Dharmacharya of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Pundit Uttam Maharaj has passed away.
Pundit Maharaj, of Rousillac Village, was initiated as Dharmachaya - Hindu spiritual leader - by India’s Swami Divyananda Teerth at the Maha Sabha headquarters in St Augustine in 2005.
The 70-year-old spiritual head passed away this morning.
Secretary General of the Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj confirmed the passing to CNC3.
Maharaj described his spiritual leader as a pious and committed man.
Maharaj said he and the rest of the Maha Saba are in shock over the news.
He revealed to CNC3 that Maharaj has been ailing for a short while but they were all hoping he would recover.
Maharaj said he was committed to consolilation and consensus and not conflict.
Funeral details are expected to be released soon.