Seers and prominent sanyasis, who took part in the ‘Santha Sangama’, organised in memory of the late seer Sri Balagangadharanatha Swami, opined that the late seer put the mutt on the world map and has set an example owing to his service in the fields of education, healthcare, social work, spirituality and conserving ecology.
They were of the opinion that the seer, who breathed his last on January 13, should be a role model for seers and pontiffs of all other mutts and institutions.
Seer Sri Vishveshathirtha Swamiji of Pejawar mutt said Sri Balagangadharanatha Swami turned Adichunchanagiri into ‘Kanchana (gold) Giri’ and was responsible for ‘Jnanaganga’ (river of knowledge) flowing down to the needy.
Founder of Pathanjali Yoga Trust Baba Ramdev recalled the services of the late seer in building the future of lakhs of students by providing education to them.
Sri Shivamurthy Shivacharya Swamiji of Sirigere mutt described the achievements of Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji as monumental. He said: “The seer achieved what is difficult to achieve even in four centuries, in just four decades.”
Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living said the late seer was a ray of hope in the world mired in a pool of corruption and illegal activities. “He was also politically aware and provided adequate direction to his devotees,” he added.
Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swami of Suttur mutt said Sri Balagangadharanatha Swami is not physically present, but he lives on through his ‘kayaka’ (work).
New pontiff of Adichunchanagiri mutt Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swami, Sri Bhataraka Charukeerthi Pandithacharya Swami of Mudubidre, Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swami of Sri Avadoota Datta Peetha, Sri Adithyananda Maharaj from Ghorakpur, Sri Basavajaya Mruthyunjaya of Sri Kudalasangama Panchamasali mutt and seers and pontiffs from various mutts and sanyasis from all over the nation were present on the occasion.
Devotees in thousands thronged the mutt for the event. Food, accommodation and all basic amenities were provided for all by the mutt. ‘Bhaktha Sangama’ will be held on January 29 and many national and state level leaders are expected to take part in the programme.