|Glimpses of Basava Utsav 2011 from Ther Maidan, Basavakalyan|
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A true visionary with ideas ahead of his time, he envisioned a society that flourished enriching one and all. In addition to being a great mystic, Basava was the Prime Minister of the Southern Kalachuri Empire in South India and originated a literary revolution by introducing Vachana Sahitya. Basava is said to have been a mystic by temperament, an idealist by choice, a statesman by profession, a man of letters by taste, a humanist by sympathy, and a social reformer by conviction. Many great yogis and mystics of the time joined his movement enriching it with the essence of divine experience in the form of Vachanas (Lit. sayings - sacred hymns in Kannada) that define a new way of looking at God and life.
Basava's path later gave birth to a new religion (or "Sampradaya") called Lingavanta Dharma or Lingayata . Other synonyms for lingayata are: Basava Dharma, Sharana Dharma, Vachana Dharma.
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