RISHIKESH -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's spiritual guru Swami Dayanand Saraswati passed away on Wednesday night at his ashram in Sheeshamjhadi area here after a prolonged illness.
He was 87.
Swami Dayanand breathed his last late on Wednesday night at 10:20 pm, said his close aide and trustee of Dayanand Ashram, Shantatmanand Saraswati.
He had been brought back to the ashram on Wednesday after 10 days of treatment at the Jolly Grant Himalayan Hospital, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, where his condition had begun to decline steadily, he said.
The spiritual guru had been ailing for a long time.
On September 11, Prime Minister Modi had paid a visit to Swami Dayanand at his ashram to enquire after his health.
Swami Dayanand's last rites are reportedly going to take place on September 25.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji's demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2015
My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality & service.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2015