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PM Narendra Modi Says His Spiritual Guru Swami Dayanand Saraswati's Death Is A 'Personal Loss'

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to members of the Indian expatriate community in the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, on August 17, 2015, during a two-day visit to the UAE. Modi is the first Indian premier to visit the UAE in more than three decades since Indira Gandhi came in 1981 and is due to address the country's large India expat community in Dubai. Indians, who form the UAE's largest expatriate community, account for about 30 percent of the country's population of eight million, with many of them labourers who were behind the construction boom. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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