Mysuru: Seer Sri Kumara Nijaguna Swamiji (88) of Chilakavadi in Chamarajanagar district passed away on Tuesday.
A native of Mullur in Kollegal taluk, Swamiji was born Basavanna as the youngest child of Paruvappa and Puttamallamma couple on June 15, 1933.
The seer who was was earlier known as Basavanna was an advocate. He embraced sainthood in the later years at the age of 48 in 1981 and came to be known as Sri Kumara Nijaguna Swamiji.
It was after this, the Swamiji played a key role in development of Shambulingana Betta in Chilakavadi where the Saint Sriman Nijaguna had settled earlier.
The Swamiji who was deeply influenced by Nijaguna restored the cave where the latter spent his lifetime and also that of Muppina Shadakshari. Nijaguna Anubhava Mantapa was also built.
A strong believer in Dasoha tradition, the Swamiji had arranged mass feeding at Bhikshada mutt ( where the food will be collected from the house of devotees) at the hill.
The Swamiji was well versed in Kannada, Sanskrit, English and Tamil languages and was scholarly related to the likes of Kannada litterateurs like Kuvempu, Da Ra Bendre, D V Gundappa, V K Gokak and Pu Ti Narasimhachar.
The Swamiji had to his literary credit the scholarly works like- Bolu Basavana Bonthe, Parvati Pranaya Kalaha, Trishasti Purathana Stotra, Sri Shivakumara Charitam, Nireekshe to name a few.
It was Kumara Nijaguna Swamiji who introduced another scholarly saint Sri Siddeshwara Swamiji of North Karnataka to this part of Mysuru region.
The last rites will be performed at Nijaguna Anubhava Mantap, Chilakavadi, Kollegal taluk, Chamarajanagar at 2 pm.
– Team Mysoorunews