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Shivakumara Swamiji Jayanti

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    3rd Apr, 2021


PM Modi paid tribute to Shivakumara Swamiji, a prominent Lingayat scholar, educator, and spiritual leader on his birth anniversary.

About ShivakumaraSwamiji

  • ShivakumaraSwamiji was known as ‘Nadedaaduva Devaru or Walking God’ among his followers
  • He was considered as the incarnation of Basavanna who was the 12th-century social reformer, as he accepted everyone irrespective of their religion or caste.
  • The Swamiji had founded around 132 institutions for education and training purposes.
  • His triple sacraments or ''Trividha Daasoha'' included - food, shelter, and education
  • He was also awarded by Padma Bhushan in 2015.


  • Lingayatism is a Shaivite Hindu religious tradition and considered a Hindu sect asits beliefs include many Hindu elements.
    • Some Lingayats recently demanding legal recognition as a religion distinct from Hinduism and Veerashaivas
  • It was initially known as Veerashaivas and since the 12th-century followers of this faith are known as Lingayats.
  • Lingayatism was founded by the 12th-century philosopher Basava in Karnataka.
    • Contemporary Lingayatism is very influential in South India, especially in the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • Lingayatism rejects any form of social discrimination based on religion and including the caste system.