In Karnataka, people pay homage to Shiva kumara Swamiji. Among a sea of humanity, Karnataka's iconic Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swamiji on Tuesday laid to rest with state honors in the Siddaganga mutt when regarding 10-lakh individuals paid court to his mortal remains here.
After a three-round gun salute by the state police as a mark of respect, taking part in of the national anthem and sounding of bugles by a music band, the seer's frail body clad in saffron robes was down within the ground during a sitting posture as per the customs in the Mutt's newly-built temple.
The 111-year-old widespread and powerful seer of the powerful Lingayat community died on Monday within the mutt with an extended illness. Though ceremonies associated with the last rites began earlier within the day with the purification of the ultimate resting place and special rituals, the last journey began at 5.00 p.m during a flower-bedecked wooden chariot from the open ground within the mutt wherever Swami's body was kept during a glass showcase for public viewing since Monday afternoon.
According to Mutt's head priest M.N. Chandrashekharayya, Swami had wished to be buried within the temple, because it was set facing the Vedic-cum-Sanskrit school within the heart of the mutt.
"The body has been buried within the 6-by-6 feet dug up space within the Rudrakshi Mantap, with regarding 1,000kg of sacred ash, 900kg of salt, 50kg of stream sand and one sack of herbal (Bilva) leaves," a Mutt's official told reporters.
Junior seer Siddalinga swami of the 600-year-old mutt performed the last rites, amid singing of the religious writing hymns and spiritual mantras of Shaivas by regarding 50 priests. About one hundred seers and swamis of varied Lingayat and Vokkaliga Mutts from across the state were present on the occasion on with thousands of the seer's devotees from everywhere the country.
As the temple premises couldn't accommodate over one hundred people within, the last rites, together with seer's burial, was beamed live on large screens erected in and around the mutt for viewing by thousands of individuals. State Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy handed over the tricolor the seer's body was draped with to Siddalinga before the last rites.
Baba Ramdev, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, state Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara, state Home Minister M.B. Patil, state BJP's unit President B.S. Yeddyurappa, and former Congress chief ministers Siddaramaiah and S.M. Krishna were among the many outstanding leaders present on the occasion.
Elaborate security arrangements were created around the mutt and regarding 3,000 police personnel were deployed within the city to ensure peaceful movement of people for the last glimpse of the seer and divert traffic from the mutt space. Defence Minister Nirmal Sitharaman flew to Tumakuru, regarding 70km northwest of Bengaluru, during a military helicopter from the state capital and paid her respects to the seer by laying a floral wreath on behalf of the President, Prime Minister and also the Union
Chants of "Swamiji ki Jai" and "Bharat Ratna beku" (we demand Bharat Ratna for Swami) by many devotees and students of the Mutt's faculties rent the air.)