Bengaluru, Jan 21: Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru on Monday passed away at the age of 111.
Karnataka Chief Minsiter HD Kumaraswamy said “Siddaganga Math seer Sri Shivakumara Swamiji passed away at 11.44 am today”.
The cremation will be done on 22nd January at 4.30 pm.
The State government declared a three-day state mourning and one day holiday for all schools, colleges and government offices on the demise of Siddaganga Math seer
Known among his followers as a “walking god” and an incarnation of the 12th century social reformer Basava, the Lingayat seer also heads the Sree Siddaganga Education Society, which runs around 125 educational institutions in the state – from engineering colleges to business schools.
Many of the institutions offer free education and boarding facilities to poor students.
The Swami, who is said to be one of the oldest persons living in India, had been suffering from a lung infection for the last few weeks.
He has been in and out of hospitals over the last few years due to old age related problems.
Born on April 1,