Dada JP Vaswani, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, died in Pune on Thursday morning ahead of his 100th birthday next month.
“0901hrs IST July 12 2018, on sacred Guruvaar day, our Beloved Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani passes on, from the seen to the unseen. Ever-loving, ever-giving, may he continue to bless us from the beyond,” the mission tweeted.
Born on August 2, 1918, in Hyderabad in Pakistan’s Sindh in a pious Sindhi family, Vaswani was in the hospital for a few days.
“For last few days, he was admitted to the city-based private hospital and he was discharged on Wednesday night,” one of the mission members said.
The mortal remains of Vaswani, known for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights, have been kept at the mission for followers to pay their last respect.
The mission was planning a big celebration on Vaswani’s 100th birthday in August when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to attend. The Prime Minister, considered close to Vaswani, received generous praise from the Sindhi spiritual leader.
Modi visited the mission for the first time in 2013, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani was among those who frequently visited the mission.