Friday, August 19, 2016


Sunday 14th August 2016

Uduthadi or Uduthani, where Akka Mahadevi was born,  was just abot 15 km from BalliGavi, So we proceeded to the place to see the premises.

It's a large compound with a nice garden, with diplays of Vachana's on the driveway inside the premises. The building is a relatively new one and we spent about 15min going round the place.

Temple at Uduthadi
AKKA MAHADEVI (1130 - 1160)is the earliest female poets in Kannada Language, in 12th Century. She was a prominent personality in Veerashaiva Bakthi Movement and her spontaneous mystical poems, called Vachanas (430) are notable contribution to Kannada Literature.

One of Akka Mahadevi's Vachana
She has considered Lord Shiva (Chenna Mallikarjuna) as her husband, in the form of devotion.

Akka's poetry explores the themes of rejecting mortal love in place of everlasting immortal love for God. Her vachanas talk about the methods of enlightenment, killing "I"  (Nanu) for conquering the desires.

Moorthy of AkkaMahadevi at Uduthadi
It is believed that due to her devotion and true love for God, her whole body was protected by hair.

She becomes Akka (Elder Sister) at AnubhavaMantapa with Sharanas like AllamaPrabhu, Basavanna, Chenna Basavanna, Kinnari Bommayya, Dasimayya.

Her spritual journey ends in Kadali, nearby thick forest area of SriShaila  where she was supposed to have been experienced union (Aikya) with Chenna Mallikarjuna.

written Saturday 20th August 2016

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