April 28, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi, the Birth anniversary of Lord Basaveshwara.


  • Basaveshwara, also known as Bhaktibhandari, Basavanna or Basaveswara, was a 12th century philosopher, Kannada poet and a social reformer during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka.

  • He spread social awareness through his poetry, popularly known as Vachanaas. He rejected gender or social discrimination, superstitions and rituals.

  • He introduced new public institutions such as the ‘Anubhava Mantapa’(or, the "hall of spiritual experience"), which welcomed men and women from all socio-economic backgrounds to discuss spiritual and mundane questions of life, in open.

  • He was founder of the Lingayats sect. 

Source : The Hindu