Miscellany

Stress on Sanskrit studies

Siddaganga Sanskrit College is one of the many educational institutions run by the Siddaganga Mutt headed by centenarian Shivakumara Swamiji, a selfless visionary  who founded many schools and colleges mainly in rural areas.

For the past 80 years and more, the Siddaganga Mutt has also been running its  free boarding home at Siddaganga, for the benefit of students from backward villages. Every academic year, Siddaganga Mutt provides free boarding and lodging to more than 8,000 needy students (from primary to post graduate level) of all religions and regions.    
 
Located next to Kyathasandra near Tumkur is this decades-old Sanskrit College which was originally said to be a cave hill gurukula founded by Atavi Swamiji. Years later, in 1917, the gurukula became Samskrita Patashala when Uddana Swamiji was head of the Siddaganga Mutt. In addition to the Samskrita Patashala, a Veda Patashala was also started in 1926. Some ten years later, this Veda Patashala was developed into a full fledged Sanskrit College which celebrated its silver jubilee in 1947 and golden jubilee in 1972. The platinum jubilee of Sree Siddalingeshwara Veda-Samskutha Mahapatashala was celebrated in the year 1997  

Striving for the cause of Kannada

Renowned poet Kayyara Kinhanna Rai celebrated his 99th birthday recently. Notably, the nonagenarian litterateur’s was felicitated at his residence ‘Kavitha Kuteera’ in Peradala of Badiyadaka (Kasargod district, Kerala) where Kayyara Kinhanna was born in the year 1915.

Gandhian, freedom fighter, teacher, journalist, poet, agriculturist and above all, lover of Kannada language, literature and culture, a multifaceted personality, Kayyara Kihhanna Rai, has been passionately serving the cause of Kannada and Kannidagas living in the border district of Kasaragod, Kerala.

Kayyara, who fought for the State’s ‘Ekikarna’ (unification), has all along been relentlessly agitating for the merger of Kasaragod with Karnataka.

Kayyara Kinhanna Rai chose teaching for a career and he worked as a teacher (of Navajeevana High School, Peradala) for more than 30 years.

Kayyara simply loved to work, teaching or tillage, as he said it all in his autography titled ‘Dudithave Nanna Devaru’ (work is my God).

He was given ‘the best teacher’ national award for the year 1969 and Hampi Unversity honoured him in 2006 by conferring the title of ‘Nadoja’ (meaning - Nada guru or teacher) which is equivalent to an honorary doctorate.     
  
Linguist and literary critic Kayyara Kinhanna Rai has quite some literary works to his name.

Highly acclaimed works of poetry like ‘Chethana’, ‘Samagana’, ‘Srimukha’ and ‘Makkala Padya Manjari’ apart, he has written many popularly known titles like ‘Rathna Rashi’ (profiles of great leaders), ‘Panchami’ (translation of Upanishad), ‘Annadevaru’ and ‘Lakshmishana Kathegalu’. hanna Rai had the honour of presiding the 66th Kannada Sahithya Sammelana held in the year 1997.                         

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