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Celebrity Devotees of Lingayat Seer Shivakumara Swami

India | News18 | January 22, 2019, 12:22 pm
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 Shivakumara Swamiji, a noted spiritual leader and humanitarian passed away on January 21 after a prolonged illness. He was 111. Former prime ministers, actors and politicians – the fan following of 'Walking-god' Shivakumara Swami runs into several columns of who's who. Here's a look at his celebrity devotees. (Image: AP)

Shivakumara Swamiji, a noted spiritual leader and humanitarian passed away on January 21 after a prolonged illness. He was 111. Former prime ministers, actors and politicians – the fan following of 'Walking-god' Shivakumara Swami runs into several columns of who's who. Here's a look at his celebrity devotees. (Image: AP)

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 Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 PM Narendra Modi with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

PM Narendra Modi with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 HD Kumaraswamy with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

HD Kumaraswamy with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Kannada film industry's legendary star actor Rajkumar seeking Shivakumara Swamy's blessings. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Kannada film industry's legendary star actor Rajkumar seeking Shivakumara Swamy's blessings. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Shivakumara Swami was not just a religious leader of the Lingayats, but a social reformer who truly believed in the teachings of Basavanna, the founder of Lingayat religion or sect. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Shivakumara Swami was not just a religious leader of the Lingayats, but a social reformer who truly believed in the teachings of Basavanna, the founder of Lingayat religion or sect. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A well-educated man, Shivakumara Swamy was a firm believer in two of the most important tenets of Lingayat sect or religion — Shikshana (education) and Dasoha (mass feeding). (Image: Special Arrangement)

A well-educated man, Shivakumara Swamy was a firm believer in two of the most important tenets of Lingayat sect or religion — Shikshana (education) and Dasoha (mass feeding). (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 He converted a small Mutt into a huge educational institution over 50 years through his dedication and hard work. (Image: Special Arrangement)

He converted a small Mutt into a huge educational institution over 50 years through his dedication and hard work. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, and Chief Ministers used to visit him, seeking his advice. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, and Chief Ministers used to visit him, seeking his advice. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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(Image: Special Arrangement)

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 KGF actor Yash with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

KGF actor Yash with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 HD Deve Gowda with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

HD Deve Gowda with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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(Image: Special Arrangement)

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(Image: Special Arrangement)

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(Image: Special Arrangement)

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(Image: Special Arrangement)

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 BS Yeddyurappa with Shivakumara Swami. (Image: Special Arrangement)

BS Yeddyurappa with Shivakumara Swami. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Shivakumara Swami sharing dais with former president APJ Abdul Kalam. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Shivakumara Swami sharing dais with former president APJ Abdul Kalam. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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