Shivakumara Swamiji (born 1 April 1907 – 21 January 2019) was an Indian spiritual leader, humanitarian and educationist. He was born in okkaliga caste and after he takes lingayat deekshe He was a Lingayat religious figure and head of the Siddaganga Matha in Karnataka. He also founded the Sri Siddaganga Education Society. He was described as the most esteemed adherent of Lingayatism. He was also referred to as Nadedaaduva Devaru (walking God) in the state.
Shivakumar swamiji one of great person now he is not with us yesterday he passed away in Tumakuru at 11.44 am on Monday following ill health. He was 111 years old. Shivakumara Swamiji was being treated for lung infection and other age-related ailments for the last few months and was on ventilator for the last o for the last one week on and off.
Shivakumara was born on 1 April 1907 in Veerapura, a village near Magadi in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore (present-day Ramanagara district of Karnataka state). Named Shivanna by birth, he was the youngest of thirteen children of Gangamma and Honnegowda. He lost his mother when he was eight. As a child, he accompanied his parents to religious centres around the village and frequented Shivagange in particular.
He completed his elementary education in Veerapura Koolimath and a middle school in Nagavalli, a village in present-day Tumkur district. He passed his matriculation in 1926. He was also a resident-student at the Siddaganga Math for a brief span during this time. He completed the pre-university course in Central College of Bangalore, before earning a bachelor’s degree in arts in 1930 with Physics and Mathematics as optional subjects. He was proficient in Kannada, Sanskrit and English languages.
After losing his friend and the heir to head the Siddaganga Math, Sri Marularadhya, in January that year, the Swami was chosen in his place by the incumbent pontiff Uddana Shivayogi. The Swami entered the viraktashram (the monks’ order) on 3 March 1930 upon formal initiation.
He founded a total of 132 institutions for education and training, that range from nursery to colleges for engineering, science, arts and management as well as vocational training. He established educational institutions which offer courses in traditional learning of Sanskrit as well as modern science and technology. He was widely respected by all communities for his philanthropic work.
Swami’s Guru Kula houses more than 10,000 children from ages 5 to 16 years at any point in time and is open to children from all religions, castes, and creeds that are provided free food, education, and shelter (Trivida Dasohi). The pilgrims and visitors to the mutt also receive free meals. Under the pontiff’s guidance, an annual agricultural fair is held for the benefit of the local population. The Government of Karnataka announced the institution of Shivakumara Swamiji Prashasti from 2007, the centennial anniversary of Swamiji. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, visited him at Tumkur and praised the initiatives of Swami in education and humanitarian work.