Shivakumara Swami: the ‘Strolling God’ who left nobody behind

Generations of docs, engineers, academics, businessmen and dealing professionals from numerous fields bear in mind Shivakumara Swami, the seer of Siddaganga mutt who handed away on Monday, as a champion of the downtrodden. At a time when larger schooling was past the attain of the poor and underprivileged, the seer strove to make it accessible to these in want, regardless of their faith and caste.

Individuals revered him as ‘Trividha Dasohi’ — the one who supplied schooling, meals, and non secular steerage.

“The seer would train us English and likewise cook dinner meals for us,” mentioned M.N. Channabasappa, 85, a former pupil of the seer and now director of the Siddaganga Institute of Expertise, which the seer began in 1963.


Dr. Shivakumara Swami, popularly referred to as ‘Nadedaduva Devaru’ (Strolling God), was initiated into Viraktha Ashrama in 1930. Earlier than turning into a seer, he was referred to as Shivanna. He was born on April 1, 1908, at Veerapura in Magadi taluk of Ramanagaram district.

He accomplished his major schooling on the rural anglo-vernacular college in Nagavalli and graduated from the federal government highschool in Tumakuru in 1927. He then enrolled at Central School, Bangalore College, the place he studied physics and arithmetic as non-compulsory topics, however was unable to get his diploma as he was made the successor of Uddana Shivayogi Swami in 1930.

In 1941, on the age of 33, he assumed full duty of the mutt. On the time, the Gurukula had a pupil energy of 200 and was struggling for sources.

Undeterred by the chances, the younger seer went together with his ‘jolige’ to villages on foot to gather foodgrains and greens from individuals to feed the hungry on the mutt. Farmers and others have been beneficiant of their donation of funds, foodgrains, greens and fruits — a convention that continues to today.

English courses

For greater than 50 years, he instructed college students and taught them English. “As many college students have been from rural areas, they weren’t accustomed to the language. The seer would maintain particular courses from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. for sophistication 10 college students,” mentioned Dr. Channabasappa. Former college students bear in mind the seer’s insistence that they be taught to spell accurately.


Many former college students recall situations of the seer stepping in to assist them financially to proceed their schooling. “He sorted me for 12 years and paid my school charges,” mentioned B. Rajashekaraiah, an ex-serviceman. “He gave me ₹300 after I was chosen for army coaching in 1984 and needed to go to Lucknow.”

Although college students usually left the mutt for different cities, their ties to it remained sturdy. C.T. Kallaiah, Deputy Director of the PU Board, Raichur, resided within the mutt from 1975 to 1983. “I did my B. Com in Tumakuru after which went to Gulbarga (now Kalaburagi) for M. Com. My mother and father have been very poor and the seer would ship me ₹500 each month by means of cash order. This manner, I used to be capable of get my diploma,” he mentioned.

In the present day, greater than eight,000 college students are given meals, lodging and schooling, regardless of their faith, caste and creed, on the mutt. Pilgrims and guests are served meals totally free on the mutt.

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