Basava Jayanthi

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Basava Jayanthi is traditionally observed by the Lingayats and is observed as a holiday in the Indian state of Karnataka. It marks the birthday of Basavanna, 12th-century poet-philosopher, and the founding saint of the Lingayat religion. It is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety all over south India, majorly in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.[1]


Basava took birth on third day of Vaisakha month of the Anandanama (Samvatsara) year in Rohini (Nakshatra) star. [year 1134 A.D.]. Since a new era began with the birth of the great prophet Basavanna, the people have adored that year as 'Basava Era' (Kan:ಬಸವ ಶಕೆ) [Date of Birth is 30 March 1134]. Today we can see all panchangas used the Basava Era count from Basava birth onwards in 2012 Basava Shake is 879.

Government of Maharashtra and Karnataka declared Government Holiday on Basava jayanti.


Vishwaguru Basavanna was a great revolutionary who established spiritual democracy called "Anubhava Mantapa" in the 12th century in India (Anubhava Mantapa - which is also called as the "FIRST PARLIAMENT CONCEPT OF THE WORLD". Its lead by Saint Allamprabhu), and gave practical solutions to all kind of problems mankind was suffering at that time. His teachings are time tested, scientific and proven. Basava-Tatva is never ending inspiration to achieve the welfare of mankind. Basava vachanas.

Kalabeda, kola beda, husiya nudiyalu beda
Muniya beda, anyarige asahya padabeda
Thanna bannisabeda, idira haliyalu beda
Ide antaranga shuddhi, ide bahiranga shuddhi
Ide namma koodala sangamanolisuva pari.

Translation in English:

Don't rob, Don't kill, Never ever lie
Don't get angry, Don't think negative about others
Don't self describe, Don't tease others
This is the way of self-respect, this is the way to get respected by the world.
This is the way of impressing my lord Koodala sangama deva.

Ullavaru shivalayava maaduvaru nanenu madali badavanayya
enna kale kamba dehave degula shirave honna kalasavayya
koodala sangamadeva kelayya sthavarkkalivuntu jangamakkalivilla

Translation in English:

The rich will make temples for Shiva. What shall I, a poor man, do?
My legs are pillars, The body the shrine, The head a cupola of gold.
Listen, O lord Koodala Sangama deva, things standing shall fall, but the moving will never perish.

Famous slogan of Basavanna... "Kaayakave Kailaasa" Meaning "Work itself divine heaven"


  1. ^ "Basava Jayanti celebrated". The Hindu, Bangalore. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 24, 2013.