Shivakumara Swami's last rites performed with full state honours, thousands gather to pay tribute to Lingayat seer [Photos]
Among prominent people who paid their last respects to Shivakumara Swamiji were former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who attended the ceremony on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Lakhs of people bid adieu to their "Walking God", as the mortal remains of 111-year-old Sree Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga mutt, was laid to rest on Tuesday with full state honours at the premises of the seminary he headed for over seven decades. PTI
Known as '<em>trivida dasohi'</em> for his triple sacraments among his followers, the <em>swamiji</em>, who passed away on Monday, was buried in a sitting posture at the Samadhi with cakes of <em>viboothi</em> (sacred ash), salt, sand, bilva leaves (Aegle marmelos) and <em>rudrakshi</em>, among other things. PTI
Among those present at the burial ceremony were chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and BS Yeddyurappa, Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, state Home Minister MB Patil,along with pontiffs of various prominent mutts in the state. Twitter/@CMofKarnataka
Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who attended the ceremony on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also paid their last respects to the revere seer in Tumkur on Tuesday. Twitter/@DefenceMinIndia