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Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old seer of Siddaganga Mutt, passed away on Monday at the Mutt in Tumakuru.
He had undergone liver bypass surgery at Rela Institute in Chennai on December 8 and was on ventilation support until recently, was brought back to the mutt on January 16.
He was being treated for a lung infection which he developed after undergoing a liver bypass.
Final rites of Siddaganga Seer will be conducted with full state honors On Tuesday at 4.30 PM.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy declared a holiday for schools and colleges today and tomorrow.
Shivakumara Swamiji rightly eulogized as 'Walking God' in contemporary India, he was highly venerated not only in Karnataka for his service to humanity but also well-known in the country.
Swamiji was head of Sree Siddaganga Matt which has recorded a history of 600 years and provided education to many people in Tumkur city located at a distance of 63 Km from Bangalore.
Deputy chief minister G. Parameshwara described him as "modern-day Basavanna". He also appealed to the Centre to confer Bharata Ratna on the departed seer. BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa described his death as a great loss to the community and beyond.
Many prominent politicians, including Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Patil, are at the mutt. The Head of Adichunchungiri mutt, Nirmalananda Swami, also arrived at the mutt at midday.
Home Minister M.B. Patil described him as a true follower of 12th-century reformer Basaveshwara.
Politicians took to their Twitter accounts to pay their tributes.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2019
Prayers and solidarity with his countless devotees spread all across the world. pic.twitter.com/AqgOLgqTrn
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
Deeply pained by the demise of respected Lingayat seer of Siddaganga mutt, Sri Shivakumara Swamiji. Swamiji inspired people to serve the society and bring positive change. His focus on spreading education & learning transformed many lives. His demise is a great loss for society.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 21, 2019