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New Anubhava Mantapa

  • IASbaba
  • January 19, 2021
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New Anubhava Mantapa

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture

In news 

  • 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.

Key takeaways 

  • 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

Basaveshwara

  • 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.

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