Karnataka ‘Integration Day’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that Sri Siddalinga Swami of Tontadarya Mutt’s birth anniversary in Gadag will be celebrated across the state as ‘Integration Day.’

Overview:

  • This was announced after the Chief Minister inaugurated the Aikya Mantapa on 15th April 2022.
  • The Mantapa is a structure built around the location where the seer’s mortal remains were buried on the Tontadarya Mutt grounds in Gadag.

About Sri Siddalinga Swami

He was a great philosopher and thinker. He was dedicated to building a harmonious society, and he dedicated his entire life to it, He had also received the Rajyotsava award for communal harmony and the Rashtriya Basava Puraskar. The Government of India had also honoured him with the Communal Harmony and National Integration Award. The seer had also led the ‘Save Kappatagudda’ movement as he was immensely concerned about the environment. He also had written scores of literary works with social reforms as the main theme. He was well known for his progressive actions, and after taking the seat as the 19th head of Tontadarya Mutt, he discontinued many rigorous practices being followed in the name of tradition. 80 educational institutions had also been established by him.

About the Save Kappatagudda movement

Sri Siddalinga Swami led this movement to restore the conservation reserve tag of the Kappatagudda Wildlife Sanctuary in the Gadag district of Karnataka. He had also successfully led a campaign against the establishment of a steel plant by South Korean multinational company Posco in the Gadag district of the state.

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