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Indian government insulted the great revolutionist and social reformer Basavanna and his millions of followers by recognizing the Lingayat religion as one of the caste.Lingayat is the religion by itself.Lingayat should be considered as the religion.It is difficult to spread the religion to other parts of the world without getting the status of religion.

This website will speak of Guru Basavanna,the religion he created.. Lingayatism.

This also deals with the universial brother hood he preached, castism he removed, equality to women, life and work.

The site will also try to highlight the work of   " sharanaru" like akkamahadevi etc.

Anna Basavanna
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Kayakavey Kailasha !!!

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Basavanna and Lingayatism........

This website is dedicated to the social revolutionist Basavanna.This is an effort to highlight the work and principles of 12th century social revolutionist Basavanna.Basavanna should not be limited to the region or caste.His principles and practises should be introduced to the entire world.

Basavanna revolted against the religion and caste practises in the 12th century.He wanted the entire world to be with only one religion,where there will be no partiality among the people.He beleived that kindness is the origin of the religion.He did not advise to beleive in god,instead he advised to beleive in themselves,he advised to review their own soul.He struggled hard to eradicate the superstitions.Most of the people from different religion and caste converted into Lingayat religion during his period.He accepted madiga (untouchable during that period) into Lingayat religion and became the revolutionist.Unfortunately his work is limited to only karnataka(India).

Basavanna revolted against the religion and caste practises in the 12th century.He wanted the entire world to be with only one religion,where there will be no partiality among the people.He beleived that kindness is the origin of the religion.He did not advise to beleive in god,instead he advised to beleive in themselves,he advised to review their own soul.He struggled hard to eradicate the superstitions.Most of the people from different religion and caste converted into Lingayat religion during his period.He accepted madiga (untouchable during that period) into Lingayat religion and became the revolutionist.Unfortunately his work is limited to only karnataka(India).

          1. Prophet founde
          2. Lord Basavanna (1134-1196)
          3. Religious scriptures
          4. Vachana Literature
          5. Language of the religion    
          6. Kannada
          7. Name of God, the Creator
          8. Lingadeva
          9. Religious symbol
          10. A globular shaped emblem called Istalinga that is worn on body
          11. Holy religious place
          12. Kudala Sangama in Bagalakot district of Karnataka, where founder-prophet Basavanna erged with God (Lingaikya)

          13. Religious annual   congregation
          14. Sharana Mela -the annual mammoth congregation
                                                 (Just like Huz of Muslims) at Kudala Sangama. (January 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15)
          15. Religious custom
          16. Sharana Vrata
          17. Religious consecration
          18. Istalinga Diksha
          19. Religious centre
          20. Basava (Anubhava) Mantapa
          21. Rites and rituals
          22. Worship of Guru-Basavanna, Istalinga-globular Emblem, Jangama- holy person.
          23. Religious weekly congregation
          24. Sharana Sangama-weekly prayer
          25. Holy month
          26. Shravana
          27. Flag symbol
          28. Hexagonal star with Istalinga on Saffron coloured cloth.
          29. Heritage
          30. Sharana heritage started from Lord Basavanna with so many Sharanas and Shivayogis of Lingayat Religion.
          31. Religious fraternity
          32. Equality without any distinction of caste, creed, class or sex.
          33. Aim of Lingayat religion
          34. To build up a welfare state free from caste, creed, class and based on religious values.
            Lingayat religion founded by Lord Basavanna and followed by one lakh ninety six thousand Sharanas at His life time is a non-Hindu, non-Vedic Faith for the following reasons.

            1. Lingayathism has Lord Basavanna as its founder-prophet.
            2. Lingayathism is not based on the preachings of Vedas, Agamas, Bhagawadgita, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagawata, Puranas, etc. but based on Vachana literature which opposed four-fold caste system, untouchability, polytheism, inequality and preached equality, monotheism etc. and is the authoritative source of knowledge for Lingayats.
            3. Lingayat religion totally rejects Homa, Yajna and Sacrifice and opposes such rituals.
            4. Lingayathism is strictly monotheistic. Basavanna preached consistent monotheism which preaches belief in one only God who is all pervading, omnipotent, omniscient etc. He insisted to worship the only God in the form of globular Istalinga and nothing else.
            5. Lingayathism does not consider any such places on earth as holy and any river or pond as sacred and mere dip in water will absolve all sins.
            6. Lingayathism rejects these 5 pollutions. Pollution of birth, death, caste, menstruation and orts.
            7. Lingayathism has not believes in astrology, Vastushilpa, horoscope etc.

