Shivakumara Swamiji, who was known as the ‘Walking God’, is remembered for his noble thoughts and ideas that have deeply inspired many. The birth anniversary of the divine guru is celebrated every year on 1st April by his devotees. Shivakumara Swami was a noted religious figure and humanitarian who headed the Siddhaganga Mutt in Tumakuru. He passed away on January 21, 2019.
Earlier, the Siddhaganga Mutt had planned for a grand celebration in the memory of Shivakumara Swamiji, however, the rising Covid cases in Tumkur had forced the management to celebrate the occasion more watchfully.
“We will celebrate the occasion very simple in the temple on April 1. The devotees are also allowed to visit the mutt but they should follow the Covid protocols in the premises and wear a mask,” said a Siddhaganga Mutt official.
Remembering the Maha Guru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to the Swamiji, on his birth anniversary.
“I bow to His Holiness Dr Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti. His innumerable efforts to serve society and care for the poor are widely remembered. We are deeply inspired by his noble thoughts and ideals,” Modi tweeted.
I bow to His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu on his Jayanti. His innumerable efforts to serve society and care for the poor are widely remembered. We are deeply inspired by his noble thoughts and ideals. pic.twitter.com/m3tV461wR3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 1, 2021
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also tweeted giving tributes to the Swamiji and said, “his life itself is a message, the path he walked is a path of achievement. Let his grace on the state, continue forever.”
ತ್ರಿವಿಧ ದಾಸೋಹಿ, ಲಿಂಗೈಕ್ಯ ಪರಮಪೂಜ್ಯ ಡಾ.ಶಿವಕುಮಾರ ಮಹಾಸ್ವಾಮೀಜಿಗಳ ಜಯಂತಿಯಂದು, ಭಕ್ತರ ಪಾಲಿಗೆ ’ನಡೆದಾಡುವ ದೇವರು’ ಎನಿಸಿದ್ದ ಸಿದ್ದಗಂಗೆಯ ಆ ಯುಗಪುರುಷ ಸಾಧಕರಿಗೆ ಅನಂತಾನಂತ ಪ್ರಣಾಮಗಳು. ಅವರ ಜೀವನವೇ ಅವರ ಸಂದೇಶ, ಅವರು ನಡೆದ ದಾರಿಯೇ ಸಾಧನಾಪಥ, ಅವರ ಕರುಣೆ, ಅನುಗ್ರಹಗಳು ನಾಡಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ಸದಾ ಇರಲಿ. pic.twitter.com/FNhIpigDOi
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) April 1, 2021
The maha guru
The maha guru was born on April 1, 1907, in Veerapura village of Ramanagara. The Lingayat religious leader was well known for his charitable activities. Well known for his social work, he was honoured with the third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, in 2015 and the Karnataka Ratna in 2007. Moreover, he was also presented with a privileged degree of Doctor of Literature by Karnataka University in the year 1965.
The seer was also the head of Sree Siddaganga Education Society which operates nearly 125 educational institutions in Karnataka. Swamiji’s work over the decades helped the Mutt administration to expand the number of educational institutions to around 130 spread over different parts of the state.