131 villages will be covered along the route
TUMKUR: As many as 101 Veerashaiva seers set off on a padayatra from Jayadeva Murugharajendra Vidyarthinilaya here in the early hours of Monday.
Basava Mahalinga Swamy of the Basava Kendra is the leader of the group. Members of Tumkur Zilla Sharana Sahitya Parishat, led by its president D.N. Yogeesh; those of Basava Mahila Kendra, led by Shivalingamma; its president and the activists of Bhagat Sene, led by N.D.Pratap; its convener, all together about a thousand persons, followed the seers.
Religious fervour marked the beginning of the padayatra. Hundreds of devotees gathered at the Vidyarthinilaya ground to see them off. Several of them garlanded the seers and showered flower petals on them.
Sri Basava Mahalinga Swamy said that in the past Siddalingeswara conducted “Eka ratri panchayata padayatras” with his 101 “shishyas” across villages in south India and promoted “dharma”. He said the Basava Kendra had been enacting the mission every year since the last four years.
He said the fifth padayatra would reach Yediyur, the shrine of Siddalingeswara on the Mahashivaratri festival day. A dharma sabha would be organised at the Rambhapuri Khasa Shakha Math in Yediyur on Wednesday evening to mark the culmination of the padayatra.
Giving the details, Dr. Yogeesh said the seers would walk through Gulur, Nagavalli, Ballagere, Bhaktarahalli, Kothagere and Kunigal, before arriving at Yediyur.
He said religious discourses would be conducted en route at Poorna Pragna School compound (Nagavalli), Nehru School ground (Ballagere), Mallikarjuna temple hall (Hebbur), primary school grounds (Bhaktarahalli and Kothagere), and Veerashaiva Seva Samaja premises (Kunigal).
The Veerashaiva seers would be engaged day and night in walking and giving discourses for the next 48 hours, he added.
G.S. Somashekar, Bhoomi Balaga president, who is providing the infrastructure for the venture, said: “The objective is to recreate Sage Siddalingeswara’s tours on foot, and as well as to propagate the teachings of Basavanna and sharanas of the 12th century. He said in all, 131 villages would be covered along the route.