Shivakumar Swami of Siddaganga Mutt is recovering from a liver operation that had been performed on him in Chennai. Shivakumar Swami is Karnataka's 111-year-old revered pontiff.
"The pontiff has recovered from the effects of anesthesia, administered for the liver operation earlier in the day, and is awake in the intensive care unit," said Rela Institute of Medical Centre Chairman Mohamed Rela in a statement.
The pontiff was flown to Chennai from Bengaluru on Friday in an air ambulance for the operation to treat his liver and bile duct infection. Tumakuri is located about 70 km west of Bengaluru.
Though the operation was for four hours, the seer was stable throughout the surgery, which involved exploring his bile ducts, removal of metal and plastic stents within the bile duct and a bypass between the bile duct in the liver and small intestine.
"The seer would be under observation in ICU till the surgical wounds are healed, and his other vital organs function normally incommensurate with his advanced age," said the mutt official.
The holy man has been in and out of hospitals of late for treatment of symptoms related to his advanced age.