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Karnataka's 111-year-old "walking god" Shivakumara Swami passes away

Swami was said to be one of the oldest persons living in India, was suffering from lung infection for the past few weeks. He had been in and out of hospitals over the last few years due to his advanced age.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 21 Jan 2019 9:18 AM GMT

Karnatakas 111-year-old walking god Shivakumara Swami passes away
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Bengaluru: One of the oldest-persons in India, the 111-year-old saint, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru passed away due to critical health conditions, the Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy made an announcement about Swami’s death.

It is to be mentioned that Swami was in a critical condition for the last 15 days and was on life support at the Mutt, under doctors supervision, he bade this material world good-bye on Monday at 11:44 am. His cremation will be done on January 22 at 4:30 pm.

Swami was said to be one of the oldest persons living in India, was suffering from lung infection for the past few weeks. He had been in and out of hospitals over the last few years due to his advanced age.

Security had been tightened at the Mutt as hundreds of followers gathered, praying for the holy man's recovery.

Considered to be an incarnation of the 12th century social reformer Basava, the Lingayat seer used to head the Sree Siddaganga Education Society, which runs about 125 educational institutions in the state - from engineering colleges to business schools. Many of the institutions offer free education and boarding facilities to poor students.

Born on April 1, 1907 in Veerapura village of Ramanagara district in Karnataka, the Swami was also involved in several philanthropic activities and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2015.

Last week, Kumaraswamy demanded the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, for the seer as recognition of his service to the society.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted last week: "His Holiness Shivakumara Swami is a remarkable personality and has positively impacted crores of lives through his outstanding service. The entire nation is praying for his speedy recovery and good health."

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