Dr Shivkumara Swamy, the seer who headed the Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru, has passed away at the age of 111 after weeks of treatment.
Shivkumara had been unwell for a while and had been on life support for the past two weeks.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has announced three-day mourning for the demise of the seer. Schools Colleges and Government offices will be closed on Tuesday as a mark of respect for Shivakumara.
Shivakumara Swamy was often referred to as “the walking god.”Top Political leaders including PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi have expressed their grief over the demise of Swamiji.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a moving tribute. “His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu lived for the people, especially the poor and vulnerable. He devoted himself towards alleviating ills like poverty, hunger and social injustice. Prayers and solidarity with his countless devotees spread all across the world,” he tweeted. Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the seer’s passing had left a “deep spiritual void”.
I have had the privilege to visit the Sree Siddaganga Mutt and receive the blessings of His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamigalu.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2019
The wide range of community service initiatives being done there are outstanding and are at an unimaginably large scale. pic.twitter.com/wsmRp2cERd
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also expressed his grief over the death of Shivakumara Swamy
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Shivakumar Swami Ji, Pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt. Swami Ji was respected & revered by millions of Indians, from all religions & communities. His passing leaves behind a deep spiritual void. My condolences to all his followers.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 21, 2019
High security arrangements have been done for the people who gathered around the mutt and for the devotees who travelled Tumakur just to have a last glimpse of their spiritual leader.
Shivakumara Swamy was one of the most respected religious and social practitioners of the Lingayat-Veerashaiva faith of Lingayatism.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and both the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and BS Yeddyurappa has said that the seer should be awarded with the Bharat Ratana, the country’s highest civilian award.
A team of specialists from Bengaluru had been treating him for days and he was also briefly taken to Chennai before being brought back to the mutt. A special ‘yagna’ was organised at the mutt and other places in the state to pray for his recovery.
As the founder of the Sri Siddaganga Education Society, he helped thousands access education. He also had an honorary doctorate in literature.