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From PM Modi to Rahul Gandhi - political leaders mourn demise of Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami

A Recipient Of Padma Bhushan And Karnataka Ratna Awards, The Seer Was The Oldest Person Living In India.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 21 Jan 2019, 09:23:13 PM
From PM Modi to Rahul Gandhi - political leaders mourn demise of Shivakumara Swami (File Photo)

New Delhi:

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, political leaders from across party lines condoled the demise of 111-year-old Shivakumara Swami, the prominent Lingayat seer from Siddaganga mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru. Shivakumara, popularly known as Nadedaduva Devaru or ‘the Walking God’, on Monday died after being on ventilator support for two weeks. He was one of the most highly revered leaders of Lingayats, the largest community of Karnataka.

Shivakumara, born on 1 April 1907 in Veerapura near Magadi Taluk, Ramanagara District was also a humanitarian and educationist. He founded the Sri Siddaganga Education Society and was described as the most esteemed adherent of Lingayatism. He was initiated into the Viraktashram Order in 1930.

Talking about his educational qualification, he studied English and was also proficient in Kannada and Sanskrit. Apart from Sri Siddaganga Education Society, he established several other educational institutions which offer courses in traditional learning of Sanskrit as well as modern science and technology. He is widely respected for his philanthropic work by all communities.

In recognition of his humanitarian work, the Swami was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Karnataka University in 1965. The Karnataka government and many people also sought for Bharat Ratna for his social service. A recipient of Padma Bhushan and Karnataka Ratna awards, the seer was the oldest person living in India.

Here is how political leaders mourn the demise of Shivakumara Swami:

Narendra Modi:

Rahul Gandhi:

Venkaiah Naidu:

Pranab Mukherjee:

HD Kumaraswamy:

Mahesh Sharma:

Suresh Prabhu:

Amit Shah:

Ram Nath Kovind:

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First Published : 21 Jan 2019, 05:02:23 PM