Karnataka, which is home to the maximum number of followers in the country, declared a three-day mourning in the state. Swami's body will be cremated on January, 22 at 4.30 pm, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy stated.
Fifteen people have died and at least 100 others are undergoing treatment after they consumed tomato rice served as prasad at Kichugutti Maramma temple of Sulavadi village in the district on December 14.
The issue of the recommendation of a separate religion status for the Lingayat community by the Congress government in Karnataka has been a central underlying issue in the Assembly polls, although the political parties themselves never raised it directly in their campaigns.
Karnataka Assembly Elections: The stakes were high. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah vacated this seat for his son, Yathindra, and Varuna was a keenly watched seat. Until late April, when Yeddyurappa announced his son would not contest.
Karnataka Assembly Elections: In Lingayat bastion where the Jan Sangh had stormed to power in the municipal corporation way back in 1976, Shettar, Nalwad and JD(S) candidate Rajanna Koravi all belong to the Lingayat community.
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: PM Modi will address a rally in Santhemarahalli town of Chamarajanagar district, where the party has never been very strong, as local leaders believe the BJP has the opportunity to make gains in the region.
Pattadevaru, president of Anubhava Mantapa, a spiritual parliament created in 12th century in Basavakalyan region of Bidar by Basavanna, the founder of Lingayat faith, had both BJP president Amit Shah and his Congress counterpart Rahul Gandhi call upon him recently.