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February 12, 2010

Auto Meters in Bangalore

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Traffic cops in Bangalore turn a blind eye to the auto wallahs.

I had to undergo such an incident recently, when I disembarked from my bus. Just outside were standing the Auto wallahs who were more than willing to take me on destination of around 6Km. But wait the rates that they told me were to the tune of Rs 200-250, nothing less than Rs.150.

I frantically looked around for a prepaid auto stand, but found none. Finally I found an auto.

Finally, when I got an auto, the meter was just jumping like hell, no proper incremental increase in rates. And mind you this was a digital meter.

January 1, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR2011

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June 2, 2010

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March 14, 2010

How the Innocent, Illiterate, Rural Woman Surekha is Being Victimised & Cheated By her Husband & Corruptive Police. A Real Story

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How the Innocent, Illiterate, Rural Woman

Surekha is Being Victimised & Cheated

How the Innocent, Illiterate,  Rural Woman

Surekha is Being Victimised & Cheated

By her Husband & Corruptive Police.

A Real Story

Surekha w/o Ravasab Soudi, resident of Dashal Village, Tq&dist. Bijapur, Karnataka, has been married since 10 years and staying with her husband at Tikota, a small town, 12kms from her village.

Ravasab Soudi, own brother of Surekha’s mother, has studied up to 10th std. was unemployed. Surekha’s parents, agri labourers, got her married to him and after marriage they also gave him their hard earned Rs. 1,00,000 help him to put a provision store at near by Tikota town and the shop is going well with small business.

Though Surekha is uneducated, she well at domestic affairs and very innocent girl with out knowledge of outside world confining herself within her home. She had suffered miscarriages two times.

In course of time her husband had illegal affairs with a neighboring vicinty girl who also used to come to meet Surekha and became a friend of her also. Innocent Surekha was not aware that she is being cheated by her husband and the girl who had developed into illegal extramarital affairs and both started roaming and romancing in near by Bijapur city.

Since last three years Surekha’s husband started urging her and her parents to permit him to marry the girl with who had an affair. Surekha, her parents and his parents strongly opposed and condemned his illicit act. However he started abusing and accusing Surekha that she is a barren and cannot give birth to his child, because of which he is going to marry the girl. This developed into many quarrels and disputes among themselves and extended to their families. All the nears and dears of him told him not to commit such mistake and be away from that girl, he also promised many a times that he would be away from the girl.

Meanwhile the other girl and her mother, not only started blackmailing Surekha’s husband and threatening him of dire consequences if he refuses her to marry, but also abusing Surekha with filthy rural words whenever they came across on the roads and in the lanes.

When Surekha, with the support of her family and relatives, strongly condemned and objected the second marriage attempt of her husband, the other girl, intending to marry Surekha’s husband, along with her mother was outrageous with anger and went to Surekha’s house on 8-3-2010 morning hours and both started assaulting and manhandling Surekha with the mal-intention of causing her mental & physical tension and torture so as to create an ill impact upon 3 moth’s pregnant Surekha’s pregnancy to be miscarried. Innocent and illiterate Surekha, shocked & frightened by assault, suffered bleeding of her womb. She was suddenly taken to the hospital where she was getting her pregnancy check up and treated with out any assurance of her miscarriage. She is still under treatment. The poor lady was unable to admit the girl at hospital because of her poor financial constraints. Surekha’s husband, meanwhile, is disappeared from the scene.

In such a situation they called me (writer of this story from Bangalore and Surekha is my own brother’s daughter) and informed the ill happenings there. I suggested them to immediately lodge a complaint at Tikota police station.

When Surekha’s parents went to police station on 9th , the police personnel made them to wait till 8pm in an vain attempt to make compromise with both parties. They were told to come on next day on 10th. When the complainants went back, the same day at 9 pm Surekha’s husband, the other girl intending to marry him, along with girl’s parents and relatives arrived at police station to make a corruptive unjust deal with the police against Surekha’s plea for justice.

Tikota Police Act as Heartless Brutes

When Surekha and parents came back to police station on 10th the very next day, police started evading receive their complaint and police were advising them not to lodge a complaint and were arguing in favour of illicit, illegal second marriage intended by the other girl and Surekha’s husband.

