Mysuru: Basavanna was a great social reformer and harbinger of change who tried to spread the message of equality in the society through his Vachanas. He fought against superstitions and spread humanity, said Chamundeshwari Constituency MLA G. T. Devegowda.
Speaking at the Basava Jayanti celebration organised jointly by the District Administration and Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva-Lingayat Mahasabha on Tuesday May 3, he said that he taught the importance of compassion and empathy.” He said, “The 12th century was an important phase in the world when society was set for a positive change. Our society was witnessing inequality and superstitions. Through his simple Vachanas, Basavanna tried to bring about a change in the society. He is one of the greatest reformers the world has ever seen. He also fought for the upliftment of the downtrodden.”
Devegowda said, Ambigara Chowdaiah, Madara Chennaiah, Madivala Machina and many other Shivasharanas followed the footsteps of Basavanna to reform people. His Vachanas are still relevant. We all should tread the path shown by Basavanna for a peaceful society. He also advocated education for girls. Basavanna dreamt of a society where all are equal and it is our duty to realise his dream.
Sutturu Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Krishnaraja Constituency MLA S. A. Ramadas, Chamarajanagara BJP Member of Parliament V. Srinivas Prasad, and Mysuru Mayor Sunanda Palanetra and others were present.