Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-04-01 11:49 Bengaluru: Hailed as ‘Nadedaduva Devaru’, Dr Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga Mutt, Tumakuru, turned 109 today. To mark the day, the mutt has organised various religious programmes.Born to Honnappa and Gangamma on April 1, 1907 at Veerapura in Magadi taluk, Ramanagar district, Shivakumara swamiji completed his early education in Tumakuru. Later, he joined Central college, Bengaluru with Physics and Mathematics as optional subjects. However, he could not complete his graduation as he was appointed as successor of Uddana Shivayogi Swami in 1930. Dr. Shivakumara Swamiji was in-charge of Viraktha ashrama in 1930.When he took over the full responsibility of the mutt in 1941, there were less than 500 students in the institution. However, with his dedicated efforts, today, there are over 10,000 students learning in this institution. Today, he is the founder of 132 institutions - from nursery to colleges, IIT, management institutions and vocational training institutes.He is the pioneer in holding agriculture fair in the region to benefit farmers.To mark his centenary year celebrations in 2007, the Karnataka Government bestowed Swamiji with prestigious Karnataka Ratna award, the highest civilian award of the state. In 2015, he was awarded Padma Bhushana.