Basaveshwar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the 12th century thinker, social reformer, saint and religious teacher, Basaveshwar. In 2014, the date of Basaveshwar Jayanti is May 2. He is the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. He was responsible for sweeping social changes in Karnataka and surrounding regions around 900 years ago.
A true humanist, Basaveshwar stood for the upliftment of the downtrodden and fought the evils that had crept into the Brahmanic Vedic tradition. He preached that there is only one Supreme Being and that is Shiva; and that all animate and inanimate are equal before the Supreme Being.
The equality of sexes and social justice, which was unheard in many parts of the world in 12th century, was introduced at the grassroots level of the Kannada society by Basavanna.
The philosophy and teachings of Basaveshwara has universal appeal and eternal value and it continues to inspire and attract millions of people.
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