Amaravathi: Swami Swarupananda Saraswati (99), who worked for a long time for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, passed away on Sunday due to illness. Swarupananda Saraswati breathed her last at 3.30 pm at Sritham Joteshwar Ashram in Narsingapur, Madhya Pradesh. Born on September 2, 1924 in Dighori village near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Shankaracharya Swami celebrated his 99th birthday in 2018 on Hariyali Teej, the day celebrated in North India to commemorate the day when Lord Parvati took Goddess Parvati as his wife in Vrindavan.Born in a Brahmin family in Dighori village near Jabalpur in Seoni district, Shankaracharya left home at the age of 9 and dedicated his life to the upliftment of Hinduism. He reached Varanasi in UP and studied the Vedas under Swami Karpatri Maharaj. During the freedom struggle, he participated in the Quit India movement against the British. He became known as a revolutionary saint who jumped into the freedom struggle at the age of 19. He was initiated as a monk at Dandi in 1950 and became known as Swami Swarupananda Saraswati. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled his death.