A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Hanagal Kumaraswamy, founder of All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha :
Issued by India
Issued on May 19, 2017
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Shri Hanagal Kumaraswamiji.
Stamp/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Ms. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 351590
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Hangal Kumareswara
Born on 11 Sep, 1867 at Joyisara Haralahalli, Haveri district, Karnataka, India
Died on —
- In the spiritual realm, where nothing can be measured by dimensions, what stands high is a Saint, who left a legacy and a path for all to follow, an enlightened being and as embodiment of love and wisdom, the most revered His Holiness Shri Kumaraswamiji of Hanagal. Swamiji was an exemplar of simplicity and humbleness and was a seer of the future who played a key role in shaping the society. He was a visionary who understood the needs of the society and a true master of life and beyond.
- Shri Kumaraswamiji of Hanagal was born on 11th September 1867, into a pious family in Joyisara Haralahalli vintage which is a part of Haveri District of Karnataka. He was named “Halaiyya” by his loving parents, Shri Basavayya and Smt. Neelamma. Swamiji showed the signs of an extraordinary mystic at a very tender age. He was a brilliant student at school but was more interested in spiritual subjects. By the time he was in 7th grade, his mind had turned completely into spirituality.
- With a thirst for the knowledge, Swamiji read various scriptures. He became adept in the most important six scriptures. The wisdom he gained led him to a spiritual transformation inspired him to seek more. Swamiji went to the renowned Siddaroodha Math in Hubli, where he met the enlightened master His Holiness Siddaroodha Swamiji. Under his guidance, he chose the path of renunciation for his spiritual endurance.
- Swamiji had received initiation from Yelandoor Basavalinga Shivayogi. However, he prepared himself for ‘Anusthana’, the process of awakening the inner self which leads to complete enlightenment. For this, Swamiji spent 12 years meditating and worshipping ‘Ishtalinga’ in a cave in the hills of Shambhulinga Betta in Kollegala District of Mysuru. He went back to North Karnataka filled with profound love, wisdom and enlightenment.
- Shri Kumaraswamiji served the Hanagalla Virakta Math as a monk. India was under the hold of the British then and this had affected the social life of the people in adverse ways. What touched him most was the fact that the children weren’t getting enough education. In this context, Swamiji established the All India Veerashaiva / Lingayat Mahasabha in 1904 and the Shivayoga Mandira in 1909. These institutions were later called “the eyes of Karnataka” for their contribution to the society in the field of education.
- During the British reign, he and his disciples set an example by wearing Khadi all the time, thus motivating Indians to choose Khadi.
- Swamiji’s efforts were not only for the humankind but also towards animals and nature. The Goshala established by Swamiji is an organization which aims at the protection and well-being of cows. This dedicated center which started 110 years ago, still runs with the same focus providing shelter for about 500 cows. Swamiji also gave great importance to healthy living. Swamiji made Yoga Compulsory for Sanyasis in has institution. With his efforts reaching all walks of life, Swamiji was sure of his mission and its results.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.