Basava Samithi is one of the major representative organizations in the world, exclusively meant for propagating the teachings of Mahatma Basaveshwara and other contemporary Sharanas of the 12th century. Since the Sharanas desire the well-being of all human beings, irrespective of caste, colour, creed and religion, it is believed that the noble concept of wishing the well-being of everyone needs to be propagated throughout the length and breadth of the country, and across the world. Therefore, the Basava Samithi organization stands for these noble causes, uniting the mankind, to work as a federation for all the like thinking organizations in the world.
Basava Samithi was founded in the year 1964 by Dr. B. D. Jatti, former president of India, with a clear vision as an egalitarian society based on the principles of Mahatma Basaveswara. The co- founders of the institution include the highly respected members of the society, such as, HH Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, Pujyashri Ratnavarma Heggade, Dr. R. R. Divakar and personalities from other states like, Maharastra, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. In order to develop the Basava Conspicuousness, they embarked on a Padayatra from Hampi to Basavakalyan. In addition, they also undertook the 8 centenary celebrations of Basava Jayanti throughout the country. Basava Samithi was responsible for getting the Koodala Sangama Development Board by presenting the Mudnal report. They extended the activity even through the British Broadcasting Corporation. Every year on Basava Jayanti, the Basava Samithi has been inviting the Chief Ministers and Governors of various states, in order to mark the importance of the Samithi, and thereby become a premier institution. Basava Samithi established its headquarters in the central part of Bangalore, so as to conduct & inspire other basava organizations. Over the last 50 years of the history of Basava Samithi, we had the honour of inviting personalities like, Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, His Excellency K. R. Narayanan, the vice-presidents of India and many others. Along with the social activities, the Samithi initiated the literary activities by publishing over 300 valuable books in different languages. The Samithi established a research center with a valuable library in the heart of the city. Incessantly, the Basava Samithi set in motion the society by establishing basava centers in Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. Furthermore, the Basava Samithi got the Basava coin released by the Govt. of India, which is an historical event. Extending its activity, the Samithi instigated the mission of translating 2500 vachanas of the 173 sharanas into all the 23 recognized languages of India. In addition, the Samithi participated in countries overseas including, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In order to develop ‘Basava Consciousness’ in youngsters, the Samithi conducted various seminars, conferences, and programmes on vachanas. In future, the Basava Samithi contemplates to translate the vachanas into the foreign languages as well.