Vijayavani has published a Coffee Table Book on Dr. Sri Shivakumar Swamiji, popularly known as Nadedaduva Devaru (Walking God of Tumkur Sri Siddaganga Mutt) and it is matter of immense pride for us to present it to our discerning readers of Vijayavani and to the devotees. This book was released at the shrine recently by Sri Anand Sankeshwar, MD, VRL Group.
The objective of this coffee table book was to capture the extraordinary life and deeds of Swamiji, who was instrumental in acquiring world recognition for the mutt. With his simple and systematic lifestyle, Swamiji set the temple on a new path after he became the peetaadhyaksha.
The history of Sree Siddaganga Mutt, in the last two centuries can be regarded as highly progressive due to two of its most revered, respected, humane, knowledgeable & wise religious leaders. The first is Sree Sree Uddana Shivayogiglu and the second His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji, the present Head.
Swamiji's Gurukula houses more than 8500 children of age group 5 to 16 years and is open to children from all religions, castes, and creeds, who are provided free food, education, and shelter. 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. He is also working hard on taking care of thousands of poor students, their fees and daily accommodation along with food.
Swamiji is himself a scholar and his mature views reflect in his social services. His determination and simple behavior is model for society as a whole. Through his great work, he has found a place in many hearts.
So, this coffee table book published by Vijayavani has been a tribute to Shree Shivakumar Swamiji, in order to emphasize the importance of his work and to motivate the youth of this country.