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Basaveshwara was born in 1134 A.D. in the small town of Bagewadi of northern Karnataka. He was Prime Minister to king Bijjala who ruled from 1157 to 1167 over Kalyana. Basava was a philosopher, religious teacher and a social reformer. He fought against the caste system, strove hard to bring about reformation in Hinduism into which social evils had crept in and worked to establish a classless and casteless society. In commemoration of Basaveshwara, India issued this 5 rupees coin, on 23rd June, 2006, for general circulation.

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