Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah writes to PM Modi to confer Bharat Ratna on seer

Published: Jan 25, 2018, 19:17 IST | PTI

In a letter to Modi, Siddaramaiah urged him to confer the nation's highest civilian award on a revered swamiji

SiddaramaiahKarnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer Bharat Ratna on Sivakumara Swamiji of the Shree Siddaganga Mutt.

Referring to the achievements of the centenarian Swamiji, Siddaramaiah said, his service to the people deserves recognition at the highest level through the award of Bharat Ratna.

In a letter to Modi, Siddaramaiah urged him to confer the nation's highest civilian award on the revered swamiji, "who is referred to as 'the Walking God' by legions of his devotees and admirers." The swami has been at the helm of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru since 1941. He is revered by the numerically and politically strong Lingayat community, as also others, for his social service spanning several decades.

Born in April 1908, he continues to guide the Mutt, which has been doing exemplary service to the community at large, the poor in particular, without any discrimination of religion or caste, Siddaramaiah said.

Shree Siddaganga Education Society, set up by him, has established more than 130 educational institutions, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas, the chief minister said. The institutions are providing education ranging from Sanskrit studies to engineering and technology.

The Mutt also hosts more than 9000 children who are provided free food, shelter and education. Noting that the Swamiji has rendered remarkable service to society for over seven decades through philanthropy, education and spiritual activities, Siddaramaiah said he has dedicated his life, with selfless devotion, to the betterment of humanity.

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