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World renowned yoga legend BKS Iyengar passes away in Pune; PM Narendra Modi condoles death

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 9:40am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: PTI

World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga BKS Iyengar passed away here early this morning following illness.

96-year-old Iyengar had been ailing since some time and was admitted to a private hospital here a week back. He was put on dialysis after his condition worsened two days back.
He breathed his last at 3.15 AM.

Iyengar, honoured with Padma Vibhushan, is survived by a son and daughter.

The legendary yoga guru was admitted to a city hospital on August 12 following complaints of acute breathlessness and palpitation, Dr Deepali Mande, who attended on him, told PTI.

"He did not want to be admitted to hospital even though he was unwell at home for almost three weeks. Iyengar had a cardiac (ailment) history. His condition subsequently worsened leading to renal failure after which he was put on dialysis," she said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of yoga legend saying, "generations will remember Shri BKS Iyengar as a fine guru, scholar & a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world."

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also expressed deep grief over the death of world-renowned yoga guru BKS Iyengar whom he hailed as "great lion of Indian yoga". "My homage to the great lion of Indian yoga who passed away today. He made Pune the capital of yoga and spread it all over the world," Javdekar said in a condolence message.

During the last phase, Iyengar was feeling drowsy, she said.

"He was not keen on having any food," the doctor added.

Iyengar was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and had written many books on yoga practice and philosophy including 'Light on Yoga', 'Light on Pranayama', and 'Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'

Indian Diplomacy also gave tribute to Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. 

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