Staff Correspondent

Bijapur: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will inaugurate the Basava Smaraka Bhavan at Basavan Bagewadi here on Sunday. The house where the 12 {+t} {+h} century social reformer Basaveshwara was born has been converted and refurbished.

In response to the long-pending demand by people to protect the house where Basaveshwara was born, the Kannada and Culture Department acquired seven houses and three sites in 2004 and handed over the same to the Kudala Sangam Development Authority (KSDA) to develop the bhavan.

There is an office, a library with a seating capacity of 250 and a conference hall on the ground floor of the 90-m tall bhavan. On the first floor there is a gallery displaying paintings, statues and artworks depicting important incidents in Basavanna's life.

The gallery is built in the Indo-Saracenic style and has artworks showing Basaveshwara's mother Madalambike worshipping Nandi, Basaveshwara rejecting upanayana, his journey from Basavan Bagewadi to Kudala Sangam, Basaveshwara writing on palm leaf, and the social reformer bidding adieu to his maternal uncle before leaving Mangalawedha. The bhavan has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore.

A total of 52 seers, including Shivkumarswami of Siddaganga Math, will be present. District in-charge Minister Murugesh Nirani will inaugurate the library and Minor Irrigation Minister Govind Karjol will inaugurate Basava Teertha Udhyanavana. Basavan Bagewadi MLA S.K. Bellubbi will preside over the function.

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