Current Affairs And News Analysis Of July 20

Demand for religion status for Lingayat gains momentum

Lakhs of people belonging to Lingayat community took to the streets in Bidar(Karnataka) with The demand for independent religion status for Lingayats.
Who are Lingayats?
There are two main religious streams in Hinduism — Shaivas and Vaishnavas. Veerashaiva is one among the seven sects of Shaivas. Both Shaivas and Vaishnavas uphold Vedas, Agamas, Shastras and Puranas and follow the Vedic religious practices. However, Lingayat religion founded by Basaveshwara vehemently opposed them.
Why they are Protesting?
Their demand is for independent religion status for Lingayats. Till now they are considered as part of Hindu religion. They claim historically it was founded as an independent religion founded by Basaveshwara in the 12th century. So they are demanding seprate religious status.
Where are Lingayats spread over?
Lingayats are spread across Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other States.

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