Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Masimadu, a village in Bhalki taluk of Bidar, believed to be the birthplace of the little-known Maharishi Vignaneshwara, who gave us “Mitakshara”, the basis for the Hindu Law, needs further excavation to throw more light on the life of Vignaneshwara at the village.

Vignaneshwara’s Mitakshara deals with all aspects of disputes that could arise in a Hindu joint family over property rights and succession, and is accepted by society and the Indian legal fraternity even today.

Senior officials, on condition of anonymity, said that there was a difference of opinion among experts on the birth place of Vignaneshwara.

Some were of the opinion that Vignaneshwara was born near Mysore and not at Masimadu.

They said since there is a centre for studies on Vignaneshwara’s Mitakshara Law and Human Rights under the department of Law in Gulbarga University, officials could write to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to take up excavation works at the village.

Baburao Biradar, chairman of the School Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC) of the Government Composite High school at Masimadu, told The Hindu on Thursday that the excavation of the sites could definitely throw more light on Vignaneshwara and his association with Masimadu village.

Residents’ views

Mr. Biradar said generations in the village had heard that Vignaneshwara was born here though not much information was available to them.

Probably inscriptions, if unearthed, would reveal facts about Vignaneshwara’s association with Masimadu.

Madavrao Shyamrao Biradar said he had been told by a religious leader that Masilinga temple was located underneath his fields in the village.