World-class museum on Basaveshwara

World-class museum  on Basaveshwara

 A museum of international standards, depicting the life and times of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, will be established at Kudalasangama, Water Resources Minister M B Patil informed the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Replying to a query by Ramachandra Gowda (BJP), Patil said the museum will come up at a cost of Rs 144 crore, to be shared by the revenue department and Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd.

Kudalasangama is a pilgrim centre in Bagalkot district and the final resting place of Basaveshwara. It is also situated at the confluence of the rivers Krishna and Malaprabha.

Patil said work on developing Kudalasangama as an international tourist destination has already commenced. Civil works on the Basava International Centre has started, he said. Kudalasangama will be developed on the lines of Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi. The proposed museum will come up on a 50-acre plot and will have portraits and objects to depict the life of Basaveshwara, his childhood, education and life. The essence of  “Anubhava Mantapa”, an academy which worked towards building a casteless society with human values through propagation of vachanas, will also be conveyed at the museum.

Arrangements for light and sound shows will also be made. It will also house ‘Sharana Grama’. This village will highlight the social revolution launched by Basaveshwara in the 12th century. Books about the life and messages of Basaveshwara will also be housed at the museum.

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