Dr. Sree Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji
() (born April 1, 1907) is the present head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur District
, South India
and founder of the Sree Siddaganga Education Society. 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
. He has established educational institutions which offer a 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, Sree Swamiji was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature
by Karnatak University
in 1965. He continues his humanitarian work even at the age of 104.
Contributions to society
Swamiji's Guru Kula houses more than 8500 children of age group 5 to 16 years and is open to children from all religions
, and creeds
, who are provided free food, education, and shelter. Under the pontiff's guidance, annual agricultural fair is held for the benefit of the local population. Karnataka
state government has announced to institute Shivakumara Swamiji Prashasti
from the year 2007, the centennial year of Swamiji. Dr. A.P.J Kalam, the former President of India
visited him at Tumkur and praised the initiatives of Swamiji in education and humanitarian work.