Jagadguru Chandrasekhara Saraswati was the 68th Pontiff of the Kanchi Kama Koti Peetham with the longest spiritual reign of 87 years. He was known as the Mahaswami and the Paramacharya who was a combination of a Saint, Sage and a Scholar.
He was born on 20th May 1894 to Sri Subramanya Shastry and Mahalakshmi Ammal in Villipuram in Tamilnadu. He was named Swaminathan and at the young age of 13 he became the Kanchi Kamakoti Peethadhipati and named as Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati.
He studied all the vedas and shastras and undertook rigorous tours and pada yatras giving discourses on Sanatana Dharma. He gave thousands of lectures and wrote several books like “The Vedas”, “Aspects of our Religion”, “Adi Sankara – His Life and Times” and many others.
Even though he was not actively involved in politics, he was interested in the Indian Freedom Movement and had a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in his ashram. He had requested all his devotees to boycott all foreign clothes and switch over to khadi. When India became free, he gave the Maithreem Bhajata song which was sung at the UN by M S Subbalakshmi.
He was perhaps the only saint who had the Birth Centenary Celebrations inaugurated and Kanakabhishekam performed in his own divine presence and later attained Mukti at the age of 100 in January 1994.