Akka Mahadevi (ಅಕ್ಕ ಮಹಾದೇವಿ) was one of the early female poets of the Kannada language and a prominent personality in the. Akka Mahadevi was a twelfth century Kannada poet, saint, and mystic (c. Akka was the first woman to have written vachana in Kannada, and wrote them with. VJachanas of Akkamahadevi, one of the greatest Kannada poets of the twelfth At the same time Akkamahadevi’s vachanas are full of images of a journey.

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In fact it is here onwards that she becomes Akka, an elderly sister. Akka’s poetry explores the themes of rejecting mortal love in favour of the everlasting love of God.

Aika who first popularised the vachanas by translating them into a collection called Speaking of Siva.

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In the first phase she had renounced the worldly objects and attractions and in the second, discards the kwnnada object based rules and regulations and in the third phase she starts her journey towards Srishila, where her eternal lover Chenna Mallikarjuna’s temple locates.

Get your Free Bingo game offline and enjoy the best Bingo game out there! The Virashaivaites Mahadevj devotees were bold, revolutionary, and socially forward for their time. Akka Mahadevi’s works, like many other Bhakti movement poets, can be traced through the use of her ankitaor the signature name by which she addressed the figure of her devotion.

One of her lyrics, for instance, appears to record her experiences of leaving her place of her birth and family in order to pursue Para Shiva. Hindi Bhajan – Bhakti Kznnada. Allama shows her the further way of attaining the transcendent bliss of ultimate union with Lord Chenna Mallikarjuna. Account Options Sign in. Yet the term Alka “elder Sister”which is an honorific given to her by great Veerashaiva saints such as Basavanna, Siddharama and Allamaprabhu is an indication of her contribution to the spiritual discussions held at the “Anubhava Mantapa”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Her non-conformist ways caused a lot of consternation in a conservative society and even her eventual guru Allama Prabhu had to initially face difficulties in enlisting her in the gatherings at Anubhavamantapa.


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Tharu and Lalita also document a popular claim that a local Jain king named Kaushika sought to marry her, but that she rejected him, choosing instead mahdaevi fulfil the claims of devotion to the deity Para Shiva. As her devotion grew, her worship of Lord Shiva took on a madhurya form of devotion, where she saw the Lord as her only true love.

She talks about cuckolding the husband with Shiva and taking her lord shiva as her husband. Postcolonial scholar Tejaswini Niranjana criticised his translations as rendering the vachanas into modern universalist kkannada ready-to-consume by the West in Siting Translation Akka’s spiritual journey ends at Kadali the nearby thick forest area of Shrisaila Srisailam where she is supposed to have experienced union aikya with Chennamallikarjuna.

Akka Mahadevi

Read the best Basavanna Vachana in Kannada. Retrieved 18 September The Times of India.

For hunger, there is the village rice in the begging bowl, For thirst, there are tanks and streams and wells For sleep temple ruins do well For the company of the soul I have you, Chenna Mallikarjuna. Akka was a revelation here in that she pursued enlightenment recording her journey in vachanas of simple language but great cognitive rigor. Based on the use of her ankitaabout lyric vachans or vachanas are attributed to Akka Mahadevi. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Eshtu Sahasvantha Neene Balavantha. Akka Mahadevi describes her love for Lord Shiva as adulterous, viewing her husband and his parents as impediments to her union with her Lord. It is said that Mahadevi was married by arrangement to Kausika but later did not as the king disrespected some conditions set by her. Here, at the Anubhavamantapa, she took part in many spiritual discourses about philosophy kanndaa the attainment of moksha enlightenment.

Akka Mahadevi was known for her stunning beauty, and described as having long black sensual tresses of hair. She composed relatively fewer poems than other saints of the movement.

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Akka Mahadevi continues to occupy a significant place in popular culture and memory, with roads [14] and universities named after her. She rejected her life of luxury to live as a wandering poet-saint, travelling throughout the region and singing praises to her Lord Shiva. She is known to have considered the god Shiva ‘Chenna Mallikarjuna’ as her husband, traditionally understood as the ‘madhura bhava’ or ‘madhurya’ form of devotion.

The direct and frank lyrics that Akka Mahadevi wrote have been described as embodying a “radical illegitimacy” that re-examines the role of women, not just as actors with volition and will, but in opposition to established social institutions and mores.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Legend has it that due to her true love and devotion with God her whole body was protected by hair. It is commonly known that she took part in many gatherings of learned such as the Anubhavamantapa vafhana Kalyana now Basava Kalyana to debate about philosophy and attainment of enlightenment or Moksha, termed iin her as “arivu”.

Having vanquished the six passions and become The trinity of body, thought and speech; Having ended the trinity and become twain — I and the Absolute Having ended the duality and become a unity Is because of the grace of you all.