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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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.

Read the best Basavanna Vachana in Kannada. This dramatic situation of Kalyana Parva in Akka Mahadevi’s life is an indication of the beginning of the third phase of her life. A household name in Karnataka, she had said that she was a woman only in name and that her mind, body and soul belonged to Lord Shiva. Join the best religious and positive social network. 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.

Her extant Vachana poems vachanq form of spontaneous mystical poemsand the two short writings called Mantrogopya and the Yogangatrividhi are considered her most notable contribution to Kannada literature.

Bhakti recorded a rethinking of the ashrama dharma which suggested a stages-of-life approach that began with the pursuit of education and ended with the pursuit of moksha. Hanuman Chalisa HD Sound. From Wikipedia, the free ib. Built in Share via Whatsapp. She found the company of such sharanas in BasavakalyanaBidar district. Featured Vachanas at the top.

Akka Mahadevi

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. They communicated their perspectives on these and other matters through vachana. In fact it is here onwards that she becomes Akka, an elderly sister.


This world and that other, cannot manage them both. She composed relatively fewer poems than other saints of the movement. She rejected her life of luxury to live as a wandering poet-saint, travelling throughout the region and singing jannada to her Lord Shiva. In another verse, she expresses the tension of being a wife and a devotee as.

Akka Mahadevi is often compared to Mirabai. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Ishtu Dina ee Vaikunta. Retrieved 18 September 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.

Both Akka and Mirabai struggled to overcome their customary gender roles in order to unite with their divine lovers. Based on the use of her ankitaabout lyric poems or vachanas are attributed to Akka Mahadevi.

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She is seen today as a blazing social reformer, foremost to being a mystic and a poet. 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. Husband inside, lover outside. She was born in Udutadi, Karnataka to Nimalshetti and Sumati.

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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. Akka leaves Kalyana with this following vachana:. She went in search of fellow seekers or sharanas because the company of the saintly or sajjana sanga is believed to hasten learning.

Yet the term Akka “elder Sister”which is vaxhana 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”.


Her zkka, non-conformist ways were not easily accepted, but as time went on, her rebellious passion, rigorous devotion, and strength led her to being recognized as one of most prominent figures for female emancipation.

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 declared that Lord Shiva is her one and only husband.

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They disagreed strongly with certain orthodox Hindu practices such as caste practices, or the need to pray at a temple. I can’t manage them both.

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.

Akka Mahadevi was born in in Udutadi or Udugani near the ancient city of Banavasi in the modern Shimoga district of Karnataka state, India. When approached by King Kaushika for her hand in marriage, Akka Mahadevi reluctantly accepted, but only after the king agreed to her conditions of not interfering in her devotion to Lord Shiva or touching her in any way without her permission. To support Kannada language as well as promote vachanas, we have released Akkamahadevi Vachanagalu.

Get your Free Bingo game offline and kannaad the best Bingo game out there! Postcolonial scholar Tejaswini Niranjana criticised his translations as rendering the vachanas into modern universalist poetry ready-to-consume by the West in Siting Translation Account Options Sign in. She is in hindsight seen as an inspirational woman for Kannada literature and the history of Karnataka.

According to one popular and widely-accepted legend, she soon caught the eye of a local Jain king, Kaushika. She talks about cuckolding the husband with Shiva and taking her lord shiva as her husband.