Ballari: Channabasava Shivayogi of Nilagunda Gudda Viraktha Matha laid the foundation stone for the construction of Katrgadduge for his last rites in the premises on Thursday November 24 of his Matha after he becomes Lingaikya .
The 25-feet-wide and 47-feet-long Aikyamantapa has drawn up an action plan at a cost of Rs.1 crore to install the statue of Lingaikya Channabasava Shivayogi on the top of it, which has been awarded to the sculptors of Tamil Nadu.
When the Nilagunda Matha was in ruins, and when the villagers requested the Mujagam of Hubballi 3,000 Matha to give a swami to the Matha, the present-day Channabasava Shivayogi came to the Nilagunda Matha 37 years ago on the orders of the Mujugam Seer. Since then, he has worked hard for the development of the monastery on the Neelagunda Hill. The Swamiji has been running ITI college, primary school, free hostel, prasada nilaya, dasoha, dharma prachara, and purana discourse.
Speaking on the occasion, Channa Basava Shivayogi said, “Before me, four swamis have served as peethadhipatis in this matha. But no one has katrgadduge Therefore, you should not go anywhere else and stay here till the end, expressed different swamis and devotees, and hence I have decided to stay here till my last breath and for that I am building my own aikyamantapa.”