Tributes were paid to 12th century reformer Lord Basaveshwara on the occasion of Basava Jayanti here on Tuesday. At a function organised by the district administration in association with the zilla panchayat and the Department of Kannada and culture, Deputy commissioner M. Deepa paid homage to Basaveshwara. Members of the Basava Kendra sung Vachanas written by Basaveshwara.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer B.C. Satish, Superintendent of Police Sangeeta G., Additional Deputy Commissioner Suresh Itnal, Rangayana administrator K.S. Channur, Public Relations Officer of the Department of Information Manjunath Dollin and others also paid tributes. Later, Ms. Deepa garlanded the statue of Basaveshwara located at Alur Venkatarao Circle here.
In another programme organised by the BJP, party leaders, including Pralhad Joshi, MP, the former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and others garlanded the statue of Basaveshwara located at the Kadapa Maidan Grounds. They remembered the services that Basaveshwara rendered to society and his role in reforming it.
Murugha Math seer Mallikarjun Swami flagged off a colourful procession as part of the event on the Ulavi Chennabasava temple premises. A large number of devotees participated in the procession which passed through the major streets of the city. Several religious and educational institutions, voluntary organisations too organised Basava Jaynati programmes.