Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Mutt created a flutter when he announced that he would contest the Assembly elections in March 2018. Since he did not get ticket from the BJP, he filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate, becoming the first among the seers of the Ashta Mutts to do so.
However, he withdrew his nomination papers stating that he was doing so out of his admiration for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The seer knew swimming, played drums, and was trained in karate. He played drums with drummer Sivamani in Shiroor just a month ago, with whom he was planning to start a music school. A foundation stone for it was laid last month.
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