Mysore, May 17 (KK&DM)- Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa disclosed here that a Basava Study Centre will be set up in Mysore University, for which the State Government will provide a special grant of Rs. 1 crore.

He was speaking at the Basava Jayanthi celebrations organised at the Gun House Circle here yesterday.

Basaveshwara was a great philosopher and was responsible for creating enlightenment amongst the masses. The MUDA will allot land for setting up the Centre, he said.

Continuing, Yeddyurappa said Basava philosophies were of great value to life apart from bringing peace to the mind. It is a matter of pride that such a great philosopher was born in the State, he explained.

Mysore has been considered the fourth best tourist destination in the world and was more recently recognised as the second cleanest city in the country, he observed and assured that Mysore district would be developed on Bangalore model.

Referring to the GP elections, the CM said a convention of newly elected GP members will be held on June 19, wherein the members will be apprised about rural administration and their tasks in implementing schemes.

NICE MD Ashok Kheny, who donated Rs. 60 lakh for Basaveshwara statue, in his address, observed that Basavanna was a great humanist who advocate equality. He was neither a naxalite nor a communist. Repeated reading of Basavanna's vachanas had helped in containing his anger besides bringing peace to his mind. A statue of Basaveshwara will be erected at Basavakalyan in Bidar district also like the one in Mysore, he said.

A museum of Basava philosophies and preachings will soon be set up at the building near Basavanna's statue here, he added.

Later MP H. Viswanath released Parvathamma Chandranna's book Chigurodeda Chintana following which the statue donor Ashok Kheny was feted.

Earlier, the CM unveiled Basaveshwara's statue erected at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore