Suttur seer's contribution recalled on 96th birth anniversary

Thousands attended the day-long programme to pay their tributes to the seer who took the mutt to greater heights during his period.  Justice S R Bannurmath, retired chief justice of Kerala High Court who inaugurated the celebration at the mutt premises on the foot of Chamundi hills described Rajendra Swamy as a visionary who contributed immensely towards education, health and hostel facilities for students.

“He laid a foundation for promotion of education, literary activity, art and music and to instill a spiritual elevation of common man. Despite many challenges, the seer succeeded in establishing the mutt and JSS group of institutions as a premier institution,” the former chief justice said.

The JSS institution grew leaps and bounds to open its centres in various parts of India and established educational institutions in foreign land – Maryland, United States and Dubai.

The present seer Shivarathri Deshikendra carried forward the principles of Rajendra Swamy and the Veerashaiva tradition.  There are more than 15,000 people employed with JSS institutions and about 50,000 students studying under various educational centres of the mutt, he lauded and added that three lakh people were treated at JSS hospital on an annual basis was commendable.

“Today, society was under crossroads entangled in corruption, nepotism and irregularities. The principles of 12th century social reformer Basavanna will be an enlightening experience. People should develop human values and Suttur mutt play a key role in spreading values,” he said.

In his address, noted philosopher Pavagada Prakash Rao likened Suttur mutt with Anubhava mantapa saying the mutt has a secular vision and accepted people of all faith into its fold – educational institutions and hospitals. Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy was a secular man and respected intellectuals and educationists irrespective of their caste and faith.

“The present seer Deshikendra has followed these values. His accession to throne of mutt completes 25 years this year. All devotees of the mutt should celebrate the silver jubilee of his journey with a fitting programme,” he rearked.

Former ambassador to Greece and Cuba Bhaskar Balakrishnan,writer G R  Channabasappa,ICSERchairman Rev Jose Aikara, Indian Nursing Council chairmanT Dileep Kumar, MLC Mallikarjunappa and others  were present.

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