New Anubhava Mantapa
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture
- Karnataka Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the ‘New Anubhava Mantapa’ in Basavakalyan.
- It is the place where 12th century poet-philosopher Basaveshwara lived for most of his life.
- The ₹500 crore project would be completed within two years.
- The project would highlight the teachings of Basaveshwara.
- Basavakalyan is an important pilgrim centre for Lingayats.
- The New Anubhava Mantapa, will be a six-floor structure in the midst of the 7.5 acre plot and represent various principles of Basaveshwara’s philosophy.
- It will showcase the 12th Century Anubhava Mantapa (often referred to as the “first Parliament of the world”) established by him in Basavakalyan, where philosophers and social reformers held debates.
- The building will adopt the Kalyana Chalukya style of architecture.
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.