The founder of the Institute
Dr. H.H Shri Shivbasava Swamiji of Rudrakshimath, Belgaum was
one of the great souls of the 20th century. He was the 7th
Peetadipathi of his Math. His name is synonymous with the all
round development, imbibed with religious and cultural harmony.
The great Swamiji was not only a sage of great vision and
spiritual fervor but equally a staunch promoter of values and
ideals of high order. He has dedicated his life to the cause of
pious service to the mankind in general and lingayat community
in particular , by establishing 23 monumental institutions for
the benefit of the people particularly for the weaker section of
the society. Hw was a Pioneer in starting Prasad-Nilaya in North
Karnataka. His generosity, kindness and concern for others
particularly women are well known.
gratifying that Swamiji was awarded the Honorary D.Litt from
Karnataka University Dharar in 1989, in full recognition of
Swamijis saintly multifaceted, spiritual, religious, social,
educational and cultural services. He lived a long & fruitful
life of 105 years and he hence popularly known as 'Shatayushi'.