- On May 3, 2022, the Prime Minister of India has paid tributes to Jagadguru Basaveshwara on the sacred occasion of Basava Jayanti .
- Basava Jayanti, the birth anniversary of renowned philosopher Basaveshwara, who founded the Lingayat sect.
About Jagadguru Basavanna
- Basavanna was a 12th century Kannada poet , philosopher and social reformer during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka, India.
- He was the founder of Lingayatism.
- He spread social awareness through his poetry, known as Vachanaas.
- Basavanna philosophy was based on the principles of Arivu (true knowledge), Ethos (right conduct), and Anubhava (divine experience), which brought about a social, religious, and economic revolution in the 12th century.
- He worked towards uplifting the underprivileged classes & women and believed that all humans are equal, irrespective of class, caste, creed, and gender.
- He gave two very important socio-economic principles:
(1) Kayaka (Work-Divine work)- According to this, every individual of society should take up the job of his choice and perform it with all sincerity.
(2) “Dasoha” (Distribution-Equal distribution)- There is no discrimination in vocations.
- Workers (executives) can easily make a living with their hard-earned money. -They should not conserve wealth or property for the future, rather they should use surplus money for the welfare of society and the poor.
Basvanna and Sharana Movement
- In this movement people from various castes and class wrotes poetry for Vachnass. This actually changed the very poetics of that age.
- These academicians and philosophers would congregate and share experiences and wisdoms of life.
- He also founded the Anubhava Mantapa, translated as the forum of experiences, an academy which included Lingayat mystics, saints, and philosophers.