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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Basava, BAsava, Baasava

  1. bull
  2. strong; virile
  3. a religious leader, philosopher and social reformer of the 11th century born in the Indian state of Karnataka, who served as the prime minister in the court of the King Bijjala, and was the founder of the Lińgāyata or Vīraśaiva school of Śaivism (also known as Bāsavānna).