“Basavanna was a visionary of his time who propagated secularism in society through his psalms,” said Bruhanmathadhyaksha of Malai Mahadeshwara hill Sri Guruswamy on Tuesday.
He was speaking at the birth anniversary of Basavanna, the great social reformer organised by Federation of Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha, Kollegal jointly with Basava Vokkuta at MGSV College auditorium. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of Basavanna by dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering he said that the compositions of Basavanna who lived in the 12th century are still prevalent even now with a message to reform society. “The compositions of visionary Basavanna, who was born in a Hindu family but strived for a secular society, have to be popularised among the people, in order for them to lead better lives,” added Sri Guruswamy. He was not only a social reformer but his writings have thrown light upon religion, Rajaneethi, literature, culture and in eradicating untouchability. Today, many leaders from the community are misusing the name of Basavanna to meet their selfish needs.
Earlier in the morning a bike rally carrying the portrait of Basavanna accompanied by veeragase, Pooja Kunitha, Bhajana Mela was taken out in main streets of the Taluk and concluded at MGSV college auditorium where the formal function was scheduled.
Block Congress President Totesh, President City Muncipal Council Mallikarjun, leaders Veeramadhu, Thimmarajipura, Puttanna and others were present.