Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, Ramakrishna Mission head, dies at 98


The leader of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Swami Atmasthananda, who was viewed as a mentor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, died in Kolkata on Sunday. He was 98.

The spiritual leader had been sick since February 2015, PTI announced. An announcement from the organisation stated, “Notwithstanding the best medical attention, his condition crumbled throughout the most recent couple of days and he passed away around 5.30 pm today at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan hospital.” He will be incinerated at the Belur Math on Monday.

Atmasthananda was born in present day Bangladesh and joined the order when he was 22. He was given the title of “swami” after eight years. He held different positions in the association, regulating alleviation operations amid natural calamities in India and its neighboring nations. He was selected leader of the mission in 2007.

Head administrator Narendra Modi called his demise an “personal loss”. Modi had searched him out when he was posted in Rajkot and thought of him as his master. Modi tweeted: “Swami Atmasthananda ji was honored with gigantic wisdom and knowledge. Eras will recollect his model identity.”