Shri Shri Shri Dr. Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old swami of Sree Siddaganga Mutt, passed away on Monday at the Mutt in Tumakuru.
His body will be kept at the Mutt premisses till tomorrow to enable people to pay their last respects. The burial is expected to be held tomorrow evening. The Karnataka described public holiday on Tuesday. A holiday has been declared on Monday in Tumakuru as well.government has declared a three-day mourning and a statewide public holiday on Tuesday. A holiday has been declared on Monday in Tumakuru as well.
The death of the Swamiji, who had braved many medical procedures despite his advanced age, was announced by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Recalling his contribution as an educationist and a social reformer, the chief minister mourned the loss of the swami. "He provided free education with thousands of children from depressed classes," said H D. Kumaraswamy.
Deputy chief minister G. Parameshwara described him as "modern day Basavanna". He also appealed to the Central government to confer Bharata Ratna on the departed swami. BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa said that his death as a great loss to the community and beyond.
Home Minister M.B. Patil said that swami as a true follower of 12th century reformer Basaveshwara.
Popularly known as ‘Nadedaaduva Devaru’ (Walking God), Shivakumara Swami was initiated into Viraktha Ashrama in 1930. Before becoming the seer, he went by his name Shivanna, and was born on April 1, 1908 at Veerapura, Magadi taluk, Ramanagara district.
Many prominent politicians, including Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Patil, are at the mutt. The Head of Adichunchungiri mutt, Nirmalananda Swami, also arrived at the mutt at midday.
The 111-year-old seer of Siddaganga mutt, who has been on ventilation support until recently, was brought back to the mutt on January 16. He was being treated for a lung infection which he developed after undergoing a liver bypass.