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Remembering Swamy Shivakumara, a True Seer

Indian spiritual leader, educationist, humanitarian, head of Siddaganga Mutt, Swamy Shivakumara died at the age of 111 on Monday, January 21, 2019. We remember the extra ordinary life he lived.

“Do not steal, do not kill, do not speak a lie, do not bow to anyone, do not feel disgust for others, do not indulge in self-praise, do not humiliate anyone. This inner purity is your outward purity. This is the way to win the Lord Kudalasangama.” – Shri Swamy Shivakumara.

Swamy Shivakumara, the seer of Siddaganga Mutt died at the age of 111 on Monday after multiple health problems. He was hailed as the “Walking God of Karnataka”.

Swamy Shivakumara | Photo: facebook

A recipient of Padma Bhushan and Karnataka Ratna awards, he ran several educational institutions for kids aged between five years to 16 years. Together, these institutes educated over 9,000 children for free.

He also started Siddaganga Institute of technology in ( 1963) in where 30,000 students are studying.

He broke the caste and religion divide by providing food and accommodation to over 3,000 pilgrims every day.

Swamyji with Late APJ Abdul Kalam(left). | Photo: KNM, Wikimedia Commons

Born on April 1, 1907, in Veerapura Village, Magadi, Swamyji chose the path of “Trividha Dasoha”, which means free food, education, and shelter to empower the people. He was also a true believer and follower of Basavanna, a social reformer of the 12th century

He became the head pontiff of the mutt in 1941 after Guru Sree Sree Uddana Shuvayogi Swamyji. True to his work, Swamyji used to work for 18 hours a day.

He had been battling for life since last few weeks and was hospitalised. Due to multiple health conflicts, he last breathed on Monday by 11: 44 a.m. Karnataka declares 3-day mourning for the loss.

As a perfect tribute to Swamyji’s ideologies, the residents of Tumkur came together to feed lakhs of devotees who had arrived in the city.

Although the SIddaganga Mutt had made arrangements to feed the devotees, it wasn’t enough. This is when the residents decided to set up tents in different parts of the city to feed all the devotees who had come to the city to catch one last glimpse of their beloved Swamyji.

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