Shivakumara Swamiji, the 111-year-old revered seer had been on life support for the last 15 days after his condition deteriorated on Monday.
Karnataka’s revered seer Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru, breathed his last on Monday. The 111-year-old was in a critical condition for the last 15 days.
The last rites will be performed at 4. 30 pm on Tuesday.
The Government of Karnataka, meanwhile, has declared three-day State mourning due the seer’s death.
Known among his followers as a “walking god” and an incarnation of the 12th century social reformer Basava, the Lingayat seer also heads the Sree Siddaganga Education Society, which runs about 125 educational institutions in the state – from engineering colleges to business schools.
Many of the institutions offer free education and boarding facilities to poor students.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy visited the Mutt to enquire about Swami’s health earlier. BS Yeddyurappa, MB Patil, KJ George and Sadananda Gowda were also present.
The Swami, who is said to be one of the oldest persons living in India, was suffering from lung infection for few weeks.
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Last week, Kumaraswamy had demanded the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, for the seer as recognition of his service to the society.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted last week: “His Holiness Shivakumara Swami is a remarkable personality and has positively impacted crores of lives through his outstanding service. The entire nation is praying for his speedy recovery and good health.”