Is it not a wonder to see that ignorance Is Driven away by the force of knowledge Darkness is destroyed by the strength of light Falsehood is dispelled by the vigour of truth The baseness of metal vanishes at the touch Of philosopher’s stone. I shook off my Further births by imbibing spiritual knowledge from the saints of lord Kudala Sangama
H.H. Dr. SHIVABASAVA SWAMI JI
The founder of the Institute H.H. Dr. Shivabasava Swamiji of Rudrakshimath, Belgaum was one of the greatest souls of 20th Century. He was the 7th Peethadhipathi of this Math. The great Swamiji was not only a sage of great vision and spiritual fervor but equally a staunch promoter of values and ideals of high order. He dedicated his life to the cause of pious service to the mankind in general and Lingayata community in particular, by establishing 23 monumental institutions for the benefit of the people, especially for those belonging to the weaker sections of the society. He was the pioneer in starting Prasad-Nilayas in North Karnataka. His Generosity, kindness and concern for others particularly for women and children is well known. It is gratifying that the Swamiji was awarded the Honorary D. Litt from Karnataka University, Dharwad in 1989, in full recognition of his saintly touch and phenomenal contribution in the areas of spirituality, religion, education, culture and social welfare. Deeply religious yet progressive in outlook, he always strived for cultural harmony and peaceful coexistence among people of all races and creed. He lived a long and fruitful life of 105 years and hence he is popularly known as ‘Shatayushi’.
H.H. SHRI PRABHU SWAMIJI
H.H. Shri Prabhu Swamiji, the 8th Peethadhipathi of this Math, also successfully continued the activities under the divine guidance of his predecessor H.H. Dr. Shivabasava Swamiji. He was an embodiment of simplicity, creativity, spirituality, modesty and untiring selfless activities. Having earned his M.A. Degree in Sanskrit from Maharaja’s Sanskrit College, Mysore, he was the pontiff of the Nagnur Rudrakshimath from 1961 to 1987. With his foresight, he founded a number of Educational Institutions and also started the centre for the competitive examinations in the cosmopolitan cities of Bangalore and Delhi. Unfortunately because of his unexpected and untimely demise, we are deprived of his noble guidance and selfless service. He is remembered with reverence and gratitude for his futuristic thinking and dedicated service.
Dr. SIDDHARAM SWAMIJI
On the demise of Swamiji in 1994, His Holiness Siddharam Swamiji succeeded as the sole trustee. Swamiji, the 9th Peethadhipathi of the Rudrakshimath Naganur, is a brilliant scholar and a Post Graduate from Banaras Hindu University. He is a visionary and a committed divine personality, rendering yeoman service in the field of education. His Holiness has founded many new institutions to the needs of the present day society,namely S.G.Balekundri institute of Technology, a milestone in the history of the math , Bed college for woman in Belagavi,a composite Bed college and a composite highschool in Dharwad, old peoples home age at kudachi ,Vachana Adhyana Kendra a frontier institution for the study and research of Lingayata literature ,a monthly magazine “Lingayat Darshana”is kannada to enlighten the people about the contributions of 12 th century Shivasharanas to the human race, etc. He is a voracious reader, prolific writer, powerful orator and a veritable environmentalist. In recognition of his service Rani Channamma University, Belagavi conferred on him the Honorary Doctorate Degree in the month of February, 2013.