When I called Tikota police over phone they also started arguments against the acceptance of complaint. When I went strong and tough and harsh and told them to mind their duty and it is none of their business to interpret against the laws as per their whims and fancies so as to protect the illicit acts with corrupt intentions. And I reminded them to they are there to protect innocent, illiterate village folks against the happenings of injustice.

Then one of the police constables himself wrote the complaint taking the statements from Surekha. A receipt of complaint bearing No. 0142863 dated 10-3-2010 and sealed with a sign by 3036. No copy of complaint is given to them.

Till today police have not submitted an FIR and they have pushed the complaint at cold storage.

In view of this story why the police are not helping the rural, illiterate, poor woman to get justice? How police are victimizing the rural people with their selfish corruptive intentions?

I would like to take this matter to all the higher levels and national and state women’s commissions.

Police Station, PSI, Mr Somaling Kiradalli – 9449077100

Tikota              08352-231533; constables Mr Ambiger & Mr Benakanalli -9449533871

TQ& Dist.: Bijapur

Karnataka

February 14, 2010

14 February, 2010 14:46

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God has always been planning things for me’

Naga Naresh Karutura has just passed out of IIT Madras in Computer Science and has joined Google in Bangalore.

You may ask, what’s so special about this 21-year-old when there are hundreds of students passing out from various IITs and joining big companies like Google?

Naresh is special. His parents are illiterate. He has no legs and moves around in his powered wheel chair. (In fact, when I could not locate his lab, he told me over the mobile phone, ‘I will come and pick you up’. And in no time, he was there to guide me)

Ever smiling, optimistic and full of spirit; that is Naresh. He says, “God has always been planning things for me. That is why I feel I am lucky.”

Read why Naresh feels he is lucky.

Childhood in a village
I spent the first seven years of my life in Teeparru, a small village in Andhra Pradesh, on the banks of the river Godavari. My father Prasad was a lorry driver and my mother Kumari, a house wife. Though they were illiterate, my parents instilled in me and my elder sister (Sirisha) the importance of studying.

Looking back, one thing that surprises me now is the way my father taught me when I was in the 1st and 2nd standards. My father would ask me questions from the text book, and I would answer them. At that time, I didn’t know he could not read or write but to make me happy, he helped me in my studies!

Another memory that doesn’t go away is the floods in the village and how I was carried on top of a buffalo by my uncle. I also remember plucking fruits from a tree that was full of thorns.

I used to be very naughty, running around and playing all the time with my friends. I used to get a lot of scolding for disturbing the elders who slept in the afternoon. The moment they started scolding, I would run away to the fields!

I also remember finishing my school work fast in class and sleeping on the teacher’s lap!

January 11, 1993, the fateful day
On the January 11, 1993 when we had the sankranti holidays, my mother took my sister and me to a nearby village for a family function. From there we were to go with our grandmother to our native place. But my grandmother did not come there. As there were no buses that day, my mother took a lift in my father’s friend’s lorry. As there were many people in the lorry, he made me sit next to him, close to the door.

It was my fault; I fiddled with the door latch and it opened wide throwing me out. As I fell, my legs got cut by the iron rods protruding from the lorry. Nothing happened to me except scratches on my legs.

The accident had happened just in front of a big private hospital but they refused to treat me saying it was an accident case. Then a police constable who was passing by took us to a government hospital.

First I underwent an operation as my small intestine got twisted. The doctors also bandaged my legs. I was there for a week. When the doctors found that gangrene had developed and it had reached up to my knees, they asked my father to take me to a district hospital. There, the doctors scolded my parents a lot for neglecting the wounds and allowing the gangrene to develop. But what could my ignorant parents do?

In no time, both my legs were amputated up to the hips.

I remember waking up and asking my mother, where are my legs? I also remember that my mother cried when I asked the question. I was in the hospital for three months.

Life without legs
I don’t think my life changed dramatically after I lost both my legs. Because all at home were doting on me, I was enjoying all the attention rather than pitying myself. I was happy that I got a lot of fruits and biscuits.

‘I never wallowed in self-pity’

The day I reached my village, my house was flooded with curious people; all of them wanted to know how a boy without legs looked. But I was not bothered; I was happy to see so many of them coming to see me, especially my friends!

