Karnataka’s spiritual leader and humanitarian, Shivakumara Swami dies at the age 111

Karnataka’s spiritual leader and humanitarian, Shivakumara Swami dies at the age 111: Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru, who was Karnataka’s respected spiritual leader, died at the age of 111-year-old. He has been already in critical condition for the last 15 days. He died on Monday, 21 January 2019 at 11:44 am in Tumkur, Karnataka, India. His cremation will be done on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Shivakumara Swami: Sree Siddaganga Matha seer, known for his humanitarian work, passes away


  • Shivakumara Swami was a noted religious figure and humanitarian who headed the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru
  • He was being treated for lung infection and other age-related ailments for the last few months
  • The seer was 111-year old and was on life support system for the last one week

Shivakumara Swami  was born on 1 April 1907 in  Veerapura, Magadi, Kingdom of Mysore which is now in Karnataka, India. He was an Indian spiritual leader, humanitarian and educationist. In Karnataka, he was a Lingayat spiritual figure and was also the head of Siddaganga Matha. He was described as the most respected and honoured devotee of Lingayatism.

Lingayat seer Shivakumara Swami dies at 111, Karnataka declares 3-day state mourning

He also instituted the Sri Siddaganga Education Society and was also mentioned to as Nadedaaduva Devaru, by his followers, meaning walking God, in the state. He was also one of the oldest people living in India.

The State’s Deputy Chief Minister, G Parameshwara announced 3 days state mourning. Holiday is also declared in Karnataka on 22 January 2019, as part of the state grief.

In acknowledgement of his public-spirited work, the Swami was consulted with an honorary degree in 1965 of Doctor of Literature by Karnataka University. He non-stop continued his charitable work up to the age of 111. He is still known as “Trividha Dasohi”, as the server of Food, Values and Education.

Shivakumara Swami’s health was started deteriorating from past few years, on 25 June 2016, he was hospitalized with jaundice and after the full treatment he was discharged. On 12 May 2017, he was again hospitalized after being diagnosed with several different infections but finally improved his health after proper medical attention. Then again he was hospitalized in September 2017.

In the year 2018, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and gallbladder infection on 26 January 2018, but after a brief medical care he made a full recovery. But soon after few months, in June 2018, he was hospitalized yet again for a reappearance of gallbladder infection.

Due to the lung infection, he was diagnosed on 29 December 2018 and on 3 January 2019, he was yet again hospitalized. His condition started deteriorating, so he was placed on life support on 11 January 2019. He was not recovered fully, but due to Swami’s own will he was shifted back to Siddaganga Mutt on January 16.

Last week PM Narendra Modi also tweeted about Swami’s health, “His Holiness Shivakumara Swami is a remarkable personality and has positively impacted crores of lives through his outstanding service. The entire nation is praying for his speedy recovery and good health.”

On 21 January 2019, he was said to be in serious condition and on the same day he died at 11:44 AM.

Shivakumara Swami has also won honourable awards in his lifespan. On his birth anniversary in 2007, the Government of Karnataka presented Shivakumara Swami the significant Karnataka Ratna award, the uppermost civilian honour of the state. Whereas, in 2015, the Government of India awarded him the national award Padma Bhushan.

In the year 2017, the Government of Karnataka and his supporters pursued Bharat Ratna for him for his social contributions. Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, a week before Swami’s death, claimed for Bharat Ratna for the seer in appreciation of his public-spirited work.