March 31, 2023
  • The Prime Minister of India paid tribute toJagadguru Basaveshwara on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi.
  • In November 2015, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated thestatue of Basaveshwara along the bank of the river Thames at Lambeth in London.
 About:
  • He was an Indian 12th-century Philosopher, Statesman and a social reformer.
  • He was Lingayat saintin the Shiva-focussed Bhakti movement, and Hindu Shaivite social reformer during the reign of the Kalyani Chalukya/Kalachuri dynasty.
  • The Lingayats are a Hindu sect with a wide following in southern India that worships Shiva as the only deity.
  • He is also known as Bhakti Bhandari (literally, the treasurer of devotion), or Basaveswara (Lord Basava).
Contribution:
  • Basavanna spread social awareness through his poetry known as
  • Several important Lingayat works are credited to Basavanna, including Vachana such as the Shat-sthala-vachana, Kala-jnana-vachana, Mantra-gopya, Ghatna Chakra-vachana and Raja-yoga-vachana.
  • Basavanna, like Gautama Buddha,taught people how to live happily in a rational social order which later came to be known as the Sharana movement.
  • The Sharana movement attracted people from all castes, and like most strands of the Bhakti movement, produced a corpus of literature, the vachanas, that unveiled the spiritual universe of the Veerashaiva saints.
  • Basava fought against the inhuman practice of the caste system, which discriminated against people based on their birth.
  • The Anubhava Mantapaestablished by Basava laid down the foundation of social democracy.
  • Basava believed that man becomes great not by his birth but byhis conduct in the society.
  • He taught the dignity of manual labour by insisting on work as worship.
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