RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat condoles passing of 'Walking God' Pujya Siddaganga Sri Shivakumara Swamiji
Pujya Siddaganga Sri Shivakumara Swamiji, the head pontiff of five-centuries-old Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru, Karnataka attained Samadhi at 11.44 am on Monday. The 111-year-old Swamiji is also known as Nadedaduva Devaru (The Walking God).
Shivakumara Swami was diagnosed with a lung infection in December 2018 and was undergoing treatment. He was hospitalised on January 3 but was shifted back to the mutt.
In a condolence message, RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat said, “Our Nation in general and Hindu Society, in particular, has lost a great spiritual leader and social reformer par excellence.”
Full text of the condolence message
“I am deeply anguished by the passing away of Jagadguru Paramapujya Dr Shivakumara Swamy of Sri Siddaganga Mutt, who was considered as verily the God walking on earth. Our Nation in general and Hindu Society in particular has lost a great spiritual leader and social reformer par excellence.
Our second Sarasanghchalak parama pujya Guruji was very close to the swamiji and shared many spiritual and social concerns of our nation and society. The RSS remembers with deep reverence the long association it had with Swamiji and the blessings and support he bestowed on all our activities. I also, with all humility and reverence remember the close association he bestowed upon me. On behalf of RSS and myself I offer my revered homage to the departed great soul.”