“The Veerashaiva Mutts have been giving shelter to people from all communities and religions for the past several centuries,” opined former State DG & IGP Shankar Bidari.

He was speaking after receiving ‘Basavashri’ award at function organised by BEML Basava Samithi to mark Basava Jayanti and the Samithi’s 22nd anniversary at Nataraja Mandira in Khille Mohalla here on Sunday.

“The Veerashaiva Mutts provide shelter and food to the needy people from all castes and religions without any discrimination. The Mutts have been doing yeoman service to the society through Akshara Dasoha and Anna Dasoha,” he remarked and called for following Basavanna’s principles, thus becoming a model for the present and future generations.

Quoting Basavanna’s numerous sayings, Bidari said the Veerashaivas should bring honour to the community by doing their work with dignity and honesty.

Continuing, he said Basavanna treated people from all religions and communities with due respect. The Veerashaiva Mutts too have been doing the same all these years, providing shelter to the oppressed classes and others, he pointed out and suggested that the Veerashaivas taking cue from Basavanna’s principles, should lend a helping hand to others.

Regretting that several politicians and organisations have been missing the Veerashaiva religion for meeting their own ends, Bidari said he has entered politics to serve people from all walks of life.

Former BEML General Manager and Samithi’s Founder President C.P. Basavaraju was presented “Kayakashri” award. Winners of Vachana recitation, Vachana interpretation and other contests were given prizes.

Rajarajeshwarinagar’s Rajarajeshwari Akkana Balaga members presented a cultural programme. Litterateur Dr. Malali Vasanthkumar delivered a lecture on Vachana Sahitya.

Mummadi Shivarudra Swamiji of Maralegavimutt in Kanakapura Taluk and Sri Chidananda Swamiji of Hosamutt graced the occasion. Samithi Hon. President Umashankar N. Devappa, President B.S. Thandavamurthy and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore