Head of Siddaganga Mutt, Tumkur
Sri Sri Sri Sivakumara Swamiji (Kannada:ಡಾ.ಶಿವಕುಮಾರ ಸ್ವಾಮೀಜಿ) (born 1 April 1907) better known as Shivakumara Swami, is a Hindu religious figure and humanitarian, who is the head of Sree Siddaganga Matha in Tumkur District, Karnataka, South India and founder of the Sri Siddaganga Education Society. He is described as the most esteemed adherent of Lingayatism. He was initiated into viraktashram order in 1930. Swamiji was born in Veerapura near Magadi Taluk. He studied English in college and is proficient in Kannada and Sanskrit. He has established educational institutions which offer courses in traditional learning of Sanskrit as well as modern science and technology. He is widely respected for his philanthropic work by all communities. In recognition of his humanitarian work, Sri Swamiji was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Karnatak University in 1965. He continues his humanitarian work at the age of 110. However, according to The Economist, as of September 2017, “He spends most of his time lying quietly on a modern hospital bed in a granite temple at Siddaganga“. He is also known as “Nadedaduva Devaru” (Walking God) in Karnataka. The Karnataka government also sought for Bharat Ratna for his social service.