Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to confer the title of 'Bharat Ratna' to prominent Lingayat community seer Sri Sri Sri Sivakumara Swamiji.
Sivakumar Swamiji is known as 'Walking God' in the state for his service to education and philanthropic activities.
Sivakumara Swami (111), runs educational institutions in Tumkur district of Karnataka. Around 9,000 students and 3,000 pilgrims are being fed every day in Siddaganga Math.
Last week, former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader S M Krishna has appealed to Prime Minister to confer country's highest award 'Bharat Ratna' Dr Shivakumara Swami.
In a letter to Mr Modi, he said that the Swamiji since last 8 decades has been serving the people, irrespective of caste and creed, by feeding free meals and lakhs of children were provided free education with boarding and lodging facility in the Mutt.