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Basaveshwara's memorial almost ready

T.V. Sivanandan

Kudalasangama Development Authority has spent Rs. 2 crore to build the memorial


Houses all around the structure acquired

Road built to ancient Sangananth Temple




Standing Tall:The memorial of the ancestral home of Basaveshwara at Basavana Bagewadi in Bijapur district which is ready for inauguration.

BASAVANA BAGEWADI (BIJAPUR DISTRICT): The dilapidated ancestral home of 12th Century social reformer Basaveshwara in this historic town has been converted into a memorial by the State Government and would be inaugurated on May 16, the birth anniversary of Basaveshwara, who spent his lifetime for ushering in a casteless and a classless society.

The State Government has extended formal invitation to President Pratibha Patil to inaugurate the memorial. Built by mixing the Persian, Islamic and Hindu style of architecture, it is a fitting tribute to the social reformer, whose philosophy bordered on socialistic society with no borders.

The memorial constructed by the Kudalasangama Development Authority at a cost of over Rs. 2 crore, is on the site where the old house constructed out of mud and boulders stood in a dilapidated conditions until a few years ago in a thickly populated Agrahara, dominated by Brahmins.

The houses around the historically important house where Basaveshwara spent his early days before he shifted along with his father Madarasa and mother Madalamika to Kudalasangama on the banks of the Krishna in Bijapur district, were acquired by the Government to build the memorial with a spacious parking space and an approach road. It wanted to connect it with the famous 5th century Sangamnath temple.

Minister for Minor Irrigation Govind Karjol who had taken special interest in the construction of the memorial and overall development of the Basavana Bagewadi told The Hindu that the Kudalasangama Development Authority had taken care to remove all the encroachments in and around the temple and widened the road. Besides constructing an auditorium and Kalyan Mantap, the authority had taken up the construction of a Yatri Nivas.

The idea of converting the ancestral house of Basaveshwara was first mooted when the late J.H. Patel was the Chief Minister and he was instrumental in giving the necessary financial sanction and administrative approval for the construction of the memorial.

Beyond redemption

To a question, Mr. Karjol said the house where Basaveshwara lived for a few years could not be saved as it was in a dilapidated condition with most of the mud walls collapsed and was in a state of neglect for centuries together.

The Kudalasangama Development Authority had taken up the task of converting the ancestral house of Madalambika, mother of Basaveshwara, at Ingleshwar village in Bijapur district, as a memorial.

A beautiful house has been constructed in traditional style using the locally available granites and the famous granite blocks from Hanumasagar in Koppal district.

A sum of Rs 1 crore had been sanctioned to construct this memorial, where Basaveshwara was believed to have been born. (Some claim that Basaveshwara was born in Basavana Bagewadi while others claim that Basaveshwara was born at Ingleshwar).

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