What are the Lingayats demanding in Karnataka ahead of crucial assembly polls


lingayat1The Lingayats in Karnataka have demanded that they be categorised as a religious group separate from Hindus. Though they worship Shiva, they say that the concept of Ishta Linga or personal God, they cannot be attributed to the Hindu way of life. They cite the rules prescribed by the 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara who had defied the caste system and vedic rituals.

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