New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Kesavananda Bharati Swamiji of Edneer Mutt in Kerala's Kasargod died on Sunday at the age of 79. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences and hailed his contribution towards the empowerment of the downtrodden and community service.

"We will always remember Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji for his contributions towards community service and empowering the downtrodden. He was deeply attached to India’s rich culture and our great Constitution. He will continue to inspire generations. Om Shanti," PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

Police said Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru died at the Edaneer Mutt here due to age-related ailments. "As per the information with us, he passed away at around 3.30 AM on Sunday," police told PTI.

People from all walks of life paid homage to the departed seer at the Edneer Mutt of which he became the head overfive decades ago. The case in which Bharati had challenged Kerala Land Reform laws nearly four decades ago set the principle that the Supreme Court is the guardian of the basic structure of the Constitution and the verdict involved 13 judges, the largest bench ever to sit in the apex court.

While the seer did not get the relief he wanted, the case became significant for its landmark judgment which clipped the widest power of Parliament to amend the Constitution and simultaneously gave judiciary the authority to review any amendment.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma