Siddarama Sharanaru of Beladal Math has demanded that the Maharashtra and Karnataka governments ban the recent edition of Raghavanka’s Siddarameshwar Charithe, which allegedly contains objectionable references to 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, saints Allama Prabhu, Channabasava, Akka Mahadevi and others.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he took exception to references made in the recent edition of the book, which was brought out by a publisher in Solapur, Maharashtra.

The book has been published with support from the Pancha Peetha Jagadgurus.

The seer said the original book penned by Poet Raghavanka on Siddarameshwar Charithe did not have these objectionable portions. But they have been included in the recent edition, with a motive to belittle the contribution of the 12th century social reformers, he said.

The Basava Kendra has proposed to begin legal proceedings against the publisher. They demanded ban on the sale of the book.

Seer of Beladal Math has alleged that the book contains objectionable references to Basaveshwara and other saints