Award Bharatha Ratna to Siddhaganga Shivakumara Swamiji!

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Shivakumara Swamiji was an Indian spiritual leader, humanitarian and educator. He was the head of the Siddaganga Matha in Karnataka. He also founded the Sri Siddaganga Education Society. He was referred to as Nadedaaduva Devaru (walking God) in the state.

The Swami founded a total of 132 institutions for education and training, that range from nursery to colleges for engineering, science, arts and management as well as vocational training. He established educational institutions which offer courses in traditional learning of Sanskrit as well as modern science and technology. He was widely respected by all communities for his philanthropic work.

The Swami's gurukula houses more than 10,000 children from ages five to sixteen years at any point in time and is open to children from all religions, castes, and creeds who are provided free food, education, and shelter (Trivida Dasohi). The pilgrims and visitors to the mutt also receive free meals. Under the pontiff's guidance, an annual agricultural fair is held for the benefit of the local population. The Government of Karnataka announced the institution of Shivakumara Swamiji Prashasti from 2007, the centennial birth anniversary of Swamiji. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, visited him at Tumkur and praised the initiatives of Swami in education and humanitarian work.

In recognition of his humanitarian work, the Swami was conferred with an honorary degree of 

Doctor of Literature by the Karnataka University in 1965.

On his centenary in 2007, the Government of Karnataka awarded Swami the prestigious Karnataka Ratna award, the highest civilian award of the state. In 2015 the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan.

Siddhaganga Swamiji should be awarded the highest civilian honor of India Bharata Ratna. Through this Petition, we urge the Prime Minister of India Sri. Narendra Modi and the President of India Sri. Ram Nath Kovind to honor Swamiji with the award immediately.