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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Read the best Basavanna Vachana in Kannada. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She rejected her life of luxury to live as a wandering poet-saint, travelling throughout the region and singing praises to her Lord Shiva.

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Women Saints in Medieval South India”. Retrieved xkka April Account Options Sign in. Her extant Vachana poems a form of spontaneous mystical poemsand the two short writings called Mantrogopya and the Yogangatrividhi are considered her most notable contribution to Kannada literature. She composed relatively fewer poems than other saints of the movement. Both Akka and Mirabai struggled to overcome their customary gender roles in order to unite with their divine lovers.

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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.

This section needs additional citations for verification. Journal of the American Oriental Society. In the first phase she had renounced the worldly objects and attractions and in the second, discards the entire 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.


Akka Mahadevi – Wikipedia

The Virashaivaites Shiva devotees were bold, revolutionary, and socially forward for their time. Featured Vachanas at the top. Akka was the first woman to have written vachana in Kannada, and wrote them with great spiritual depth and passion.

Akka was a revelation here in that she pursued enlightenment recording her journey in vachanas of simple language but great cognitive rigor. She was born in Udutadi, Karnataka to Nimalshetti and Sumati.

Akka’s poetry explores the themes of rejecting mortal love in favour of the everlasting love of God. Yet the term Akka “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”.

She is in hindsight seen as an inspirational woman for Kannada literature and the history of Ak,a.

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.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Here, at the Anubhavamantapa, she took part in many spiritual discourses about philosophy and the attainment of moksha enlightenment. Hindi Bhajan – Bhakti Geet. Ramanujan who first popularised the vachanas by translating them into a collection called Speaking of Siva. She talks about cuckolding the husband with Shiva and taking her lord shiva as her husband. Akka Mahadevi was known for her stunning beauty, and described as kabnada long black sensual tresses of hair.

Her vachanas also talk about the methods that the path of enlightenment demand of the seeker, such as killing the ‘I’, conquering desires and the senses and so on. During a time of strife and political uncertainty in the 12th. Built in Share via Whatsapp. Join the best religious and positive social network.


When all the world is the eye of the lord, onlooking everywhere, what can you cover and conceal? According to one popular and widely-accepted legend, she soon caught the eye of a local Jain king, Kaushika.

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 to fulfil the claims of devotion to the deity Para Shiva.

Ramanujanwho interprets it mahxdevi ‘Lord white as jamine’. Allama shows her the further way of attaining the transcendent bliss of ultimate union with Lord Chenna Mallikarjuna. People, male and female, blush when a cloth covering their shame comes loose When the lord of lives lives drowned without a face in the world, how can vachan be modest?

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. Retrieved from ” https: It is commonly known that she took part in many gatherings of learned such as the Anubhavamantapa in Kalyana now Basava Kalyana to debate about philosophy and attainment of enlightenment or Moksha, termed by her as “arivu”.

Akka Mahadevi continues to occupy a significant place in popular culture and memory, with roads [14] and universities named after her.