The title molecular salt (2), 2,2 '-(pyridine-2,6-diyl)bis (1H-benzo[d]imidazol-3-ium) 2,4,6-trimethylbenzenesulfonate chloride (C19H15N52+center dot C9H11O3S-.Cl-), was synthesized unexpectedly from the reaction of 2,6-bis(benzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine (1) with 2-mesitylenesulfonyl chloride. Spectroscopic techniques NMR and UV-vis.) were used to characterize compounds 1 and 2. Solid-state structure of compound 2 was identified by X-ray crystallography. Theoretical characterization of the spectroscopic properties of compounds 1 and 2 was achieved using the density functional theory (DFT) method with the 6-311G(d,p) basis set, and the results were checked against the experimental data. Electronic absorption spectra of the compounds have also been obtained. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.