            Lingayathism disbelieves in four fold caste system i.e. 1. Brahmin. 2. Kshatriya 3. Vaishya. 4. Shudra & Untouchables (Asprushya) & considers this classification as man-made and advocates for horizontal type of society based on religions and social equality. . Lingayats have their own

            1. Metaphysics - Shunya Siddhanta
            2. Yoga - Istalinga Yoga given by Basavanna
            3. Mystic philosophy -Shatasthala
            4. Religious consecration - Istalinga Diksha through which any body can be taken into Lingayat fold.
            5. Religious fraternity - Equal treatment without any differentiation of caste, creed, class, sex etc. when once consecration is over.

            About Basavanna

            Viswaguru Basavanna, the Dharma Incarnate and the blessed child of Almighty bestowed the world with a new revolutionary  religion. He was born in the summer of 1134 A.D. the day and time in the traditional (almanac) calender being the Rohini period of the third Akshaya day of Vyshakha month, Anandanama Samvatsara (30-4-1134), to parents Madarasa and Madalambike belonging to a Shaiva Brahmin family of Ingaleswara Bagewadi in Karnataka State.  Since the boy did not agree with the blind beliefs and irrational traditions, he left the house, the parents and relatives in search of truth and knowledge and went to Koodala Sangama in Bagalkot District of Karnataka State and joined  Gurukula-educational centre there as a student.  He was a youth of 21 years, by the time he finished his studies on scriptures.  He was deeply pained to see ignorance, meaningless traditions, casteism and untouchability deep-rooted in the society and started thinking seriously to find out remedy for the same.

            On 14-1-1155 he had divine vision and was blessed when he realised that it was not correct to give human/animal form to God who is formless and that the universe,  the creation of God is
            hyperbolic in form and as such it is correct to worship God in the form of the universe i.e. hyperbolic form.  Thus he gave the concept of Ishta-Linga.  With the intention of making this concept as an instrument to overcome discrimination between caste, class, creed, sex etc., and transform them into Sharanas, Basavanna declared it as an emblem of the religion-Lingayatism.

            After revelation, Basavanna entered into his field of work at Basava Kalyana in Bidar District with fullfledged plan in his mind for the establishment of an ideal welfare society.  He married Sharane Neelaganga, the daughter of his maternal uncle, Baladevarasa and took the job of accountant in the palace of king Bijjala. Thereafter he rose to the position of Finance Minister and finally to the post of Prime Minister. He established the unique and glorious Anubhava Mantapa, an Academy of Socio-Spiritual and Religious experience and propagated the revolutionary religion, the religion accessible to all irrespective of their original caste or creed.  He was responsible for the flow of Dharma Ganga to every door and to the minds of all. Everybody who got initiated to his religion was treated equal. As an ideal example he encouraged a marriage to be solemnised between two families who embraced the new religion.  Originally, one family i.e. that of Sharana Madhuvarasa belonged to Brahmin and the other family. i.e. that of Sharana Haralayya belonged to cobbler.  This made the traditionalists very much upset and they instigated the king Bijjala to condemn and exile Dharmaguru Basavanna.  After Dharmapita Basavanna left Kalyana obeying the punishment-order given by the king, all the three, Haralayya, Madhuvarasa and Sheelavanta-the bridegroom were sentenced to death in a very cruel way.  They had a tragic end. Their eyes were plucked; legs tied together were dragged along in the open field by an elephant till they succumbed to death.  Thereafter the traditionalists hatched another plan to destroy the Vachana literature, the holy scriptures. But heroic mother, Akkanagalambike,  the enlightened soul Channa Basavanna and vindictive natured Madivala Machideva fought bravely to save the canonical scriptures to the posterity.  Today it is the esteemed treasure not only for Karnataka but for the whole world as well.

            Such a glorious personality-Viswa Guru Basavanna, the founder of Lingayath religion, a great prophet and the divine spell incarnate lived for 62years, 3months and 2 days and ultimately merged with Lord, the Almighty as camphor in the flame on Shravana Shuddha Panchami day of Nalanama Samvatsara (30-7-1196).

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            What's New?
            1. The former primeminister of India Mr Dhavegouda has insulted our religion by saying that Lingayaths eat beef.. we need to fight it out and show our unity .. we need to make him publicly aplologise for the same.
             

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