Eye on Assembly polls, Rahul gets 'Linga deeksha' at Lingayat Math in Chitradurga

Chitradurga, Aug 3 (IANS): Focusing on breaking the dominant Linagayat community's allegiance to BJP in Karnataka, opposition Congress has started wooing the community ahead of Assembly polls in 2023.

Giving clear hints about the plans, former AICC President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday not only visited and sought blessings of Lingayat seer Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, but also got "Istalinga Deeksha" from him.

Rahul Gandhi, who reached Karnataka on Tuesday night, reached Murugha Math in Chitradurga and sought the blessings of Dr Shivamurthy Muruga Sharanaru. He also met another prominent Lingayat seer of Moorusavura Math and 20 seers belonging to different backward communities.

During the meet, the Congress leader asked Dr Shivamurthy seer on "Istalinga" (symbolic representation of formless God, in the form of shivling, presented by a guru and always worn on body by Lingayats).

Rahul Gandhi inquisitively asked questions on "Istalinga" or "Lingadeeksha". Dr Shivamurthy Sharanaru gave him a demo of how to practice the worship of "Istalinga". Dr Shiuvamurthy Sharanaru of Murugha Math stated that they have carried out "Istalinga" dharana for Rahul Gandhi.

"Rahul Gandhi asked about 'Basava' philosophy. He also with all the respect and love got the Vibuthi (bhasm) on his forehead. Got the "Istanlinga'' tied to his neck and asked for guidance to carry out its worship everyday" the seer said.

The swamiji further stated that this is today's big news. Rahul Gandhi stated that he would follow Basava philosophy henceforth. The "Istalinga" worshipping will bring down stress. "Rahul Gandhi asked himself whether he can get the 'Istalinga' dharana for himself and also expressed his happiness on the philosophy of Basava," he said.

D.K. Shivakumar, President of Congress party stated that Rahul Gandhi expressed his wish to visit Muruga Math of Chitradurga after coming to know about the activities of Dr Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru.

"The swamiji is striving to give education, power to all communities in the society. He is empowering them to organize themselves. After knowing this Rahul Gandhi Ji said he must visit the Muruga Math," he said.

Sources in the party said that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited prominent Lingayat seers during his last visit in Mysuru, Congress leaders want to counter it by Rahul Gandhi's visit to Muruga Math. Dr Shivakumara Murugha Sharanaru had extended his support to the Mekedatu agitation and participated with Shivakumar in protest marches.




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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Aug 04 2022

    First picture depicts Guru- Sishyan relation. Seer must have cracked joke on Rahulji's plans choosing a life partner and Rahul's smile express all !💃🕺

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  • Rajeev Shetty., Udupi.

    Thu, Aug 04 2022

    Wake up nation.... During 2012-2014 India was third largest economy in the world, now we are 158... Division of society in to Hindus, Muslims, Christians and trying to rule nation with Jumblagiri and..

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Aug 04 2022

    Temple seers blessings and prasda. Even Bommai went to Hanuman Temple and performing pooja and also promissed Rs 100 Crore to do some renovation work and also upgade the area for turistic purpose (main intention ?) Modiji is not less. So popular with general public but temple visits at various States is a must (especially during election times) pyaers do miracles. May be influecing peoples mind to chose a right leader and not leader who promisses at every election time. And people are still waiting for promissed 15 Lacs.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Picture speaks a lot. Swamiji is enjoying the company of a clean slate. For Rahul baba, desperate times, desperate measures on advise of party cadres.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Linga Deeksha?

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  • Kedhar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Hmmmm... First Gandhi to get Linga Deeksha. Now let us see if it helps him escape from ED Shikshaa.

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  • Preetham, Farangipet

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    For that he has to hop to BJP like many MLAs /MPs already have. No other option.

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  • CHANDRA, Surathkal

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Party will further loose votes. Dont bring this guy, wherever he went congress saw a downfall

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    he should consider taking ಸನ್ಯಾಸ ದೀಕ್ಷಾ ...

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  • srj, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    then what was bangkok trip for??

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bengaluru/Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    We have lots of respect and regards to Muruga Mata Swaimiji. Their contribution to education in our state is immense.

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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Heard he is changing his passport name back to "Rahul Gandhi" from "Raul Vinci

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Whwt about shezada jay shah's BCCI and IPL business ...why he is still IPL president even after end of tenure...sab changasee ..

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  • Sam, Mangalore/ bangalore

    Thu, Aug 04 2022

    Any problem anantha I mean sense shetty ?

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Belthangady

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Desperate to seek divine intervention to revive the Congress. Which God will help?

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  • krishna bhattt, MANGALURU

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Not desperate playing drama still look at his face, and reaction to swamiji

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  • Vincent, Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 03 2022

    Any God will help him provided he seeks it with faith and belief.

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