Bangladesh Ramkrishna Mission head passes away

Swami Aksharananda died after prolonged illness at the age of 82.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 14:31 PM IST

Dhaka: Leading spiritual personality and
principal of Ramkrishna Mission movement in Bangladesh, Swami
Aksharananda, died here on Monday after prolonged illness at the
age of 82.

"Principal of Dhaka Ramkrishna Math (monastery) and
Ramkrishna Mission breathed his last today at (Dhaka`s) Apollo
Hospital," the Mission said in an announcement.

Clerics close to Aksharananda told PTI that the
leading religious figure was kept under artificial life
support since he suffered a hemorrhage two weeks ago. He was
previously undergoing treatment for kidney ailments.

Born at Khurda village of southwestern Satkhira in
1929, Aksharananda joined Ramkrishna Mission in Narendrapur of
Kolkata in 1950 and subsequently turned to asceticism in 1959.

He returned to Bangladesh in 1972 to join a succour
campaign in the war-ravaged Bangladesh to rehabilitate the
distressed people and subsequently became the Principal of
Dhaka Ramkrishna Mission, serving in this position for 37
years.

His body has been kept on Dhaka Ramkrishna Mission
premises for public viewing until tomorrow when he would be
cremated at Rajarbag Baradeswari Kali Mandir crematory.

Hundreds of his admirers and followers thronged the
mission to pay their last respects to him.

PTI