Welcome To Panchamasali Community
The “Panchamasali” sect amongst Veerashaiva Religion is wide spread in Southern India and is more concentrated in the Karnataka State. The people of this sect are Economically, Socially, Educationally and Politically backward. The feeling of this backwardness and sufferings were very much felt by the elders of the sects like 1) Sri. B.M.Hanamanala 2) Sri. S.V.Negali, 3) Sri. Basalingappa Bhuthe and others, which took initiative formation of “Karnataka Veerashaiva Panchamasali Sangha” (R) bearing Reg. No. 432/1994-95 under the leadership of founder president Sri. B.M. Hanamanal and their team on 02.09.1994. Since then, the said organization struggled to bring together the Panchamasali Samaja or sect, who are about more than 76 lakhs in Karnataka and 28 lakhs in other States who are wide spread not only in Karnataka but also in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu states, the majority of whom are living in rural areas as agriculturists and Agricultural labourers in a poor and backward condition, under one banner by forming Zilla Ghatakas, Taluka Ghatakas & Grama Ghatakas.
Recently in the year 2005 the entire Panchamasali Samaj People and the above said organization felt it necessary to have their own Jagadguru to lead and guide them Religiously, culturally, socially, educationally & economically. Therefore on 18.2.2008 the said organization and the Panchamsali Samaj Established “Veerashaiva Lingayath Panchamasali Jagadguru Peetha – 2008” which is based on “Veerashaiva Aithihasika Parampare, Samskruthika Hinnele, Vaicharika Nelegattina Thathvika Talahadi Hagu Siddhanta Adarisida Guru Viraktara Tathva Melaisida Jagatika Pra-prathama “Veerashaiva Lingayath Panchamasali Jagadguru Peetha – 2008”.
Veerashaiva Lingayaths are one of the majority religions in Karnataka. There are very many sub-sects in this religion such as Panchamsali, Banajiga, Javali, Maheshwara, Sadhu, Nonaba, etc to name a few. However 70% of the Lingayaths belong ot Panchamasali sub-sect.
Inspite of their impressive majority, Panchamsalis are economically poor and socially downtrodden. Majority of them are farmers and agricultural laborers who are inherently poor. Another reason for their backwardness is, they are not organized. Sensing this deficiency many leaders of this community made efforts to organize them in a proper way. Probably the first such effort was made by Sri B.M. Hanumanal way back in 1988 at Gadag. Due to his tireless zeal and hard work, the Panchamsasli movement slowly gathered momentum.