Last rites to be performed today
Tumkuru: Revered Lingayat seer of Siddaganga Math, 111-year old Shivakumara Swamiji, better known as the ‘Walking God’, died Monday after a prolonged illness.
“The seer left for the heavenly abode leaving his mortal body at 11.44 am,” announced the Siddaganga Education Society founded by the seer.
The highly revered swamiji was born on April 1, 1908 in Veerapura village in Karnataka on April 1, 1907.
“I am deeply saddened to announce that the walking God, Parama Poojya Siddaganga Sri, has passed away. It is an irreparable loss to the state. His contribution to the society transformed lakhs of people from across the state.
He shaped the future of many people,” Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy told reporters in Tumakuru, where the seer passed away.
The Karnataka government has announced a three day mourning for the departed soul and also a public holiday on Tuesday.
A recipient of Padma Bhushan and Karnataka Ratna awards, the seer was in a serious condition for the past two months and had undergone a surgery at a private hospital in Chennai about two months ago for his liver related complications.
The swamiji showed signs of improvement but his conditionsuddenly deteriorated in the past few days.