'Walking God' Siddaganga seer gets state funeral

Shivakumara Swami, the head pontiff of five-centuries-old Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru passed away at 11.44 am on Monday. Thousands of devotees and several political personalities, including the incumbent Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy and former CMs B S Yeddyurappa and Siddaramaiah, are present at Tumkur for the swami's final rites. The seer's body arrived at the final resting place at 5:50 PM. He was given state honours and moved to the temple, where elaborate poojas took place and he was given a state funeral in the Mutt's premises.
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    Tumkur honours Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swami

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    Leaders pay their last respects again, elaborate poojas are taking place

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    Shivakumara Swami's body is moved to the temple premises

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    A two minute silence. Flag taken from seer's lap, CM hands it over to junior seer

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    A miffed Yeddyurappa silenced people with a sign after slogans demanding Bharat Ratna disturbed the ceremony for a minute

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    With a 3-round gun salute, state honours 'Nadedaduva Devaru' (God in human form)

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    Before the beginning of the ceremony, a sheet covering one of the sheds as it could not bear the weight of the people whoclimbed it to witness the ceremony. No one was injured.

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    HD Kumaraswamy, BS Yeddyurappa, HD Deve Gowda and G Parameshwara offer floral tributes

    Junior seer of the Mutt, D K Shivakumar, R V Deshpande, Ishwar Khandre, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Sadananda Gowda also pay their tributes

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    Tricolour placed on Seer's body ahead of state honours

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    Preparations complete for the state honours to the seer

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    The car carrying body of Siddaganga seer arrives near Prasada Nilaya.

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    Siddaganga seer's body en route to the final resting place (Gadduge)

    Leaders are awaiting the arrival of Siddaganga seer's body at the final resting place for burial.

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    Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, former CMs Siddaramaiah and B S Yeddyurappa, deputy CM G Parameshwara, Home Minister M B Patil other cabinet ministers and prominent leaders are present.

    Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Suttur seer Shivaratri Deshikendra and heads of major religious institutions are also among those present.

  • 16:29

    Two more special trains added to Tumkur in view of Shivakumara Swami's final rites

    Two more special trains to Tumkur and back

    DEMU rake:

    YPR Dep 1715 hrs
    TK Arr 1850 hrs

    TK Dep 1900 hrs
    YPR Arr 2030 hrs

    Conventional rake:

    YPR Dep 1800 hrs
    TK Arr 2000 hrs

    TK Dep 2030 hrs
    YPR Arr 2200 hrs

  • 16:28

    The entrance next to the main gate has been closed for the public as the time nears for the final rites. More than 50000 people are still waiting for the last glimpse of the seer. The time of the final rites has been postponed by half an hour from 4.30 pm to 5 pm.

    It is unclear whether the second gate has been closed. Thousands are still queueing up in the lines. Police are moving towards the railings to ensure no untoward incident takes place.

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    Sitharaman, Gowda to attend funeral of Shivakumar Swami

    Union ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Nirmala Sitharaman will attend the funeral of the head pontiff of Siddaganga mutt and lay wreath on behalf of the prime minister.

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    Tumakuru Road named in honour of Siddaganga seer

    The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) decided to name the Tumakuru Road in honour of the Siddaganga seer, Shivakumara Swami.

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    Amid gloom, devotees cry for Bharat Ratna to seer

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    Devotees arrive at Kyatsandra railway station to pay last respects to Shivakumara Swami.

    DH Photo by B HShivKumar

  • 11:49

    Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy will be paying his last respects to Shivakumara Swami. He will be laying wreaths on behalf of the Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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    At Mandipet and Santepet, two busiest markets of Tumakuru, members of Muslim community performed pooja to Siddaganga Seer's portrait.

    "We don't look at caste, or religion. ShivakumaraSwami's service to the society can't be seen from any perspective but that of humanity. The seer helped many children from the Muslim community, especially by providing quality education," Rahman said.

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    At Mandipet and Santepet, two busiest markets of Tumakuru, members of Muslim community performed pooja to Siddaganga Seer's portrait.

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    Food distribution counters have been set up across Tumakuru.

    DH Photo by Chiranjeevi Kulkarni.

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    The city of Tumakuru has come to a standstill as commercial establishments have shut down as a mark of respect to the late Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt. However, the town has joined hands to serve food free of cost to the needy.

    DH Photo by Chiranjeevi Kulkarni.

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    Siddaganga seer a timeless spirit

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    Seer's body is taken out for Public Homage@DeccanHerald pic.twitter.com/PYRnj9RWg5

    — Darshan Devaiah B P (@DarshanDevaiahB) January 21, 2019

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    RCUB examinations postponed following Shivakumara Swami's death

    Rani Channamma University, Belagavi (RCUB) has postponed its postgraduate courses examinations that were scheduled to be held on January 22, with a holiday being announced due to death of Dr Shivakumar Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur. Registrar (Evaluation) Prof Rangraj Vandurg in a release informed that the examinations postponed have been rescheduled on January 28.
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    Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka, expresses condolences at Shivakumara Swami's demise.

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    People pay their last respects to Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swami

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    Tumakuru Road named in honour of Siddaganga seer

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    The Karnataka state government has declared one-day holiday tomorrow (Tuesday) for all schools, colleges and government offices. A three-day state mourning has also been declared.

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    Last rites of Shivakumara Swami will be performed at 4.30 pm on Tuesday, says Siddaganga Mutt.

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    The news of the seer's health has spread like wildfire. People on the move try to get live updates.

  • 13:09

    Shivakumara Swami, the head pontiff of five-centuries-old Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru passed away at 11.54 am on Monday, four sources confirmed to Deccan Herald.

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    The Congress cancels its' legislature party meeting, scheduled for Monday, as the health condition of Siddaganga Mutt seer  Shivakumara Swamy turns critical.

    The MLAs are asked to head to the Mutt.

  • 12:43

    CM Kumaraswamy, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, BJP and Congress parties' leaders in the state cancelled their official programmes.

  • 12:20

    Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy leaves for Tumakuru from Mysuru to inquire about Swami's health condition.

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    There is no need to panic, says Dr Parameswar. However, devotees are requested not to visit the mutt now.

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    Shivakumara Swami, the head pontiff of the five centuries old Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, who is battling lung infection is reportedly critical and has been put on ventilator, according to the doctors treating him at the mutt. The 111-year-old swami who showed signs of recovery on Sunday witnessed complications in the wee hours of Monday prompting the doctors to put him on ventilator support.


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    Swami's condition is critical: M B Patil

    Home Minister M B Patil tells media that the condition of Shivakumara Swami remains critical. "We are making the security arrangements as a precautionary measure," he says.

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    Suttur mutt seer left for Tumakuru.

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    The next health bulletin will be released after two hours.

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    Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy calls junior pontiff over phone to inquire about Shivakumara Swami's health condition.

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    Police takes over the Tumakuru-Bengaluru traffic. Cops are on alert.

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    IGP (Central Range) B Dayananda at Tumakuru mutt to oversee the security arrangements.

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