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Shivakumara Swamiji's Last Rites: Devotees Pay Homage to 'Walking God'

India | News18 | January 22, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 The body of Hindu spiritual leader Shivakumara Swamiji is displayed for mourners to pay their respects in Tumkur. Swamiji, a noted spiritual leader and humanitarian passed away on January 21 after a prolonged illness. He was 111. (Image: AP)

The body of Hindu spiritual leader Shivakumara Swamiji is displayed for mourners to pay their respects in Tumkur. Swamiji, a noted spiritual leader and humanitarian passed away on January 21 after a prolonged illness. He was 111. (Image: AP)

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 Police personnel manage the crowd as the mortal remains of 111-year-old pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt Shivakumara Swamiji are being taken for final rites at Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakaru. (Image: PTI)

Police personnel manage the crowd as the mortal remains of 111-year-old pontiff of the Siddaganga Mutt Shivakumara Swamiji are being taken for final rites at Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakaru. (Image: PTI)

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 HD Kumaraswamy and other leaders pay their last respects to Shivakumara Swamiji.

HD Kumaraswamy and other leaders pay their last respects to Shivakumara Swamiji.

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 Devotees carry the body of Hindu spiritual leader Shivakumara Swamiji before being placed for public viewing in Tumkur. (Image: AP)

Devotees carry the body of Hindu spiritual leader Shivakumara Swamiji before being placed for public viewing in Tumkur. (Image: AP)

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 People gather to pay their last respects to Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swamiji.

People gather to pay their last respects to Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swamiji.

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 Devotees carry the body of Shivakumara Swamiji, popularly known as the

Devotees carry the body of Shivakumara Swamiji, popularly known as the "walking god" in Tumkur. (Image: Reuters)

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 Devotees carry the body of Shivakumara Swamiji in Tumkur. (Image: Reuters)

Devotees carry the body of Shivakumara Swamiji in Tumkur. (Image: Reuters)

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 Shivakumara Swamy, popularly known as the ‘Walking God of Siddaganga Mutt’, passes away at the age of 111 on Jan 21, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Shivakumara Swamy, popularly known as the ‘Walking God of Siddaganga Mutt’, passes away at the age of 111 on Jan 21, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 A remarkable personality, he stood out among thousands of small and big religious leaders in Karnataka. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A remarkable personality, he stood out among thousands of small and big religious leaders in Karnataka. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 He 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)

He 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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 He took charge of once-small Mutt Siddaganga at Tumkur, 70 km from Bengaluru in 1941. He became a sanyasi in 1930. (Image: Special Arrangement)

He took charge of once-small Mutt Siddaganga at Tumkur, 70 km from Bengaluru in 1941. He became a sanyasi in 1930. (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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 KGF actor Yash with Shivakumara Swamy. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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

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

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

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