'Veerashaivas, Lingayats are Same'

Published: 25th January 2015 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th January 2015 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:Veerashaivas and Lingayats are one and the same, said historian and writer Prof Chidananda Murthy.

Murthy, also known as ChiMu, told reporters here on Saturday that a section of the Lingayat community is urging the Union government to make Veerashaivas a separate religion.

“Veerashaivas are one among the subcaste of the Hindu religion,” he said.

He added that saint Basavanna himself said that he became a Veerashaiva following Shaiva philosophy. 

Basavanna did not establish the Lingayat religion. He was a reformer. Lingayat and Veerashaiva are not two separate communities, Prof Murthy said.

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