Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha jointly with Veerashaiva Okkuta celebrated Basava Jayanti in a meaningful manner.
Siddeshwara Swamy delivering a discourse marking the birth anniversary of the 12th-century social reformer, poet, philosopher and statesman Basavanna, here on Tuesday, urged people to celebrate the works of all great reformers irrespective of their caste and religion.
Basavanna fought against caste system and created awareness through his poetry the Vachanas. Nearly 900 years ago, he heralded several social reforms in Karnataka which hold relevanceand are followed to his day. The philosophy and teachings of Basavanna has universal appeal and espouses eternal values. He is a universal leader, the seer added.
Further he said that the teachings of Basavanna was relevant today than ever be¬fore as people continue to be divided and oppressed on the basis of caste. The `Mahamane’ concept which had no space for gender discrimination, and no caste supremacy during the Basavanna’s reign, should be re-introduced in the society.
“Basavanna is a humanitarian. His vachanas teach us life lessons,” the seer noted.
The much celebrated actor, choreographer and director Prabhudeva cherished all the love and attention show¬ered on him and said that he was privileged to come to Mysuru and attend the Basa¬va Jayanti celebrations. My parents hail from a village near Mysuru.
“I always have a deep connection with this city. The film industry has brought me name, fame and money. However, I want to broaden my vision about the society,” he added.
On the occasion Mahadevamma, mother of Prabhude¬va was felicitated to mark the Mother’s Day.
Nataraja Swamy of Gavadagere Mutt, Hinakal Ba-savaraju and others were present.