Karnataka

All set for Sharanabasaveshwar Temple jatra-car festival today

The Sharanabasaveshwar Temple is all spruced up for the famous car festival tocommemorate the 194th death anniversary of Sri Sharanabasaveshwarain Kalaburagi on Monday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI

The Sharanabasaveshwar Temple is all spruced up for the famous car festival tocommemorate the 194th death anniversary of Sri Sharanabasaveshwarain Kalaburagi on Monday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI  

It is to commemorate the 194th death anniversary of the saint-social reformer

The famous Sharanabasaveshwar Temple in the historic city of Kalaburagi is all spruced up to witness the annual jatra and car festival on Monday to commemorate the 194th death anniversary of the saint and social reformer Saint Sharanabasaveshwara, an embodiment of sacrifice, who spread the message of communal amity among people.

People from across the country and abroad cutting across communal lines will converge on the sprawling temple complex to witness the historic car festival and the ascension of the holy order (Peetharohana) of the eighth Peetathipathi of Sharanabasaveshwar Samasthan Poojya Dr. Sharnabasavappa Appa.

On the occasion, the people will also have a glimpse of the silver plate (Prasada Battala) used by the saint.

The Prasada Battala, which is displayed once in a year during the car festival, would be shown to the devotees by Dr. Appa at the beginning of the car festival.

Along with the Prasada Battala, the devotees will get a chance to have a look at the Linga Sajjike (the cover used for keeping the Linga) made in Sandalwood and used by Sharanabasaveshwara.

The mortal remains of the social reformer (Sharanabasaveshwara) are enshrined in the temple and unlike in other temples, there is no hundi for people to offer money or gold.

But people, particularly farmers from the region, continue the practice of donating a portion of their harvest to the temple for providing free food to pilgrims visiting the temple.

The selfless service of Sharanabasaveshwara during the worst-ever famine in the region which claimed scores of lives transformed him from an ordinary soul to a saint. The saint gave a new meaning to the culture of Dasoha (mass feeding) during the famine.

He used to visit houses of the rich and affluent and collect foodgrains to feed the poor in the gruel centres.

The temple is a symbol of communal amity creating a permanent bondage between the Hindus and the Muslims. It was also a source of inspiration to freedom fighters during the Independence struggle and also during the historic armed struggle against the oppressive rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad. When the temple was attacked by fundamentalists in 1921, Mahatma Gandhi, who was in Belgaum (Belagavi) to participate in the AICC session, came down to Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) to visit the temple.

Prominent among those who will witness the car festival include the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Shivaraj Patil.

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