All my friends saw to it that I was part of all the games they played; they carried me everywhere.

God’s hand
I believe in God. I believe in destiny. I feel he plans everything for you. If not for the accident, we would not have moved from the village to Tanuku, a town. There I joined a missionary school, and my father built a house next to the school. Till the tenth standard, I studied in that school.

If I had continued in Teeparu, I may not have studied after the 10th. I may have started working as a farmer or someone like that after my studies. I am sure God had other plans for me.

My sister, my friend
When the school was about to reopen, my parents moved from Teeparu to Tanuku, a town, and admitted both of us in a Missionary school. They decided to put my sister also in the same class though she is two years older. They thought she could take care of me if both of us were in the same class. My sister never complained.

She would be there for everything. Many of my friends used to tell me, you are so lucky to have such a loving sister. There are many who do not care for their siblings.

She carried me in the school for a few years and after a while, my friends took over the task. When I got the tricycle, my sister used to push me around in the school.

My life, I would say, was normal, as everyone treated me like a normal kid. I never wallowed in self-pity. I was a happy boy and competed with others to be on top and the others also looked at me as a competitor.

Inspiration
I was inspired by two people when in school; my Maths teacher Pramod Lal who encouraged me to participate in various local talent tests, and a brilliant boy called Chowdhary, who was my senior.

When I came to know that he had joined Gowtham Junior College to prepare for IIT-JEE, it became my dream too. I was school first in 10th scoring 542/600.

Because I topped in the state exams, Gowtham Junior College waived the fee for me. Pramod Sir’s recommendation also helped. The fee was around Rs 50,000 per year, which my parents could never afford.

Moving to a residential school
Living in a residential school was a big change for me because till then my life centred around home and school and I had my parents and sister to take care of all my needs. It was the first time that I was interacting with society. It took one year for me to adjust to the new life.

There, my inspiration was a boy called K K S Bhaskar who was in the top 10 in IIT-JEE exams. He used to come to our school to encourage us. Though my parents didn’t know anything about Gowtham Junior School or IIT, they always saw to it that I was encouraged in whatever I wanted to do. If the results were good, they would praise me to the skies and if bad, they would try to see something good in that. They did not want me to feel bad.

They are such wonderful supportive parents.

Life at IIT- Madras
Though my overall rank in the IIT-JEE was not that great (992), I was 4th in the physically handicapped category. So, I joined IIT, Madras to study Computer Science.

Here, my role model was Karthik who was also my senior in school. I looked up to him during my years at IIT- Madras.

He had asked for attached bathrooms for those with special needs before I came here itself. So, when I came here, the room had attached bath. He used to help me and guide me a lot when I was here.

I evolved as a person in these four years, both academically and personally. It has been a great experience studying here. The people I was interacting with were so brilliant that I felt privileged to sit along with them in the class. Just by speaking to my lab mates, I gained a lot.

‘There are more good people in society than bad ones’

Words are inadequate to express my gratitude to Prof Pandurangan and all my lab mates; all were simply great. I was sent to Boston along with four others for our internship by Prof Pandurangan. It was a great experience.

Joining Google R&D
I did not want to pursue PhD as I wanted my parents to take rest now.

Morgan Stanley selected me first but I preferred Google because I wanted to work in pure computer science, algorithms and game theory.

I am lucky
Do you know why I say I am lucky?

I get help from total strangers without me asking for it. Once after my second year at IIT, I with some of my friends was travelling in a train for a conference. We met a kind gentleman called Sundar in the train, and he has been taking care of my hostel fees from then on.

I have to mention about Jaipur foot. I had Jaipur foot when I was in 3rd standard. After two years, I stopped using them. As I had almost no stems on my legs, it was very tough to tie them to the body. I found walking with Jaipur foot very, very slow. Sitting also was a problem. I found my tricycle faster because I am one guy who wants to do things faster.

One great thing about the hospital is, they don’t think their role ends by just fixing the Jaipur foot; they arrange for livelihood for all. They asked me what help I needed from them. I told them at that time, if I got into an IIT, I needed financial help from them. So, from the day I joined IIT, Madras, my fees were taken care of by them. So, my education at the IIT was never a burden on my parents and they could take care of my sister’s Nursing studies.

