Basava Jayanti (Basaveshwara Jayanthi) is the birth anniversary of Basavanna, the founding saint of the Lingayat sect in Karnataka and some parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. In 2013, Basava Jayanti date is May 12/13. It falls on Akshaya Tritiya, Shukla Paksha Tritiya in Vaishakha Masam. Basava Jayanti is celebrated with utmost gaiety in Karnataka.
Basaveshwara (Guru Basavanna: 1134 – 1196) was a 12th century’s philosopher and social reformer from Karnataka. He was the founder of Lingayat sect and is also referred to as ‘Bhakti Bhandari’ (Champion of Devotion).
In 2012, Basava Jayanti date was April 24.