A scholarly figure from Karnataka with a huge following in the state, Sri Siddheshwar Swami passed away on Monday, in his ashram. The seer of the Sri Jnana Yogashrama of Vijayapura was 81 years old.
Swamiji was known for his powerful speeches which earned him several followers from the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Deputy Commissioner of Vijayapura, Vijay Mahantesh confirmed that the final rites will be held at 5 pm, on Tuesday.
According to a report by Times Now, the seer had been facing several health ailments. Swami Siddheshwar did not consume any form of medication other than painkillers. He had been confined to a wheelchair for the last few weeks.
Following Swami’s demise, the authorities have officially declared a holiday for schools, colleges, and government offices.
Shri Siddheshwar Swamiji, Vijaypura Karnataka 🙏 @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/Ujcob51Bmk
— Guru S Hugar. (@guruhugar77) January 2, 2023
“I visited Sri Siddeshwar Swami of Jnana Yogashram and inquired about his health, received his blessings, and got information about his health from the doctor. I pray to God for a speedy recovery.” said the Chief Minister of Karnataka after meeting Swami on January 1.
Who was Sri Siddeshwar Swami?
Referred to as the ‘Walking God of North Karnataka’, Swami ji was born and brought up in Bijjaragi, Karnataka. He was known as a math seer by his guru, Vedanta Kesari Sri Mallikarjuna Mahashivayogi.
After dropping out of school in the 4th grade, Swami was heaviky influenced by Vedanta Kesari Shri Mallikarjuna Swamiji. Mallikarjuna ensured that his disciple got the best of education he could have recieved.
Through the course of his graduation, Siddheshwar became well versed with Sanskrit, Yoga, Vedanta, and Gita. Swamiji began giving lectures all across the state after this studies. The stressed on the messages of spirituality and that earned him several thousand followers in the Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Spiritual leader Siddheshwar Swamiji of Vijaypur has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi declining to accept the Padma Shri award which was conferred upon him. pic.twitter.com/UfQHUTgRFn
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2018
In 2018, He refused the Padma Shri award conferred upon him. “I don’t need titles, I am a sanyasi,” Siddheshwar said in his letter to the Prime Minister.