Surprise awaited me at IIT
After my first year, when I went home, two things happened here at the Institute without my knowledge.

I got a letter from my department that they had arranged a lift and ramps at the department for me. It also said that if I came a bit early and checked whether it met with my requirements, it would be good.

Second surprise was, the Dean, Prof Idichandy and the Students General Secretary, Prasad had located a place that sold powered wheel chairs. The cost was Rs 55,000. What they did was, they did not buy the wheel chair; they gave me the money so that the wheel chair belonged to me and not the institute.

My life changed after that. I felt free and independent.

That’s why I say I am lucky. God has planned things for me and takes care of me at every step.

The world is full of good people
I also feel if you are motivated and show some initiative, people around you will always help you. I also feel there are more good people in society than bad ones. I want all those who read this to feel that if Naresh can achieve something in life, you can too.

Janatha News Reporter, a citizen journalist forum

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— On Sun, 14/2/10, Kuruvilla M U <kuruvillamu@gmail.com> wrote:

From: Kuruvilla M U <kuruvillamu@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Fw: Janatha News Reporter, a citizen journalist forum
To: “gurupadappa suragond” <suragond@yahoo.co.in>
Date: Sunday, 14 February, 2010, 6:33 AM

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February 13, 2010

13 February, 2010 10:20

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Shri Mahanthalinga Shivacharya SwamijiSri Sha. Bra. Mahanthalinga Shivacharya, VIBHUTHIPUR MUTT SEER, BANGALORE

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Srimad Vibhuthipura Veerasimhasana Samsthana Math

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Srimad Vibhuthipura Veerasimhasana Samsthana Math

Sri Sha. Bra. MShri Mahanthalinga Shivacharya Swamijiahanthalinga Shivacharya Swamij is the 86th Mathadhipathi of the Srimad Vibhuthipura Veerasimhasana Samsthana Math.

In 2008 Swamiji wrote 32 articles to ‘Kannada Prabha’ daily newspaper. These articles were published as a book titled ‘Dharma Deevige’. The book became so popular that all copies were sold out within six months. Therefore the same book will be reprinted and released on 16th December 2009.

Srimad Vibhuthipura Veerasimhasana Samsthana Math is situated at Vibhuthipura in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, India. The Math is the oldest of all 64 maths in Bangalore. It was established by Hoysala king Veeraballal in 1186 AD., as a stone inscription in the math states.
Sree Veerabhadra SwamiThe math is blessed with a temple of Sree Veerabhadra Swami. Nitya pooja, Archana and Rudrabhisheka are offered to the presiding deity of the temple.
On Karthika Amavasya thousands of people participate in celebration of annual Jatra Mahotsava with Agnikunda, Rathotsava and other folk arts. You can see photos and read about math’s functions and celebrations on Events and Photos sections of this web-site.
The Vibhuthipura math is a branch math the ancient Srimad Rambhapuri peetha, Balehonnur. Veerashaiva religion is a unique religion among ancient religious systems of India. The Veerashaive religion was established by Jagadguru Renukacharya Mahaswamiji.
Five veerashaiva peethas, principal centers of this religion are Shrimad Rambhapuri (Karnataka), Ujjaini (Karnataka), Kedar (Uttaranchal Pradesh), Shreeshail (A.P.) and Kashi (U.P.). These five peethas through an network of their branch maths have been striving to dispel ignorance in society through spiritual preachings and inculcate proper religious practices and conduct as propagated by ancient Agama shastra and Shrutis. While the emancipation of masses through spiritual upliftment and improvement of their general well-being are the main objective, peethas have also being spreading value-based education among the people since time immemorial.
class-2Presently a text books knowledge has failed to increase moral values. Hence the math gives the top priority to enhancing the moral fibre of the younger generations. The Math is not only a pious place. In indian Darshan Shastras it was called “Students’ Home”. Therefore the present Mathadhipathi Sha. Bra. Sri Mahanthalinga Shivacharya Swamiji has decided to construct a Free Residential School for 500 students of all communities who are studying 6 Std. to 10 Std.
Old Age Home's entranceThe math also provides pace for an Old Age Home “Shambhavi” for women. Besides the above, the math also runs I.T.I. institute for vocational training and a kannada medium school.
Please do visit the Math when you come to Bangalore and leave your valuable suggestions.

