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End Of An Era: Siddaganga Mutt Seer Shivakumara Swamy Passes Away, Politicians Pay Tribute

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| January 21 , 2019 , 15:49 IST

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.

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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.