and its also the ascendant lord. Saturn is in the star of Rahu in the 12th house of running away from home i:e. Mutt. Jupiter is also lord of 12th house in the 10th house.

Coming to transit, Saturn till 18th August, 1987 was retrograde and was stationary till almost 22nd August, 1987. When retrograde it aspected the previous house, i:e. 10th house. Saturn which is ascendant lord has to give negative thoughts when its retrograde. As far as Jupiter is concerned it turned retrograde on 20th August, 1987. See how the retrograde planet reacts. It fills the person with negativity provided its afflicted in the natal chart also. You can apply this rule in your horoscope too and find out. In majority of the cases it is true. Moreover, his 8th house from the natal ascendant i.e: Leo had Mars, Sun, Mercury & Venus. Further, Jupiter and Saturn also aspected the 8th house. The 8th house is the house of controversies as we all know. Here again a wonderful scenario is depicted.

The arrest of Jayendra Saraswathi on Diwali day in November 2004 in Andhra Pradesh and later his heir apparent, Vijayendra, came as a big jolt to the Kanchi Mutt and its followers.

Astrological explanation:

The dasa in operation was Mercury/Saturn/Ketu. Mercury is in the 6th house of disputes in the star of Rahu in the 12th house. Saturn as discussed above is the star of Rahu which is in the 12th house. The 12th house is jail. Ketu in natal chart is in the star of Jupiter lord of 12th and 3rd (going out of mutt).

In transit, Saturn just turned retrograde on 7th November, 2004. Mercury in the natal chart is in Mrityu Bhaga (MB). Amavasya just got over in 10th house of profession. Retrograde Saturn was transiting in the 7th house of court cases. So here again as discussed above retrograde Saturn played its negative role. Rahu/Ketu was in 4/10 axis of home and profession.

Final verdict on Sankararaman murder case was given on 27-Nov-2013 and all 23 accused were acquitted by the court . [7] The judge held that the witnesses failed to support the prosecution case that the two Sankaracharyas were part of a conspiracy to eliminate the temple official in September 2004. He also said the witnesses, including Sankararaman’s daughter, failed to identify the accused in the court. None of them identified any accused in the court and no incriminating evidence was made out against the accused, the judge noted.

Astrological explanation:

The dasa running was Venus/Venus/Venus. Venus for Capricorn ascendant is yoga karak provided it is strong. In natal chart Venus is vargottam and it is also in its own star. Its placement in the 8th house gave a surprise. !!!
In transit, Venus was transiting in the 12th house and in its own star too. So significations of Venus gets activated fully. So he had a sigh of great relief.

His health started showing signs of discomfort from the period of July, 2011. It was the period of Ketu/Saturn. Here Ketu is in the 6th house of diseases. Mercury is also in the 6th house but with debilitated Ketu. Mercury is in the star of Rahu.

Now the period running is Venus/Venus/Saturn. It is from the beginning of Venus period (August 2013) he would have got away from the active administration of the Mutt affairs. This period also would have made him further fragile. Now the current period of Venus/Venus/Saturn which began from October, 2015 will run till May 2016. Here, Saturn is in the 2nd house and retrograde. Saturn in transit is transiting in the 11th house, badakasthana for chara lagna. So his health needs utmost care.

The next period of Venus/Venus/Mercury and Ketu which begins from May 2016 and ends in December, 2016 will require more care when his health may deteriorate more. Mercury and Ketu is in the 6th house. So, extra care needed here too.

From December, 2016, the period of Sun starts which will be very critical for HH Swami ji.


Sundar Balakrishnan
B.Com., MFM Finance (NMIMS)
2 Year Jyotirvid and 3 Year Jyotirvisharad
(From Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai)
Date: 18th November, 2015
Time: 5.00 PM, Mumbai, India

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