13 February, 2010 09:54

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Saint Basaveshwara

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Sage Basaveshwara who founded the Lingayat cult in 12th century
Sage Basaveshwara who founded the Lingayat cult in 12th century

Timeline of Basava’s Life

Date of Birth 1104. A.D.
Stay in Bagewadi for 16 years 1104-1120
Residence in Sangama for 12 years 1120-1132
Service in Mangalavedhe for 16 years 1132-1148
Stay in Kalyana for 36 years 1148-1184
Second stay in Sangama for 2 years 1184-1186
Death in Sangama 1186 A.D.

Shree Basaveshwara was the reviver of the Veerashaiva ( Lingayats) religion. He advocated the equality among the humankind and condemned all barriers of caste, creed and sex etc. and showed the right path to the society which was
lost in the darkness of casteism,which makes him a Unique saint, hence he was known as Jagajyoti ( a devine light for the world ). He is also known as Krantikari Basavanna
for his revolution in the caste ridden society.
Shree Basaveshwara was born in a brahmin family, to Madarasa and Madalambe in 1131 AD in Bagewadi. Madarasa was the chief of Bagewadi, now known as Basavanna Bagewadi is in Bijapur district, Karnataka, India. It is observed that Basaveshwara was an incarnation of Nandi the vehicle of lord Shiva, as Madalambe gave birth to a son after observing the Nandivrata. Basaveshwara had a sister Akkanagamma and a brother Devaraja.
Upanayana was done when Basava was eight years of age. He was made to wear the sacred thread called Janivara and worship the holy fire reciting “Gayatri” mantra and perform many complex rites. Soon after this, his both parents died and was looked by his grandmother. Basava was in no way convinced by the Upanayana ceremony and the subsequent strict observances because they were administered by the persons who had no true insight. This made him revolt against the ritualism. At the age of 16 years Basava discarded Janivara and broke away from the brahmanical
religious traditions. He then proceeded to Kudala Sangama, then the Shaivite stronghold.
Kudala Sangama is now a village in Hunagund Taluk of Bijapur District and situated at the meeting place( Sangama or Junction ) of two rivers, the Krishna and its tributary the Malaprabha.
Basava found his guru at Sangama and with his guidance, plunged himself into study and devotion to Sangameshwara the presiding deity of Sangama. He spent 12 years at Sangama which was the most significant period of his life. He had established the contacts with many learned
Brahmin scholars who were less orthodox in social and religious affairs.By this time Basava had come to a conclusion on spiritual, religious and social aspects of life. His views were:
There is one God , he is real, universal and supreme. He is perfect,noble, compassionate and he is always present to help the true devotees. No other God could attain his dignity and he is SHIVA,who is worshipped in the form of linga, the symbol of infinity.
The Jangamas, true devotees of Shiva, who propagate his gospel deserve the highest respect. The humanity which went astray in search of unreal God and false faiths should be brought back on the right path. The society suffering from artificial distinctions and discriminations needed reform and revival.
Basava married Gangambike the daughter of his maternal uncle Baladeva, who was a minister in the King Bijjala’s court at Mangalaveda.He had another wife, Nilambike ( Nilalochane). He had a son named Balasangayya.
Later he found a job in Bijjala’s court. Bijjala changed his seat of power to Kalyana and Basaveshwara followed him. Basaveshwara became the minister to King Bijjala in 1162 AD. As the minister Basaveshwara established the spiritual parliament, known as ANUBHAVA MANTAPA, to discuss the various aspects of Veerashaivism with the people from all walks of life. The dreams of Basava dreamt in Kudala Sangama, were being realised at Kalyana. His Bhakti movement brought great saints from all over India to the Anubhava Mantapa. The fundamental principles of religion, philosophy and society were discussed at a great length. The great Vachana Literature took final shape.
Basaveshwara was not only a minister by now he was the central figure of the socio-religious revolution ( Kranti) and condemned the barriers of caste, creed, sex etc. He had established the shunya pitha in the Anubhava Mantapa as the symbol of the new religion, which was being advocated by the Shivasharanas in 1154 AD. Allamaprabhu ascended the shunya pitha in 1162 AD. Kalyana attracted sharanas and jangamas.
Basaveshwara’s life long aim was to eradicate the deep rooted varnashrama or the caste system. Though he was the minister, he used to invite the untouchables to his residence and have meals with them. This act incited the hatredness among the orthodox people who were jealous
about the Basaveshwara’s great achievement. They carried many false stories to King Bijjala to malign Basaveshwara. These accusations created suspicion in the mind of Bijjala and he was fearing about the uprising of traditional and orthodox society, if the accusations were proved to be true.
As if adding fuel to the fire, the historic marriage between the daughter of Madhuvayya a Brahmin and the son of Haralayya an untouchable took place in Kalyana. This marriage was blessed by Basaveshwara and many sharanas, but this infuriated the traditional people in the society and they complained the King Bijjala. The king ordered, Madhuvayya and Haralayya be punished by removing their eyes and dragged in the streets by elephants. Basaveshwara was unable to stop the punishment and his
sensitive mind could not bear this shock. He took the blame for this upon himself. He felt that his mission in Kalyana has come to an end. With great sorrow in his heart he left Kalyana in 1167 AD and went to Kudala Sangama.The chaotic conditions prevailed in Kalyana and the sharanas were very much distressed by the developments. Mean time the king was
murdered.
Three months after reaching Kudala Sangama Shree Basaveshwara attained the union with Lord Kudala Sangameshwara in 1167 AD . Following is one of the thousands of vachanas of Shree Basaveshwara:
The power of knowledge destroys ignorance;
The power of light dissipates darkness;
The power of truth is foe of all untruth;
The sharana’s experience of god is the sole cure of worldliness;
O Lord Kudala Sangamadeva.

