Basava Jayanthi: Birth anniversary of Vishwaguru Basaveshwara
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Ancient Indian history; Socio-cultural reform movements
- Recently, The Prime Minister of India greeted the people on Global Basava Jayanthi
- It is celebrated on April 26 to honour the birth of Vishwaguru Basaveshwara.
Important value additions:
- He was born in Bagevadi (of undivided Bijapur district in Karnataka) during 1131 AD.
- He was the 12th century philosopher and social reformer who gave a unique spiritual path to mankind.
- He is the founding saint of the Lingayat sect.
- His spiritual discipline was based on the principles of:
- Arivu (true knowledge),
- Achara (right conduct),
- Anubhava (divine experience)
- His practical approach and act of establishment of ‘Kalyana Rajya’ (Welfare state) brought a new status and position for all the citizens of the society, irrespective of class, caste, creed and sex.
- He established the Anubhava Mantapa, which was a common forum for all to discuss the prevailing problems of socio, economic and political areas.
- It was the first and foremost socio-religious Parliament of India.
- On 14th November 2015, the Prime Minister of India also inaugurated the statue of Basavanna along the bank of the river Thames at Lambeth in London.