Prominent Lingayat Leader Mathe Mahadevi Passes Away
The 73-year-old religious leader was was suffering from a respiratory ailment.
The 73-year-old religious leader was was suffering from a respiratory ailment.(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Prominent Lingayat Leader Mathe Mahadevi Passes Away

Maate Mahadevi, a prominent Lingayat leader and seer of the Basava Dharma Peetha in Karnataka’s Bagalkot, passed away on Thursday, 14 March.

She was being treated at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru. Hospital authorities confirmed to The News Minute that she passed away at 4:45 pm.

The 73-year-old religious leader was admitted to the hospital on 9 March and was suffering from a respiratory ailment. She was also suffering from a kidney ailment. She had come to the hospital with a similar problem five months ago and had recovered.

Her mortal remains will be kept for public viewing at Basava Mantap in Bengaluru’s Rajajinagar. It will then be taken to Kudalasangama for public viewing. Her last rites will be conducted on Friday afternoon, 15 March, at Kudalasangama.

Born on 13 March 1946, Maate Mahadevi had a Masters Degree in Arts before she began her tutelage of the Lingayat faith under renowned Lingayat seer Gurulingananda.

In 1970, she was installed as a jagadguru and became the first woman to be offered that rank in a Lingayat mutt.

She was one of the most influential leaders of the Lingayat community. She had travelled across the state to take influential mutts and their leaders into confidence for the separation from Hinduism.

(This article was first published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)

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