Basavanna was a profound thinker

Filed under: Uncategorized — suragond @ 9:23 am
Basavanna was a profound thinker, a great social reformer, a great saint and a religious teacher.Basavanna is regarded as the originator of Lingayatism ,however according to some scholars they say that he revived already existing creed. Shree Basaveshwara was born in a brahmin family, to Madarasa and Madalambe in 1131 AD in Bagewadi. Madarasa was the chief of Bagewadi, which is now known as Basavanna Bagewadi in Bijapur district, Karnataka, India.From his childhood, Basavanna was a brilliant child & was always showing his objections to many customs, rituals, discriminations in day to day affairs. basava.jpg

He was much pained by many drawbacks in Hindu Vedic Systems and brought reformation.
For example:
Due to untouchability system prevailing the lower caste people were treated as animals.
Female were not given equal rights. The widows had to follow many rigid rituals & customs.
The animal scarifies in the name of satisfaction of gods.
The rigid caste system treating the person by birth as superior or inferior.
Following blind rituals which were meaning less.
The Statue worship and exploitation of innocent people by worship class like pujaris, Matapathis etc.,
Basavanna preached that Athma in the body is the god and purification of body & mind is necessary to please god.
Truth is god and good habits are swarga(heaven) & bad habits are Naraka.(hell).
The Brahmin class was opposing the learning of Vedha by other caste people and all temples, maths were in their strong hold . Exploitation of innocent lower caste people in the name of god & religious ceremonies rituals pained Basavanna very much & in his boyhood he opposed “Upanayana Samskara” which was not
permitted to females.
At the age of 16 years Basava broke away from the brahmanical religious traditions. He then proceeded to Kudala Sangama, which is now a village in Hunagund Taluk of Bijapur District and situated at the meeting place ( Sangama or Junction ) of two rivers, the Krishna and its tributary the Malaprabha. Basava found his guru at Sangama and with his guidance, he put himself into study and devotion to Sangameshwara the presiding deity of Sangama. He spent 12 years which was the most significant period of his life at Sangama.
He also started preaching that God is only one & he is “Shiva”, who has no shape but dwells in every one. The symbol of “Linga” a semi round object was made compulsory to be worn in the neck after “Shiva Diksha” and this was equally applicable to both Males & Females. All such persons who believed that God is only one and he is Shiva were given “Diksha” and wore that Symbol Linga. They were called as Veerasaivas or Lingayat.
Basavanna become Prime Minister to King Bijjala who was a follower of Jainism, but Basavanna married the sister of King Bijjala and since the king was not opposing Basavanna for his activities. All caste people under took Shiva diksha & became Veerasaivas by putting on Vibuthi on their forehead, & other parts of body & wearing Linga in the neck. The Veerasaivism not only brought all class of people under are stray fold irrespective of Caste & its popularity prejudiced the minds of Brahmins & their followers who believed in day old customs & procedures. “Anubava Mantapa” established under the chairmanship of Allama Prabha included Females & it became so popular all the participants were given to voice their opinions it was guiding Veerasaivism to right paths always by performing as a governing council.It included leaders & stalwarts like Channabasavana, Akka Mahadevi & other Sharanas.The Veerasaiva are known as sharanas & Vachanas in the form simple kannada poems were written by all sharanas. Basavannas Vachana became so popular, and more study & recitations made persons to adhere to right paths. The following are most popular vachanas of Basavanna.
1) Kalabeda, Kolabeda, Husiya Nudiyali Beda, Anayarige Asahya Padabeda. Thanna Banipa beda, Idira
Haliyalu Beda, Ide Antharanga Suddhi, Ide Bahiranga Suddhi, Kudala Sangamadeva.
Here if you want to live in a rightful path, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t tell lies, don’t praise yourself & condemn others. This is inner purification as well as outer purification of soul and body , what Gandhiji said Truth is god Ahimsa is paramadharma was preached by asavanna is 12th century itself.

