Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai to Consider Seers Request for ASI Inquiry into Peer Pasha Bangla Dargah


Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday he would consider a request from a group of Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers to conduct an investigation into the former ‘Peer Pasha Bangla Dargah’ at Basavakalyana in Bidar district. by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

In a joint letter to the Chief Minister, the seers claimed that the Dargah was the original ‘Anubhava Mantapa’ – the seat of the founder of the Lingayat sect in the state and the 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara.

The claim closely followed some Hindu groups alleging that the Jamia Masjid in the town of Srirangapatna and the Malali Masjid near the town of Mangaluru were originally Hindu temples.

“ASI will verify the claim that the Peer Pasha Dargah is located at the Anubhava Mantapa site,” Bommai said.

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“They (the clairvoyants) have also provided documents in this regard and these are going to be verified by ASI,” he added.

“The world’s premier parliament, Anubhava Mantapa, now happens to be the Peer Pasha Bangla (Bungalow), which requires immediate protection and investigation by ASI,” the seers said in the letter.

On Monday morning, seers led by Sharanu Salagar, BJP MP from Basavakalyana; and Pradeep Kankanvadi, President of Veerashaiva-Lingayat Sanghatana Vedike, visited Bommai at the CM residence.


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