Karnataka's 111-year-old revered pontiff Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga mutt at Tumakuru returned to the mutt from Chennai hospital, where he recently underwent a liver operation, an official said on Wednesday.
The pontiff was flown to Chennai from Bengaluru on December 7 in an air ambulance for the operation to treat his liver and bile duct infection and was flown back after his recovery to Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Known among his followers as a walking god and an incarnation of 12th-century renowned social reformer Basava, the Lingayat seer is also the head of the Sree Siddaganga Education Society, which runs about 125 educational institutions in the state -- from engineering colleges to business schools.
The over century-old Swamiji has been in and out of hospitals of late for treatment of symptoms related to his advanced age.
(With inputs from agencies.)