2) Yelavo Yendare Narak, Iyya Andare Swarga

3) Yena Gintha Kiriyarilla Shiva shankarigintha Hiriyarilla.

4) Ullavaru Shivalayava Maduvaru, Nanenu Maduve Bedavanayya Yenna Kale Kamba, Yenna Shiva Gopura, Yenna Hridayave devalayavu.

5) Anacharave Naraka, Sadacharave swarga.

Not only Vachana of Basavanna were popular, but also at the same line Vachana by 64 vachanakars were also popular many Sharana Vachanakars were.

1)Allama Prabhu, 2)Channabasavanna, 3) Akkamahadevi 4)Dohara Kakkayya 5) Ambigara Ma Chaya 6) Devara Dasimaya etc.,

Basavanna also popularised “Dasoha” system where all sharanas used to be feed freely everyday. This Dasoha system even now are followed in many Verasaiva Maths now also the practising of “Soonya Sampudhane” & Shat Sthala was also symbolised the greatness of veerasaivism.These reforms brought by Basavanna was viewed with Jealous by upper caste & their blind followers, since their strong postion in society slowly becoming weaker & their hold over the people became loose.They were waiting for the oportunity to bring bad name to Basavanna they tried many ways & also tried to spoil the relationship of King Bijjala with Basavanna and king Bijjala was even though not heeling to their tactics became some how suspicious. When Basavanna performed marriage of the daughter of Brahmin Maduvarasa, to the son of Haralayya who belonged to untouhable low caste before conversion to Veerasaivas. The upper caste people headed by Kondi Manchanna succeeded in spoiling the good relationship Basavanna had with king Bijjala who in turn warned Basavanna. Pained by the change of attitude of king Bijjala, Basavanna resigned the prime minister post and went to holy place Kudala Sangama for meditation. King Bijjala was taken back by the extreme step taken by Basavanna & he was in deep grief, he asked ever waiting Kondi Manchanna to take over & to establish peace. Kondi Manchanna, who was appraising the movement Veerasaivism, immediately ordered arrests & killing of all suspicious Veerasaiva. Thousands were murdered by the army, in their fight with Sharanas. Kondi Machanna, arrested both maduvarasa & Haralayya and got them killed by Elephants. The Sharanas under leadership of Channabasavanna & other. The sharanas under leadership of Channabasavanna & others fought the army vehamantly & culminated in the murder King Bijjala under suspicious circumstance. Bsavanna who was a strong preaching of Ahimsa, was very much in grief and ultimately he ended his life in Kudala sangama in 1167 AD.

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