108th birthday of Siddaganga mutt Seer celebrated

Leader of Opposition, Jagadish Shettar along with the seer of Siddaganga mutt, Dr. Shivakumara Swami.  

The 108th birthday of the Seer of Siddaganga mutt, Dr. Shivakumara Swami was celebrated on the premises of the mutt here on Wednesday.

The seer who has contributed to the field of education is also spreading the principles of the 12th century social reformer, Basavanna and has followers across various castes and religion.

The seer who is venerated as “Nadedaduva Devaru”(walking God) is currently providing free food, education and shelter to thousands of students irrespective of their castes and religions.

Dr. Shivakumara Swami was awareded Padma Bhushan award in January, 2015.

About Dr. Shivakumara Swami

Date of Birth : April 1st, 1907.

Father : Honnappa

Mother : Gangamma

Place of birth : Veerapura in Magadi taluk in Ramanagara district.

Before becoming the seer he was named as Shivanna.

He completed his primary education and matriculation in Tumakuru and then joined Central college in Bengaluru with Physics and Mathematics as optional subjects.But he could not complete his graduation as he was made the successor of Uddana Shivayogi Swami in 1930.

Dr. Shivakumara Swami was initiated to Viraktha ashrama in 1930.

The strength of the Gurukula was just 200 when Shivakumara Swami assumed the full responsibility of the mutt in 1941. Realizing his huge responsibility, Swami set on his foot with his ‘Joilige’ to the villages to collect food grains, vegetables from the people to feed the hungry stomachs of the mutt.

With his untiring efforts, now, more than 10,000 students are given free food, accommodation and education irrespective of religion, caste in the mutt. Apart from the students, pilgrims and visitors are served free food in the mutt.

Founder of Educational Institutions:

He is the founder of 132 institutions ranging from nursery to the Institutions of Technology, Pure Science, Arts and Management Science, Institutions of vocational training.

Many leaders from all the parties including, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Chief Minister S. Nijalingappa, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Presidents Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Azad and Prathibha Devi Singh Patil, President of All India Congress Committee Sonia Gandhi, Vice-president of AICC Rahul Gandhi, grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi Sumithra Gandhi have visited Siddaganga mutt.

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