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thought for the day- pg 66- ASHTALAKSHMI STOTRAM (Page 54)

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When we visited this temple a few years ago we were before the Kali and there was a power failure which was restored within a minute.  Our driver told us that we got the blessings of the mother during the power failure.  We also felt extraordinary during that time which is memorable even now.  Thank you for sharing.

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Akka Mahadevi ( )
 was a prominent figure of the Veerashaiva Bhakti movement of the 12th century Karnataka.[1] HerVachanas in Kannada, a form of didactic poetry, are considered her most notable contribution to Kannada Bhakti literature.[2] In all she wrote about 430 Vachanas which is relatively fewer than that compared to some other saints of her time. Yet the term 'Akka' (elder Sister), which is an honorific given to her by great Veerashaiva saints 
She is said to have accepted the god Shiva ('Chenna Mallikarjuna') as her husband, traditionally understood as the 'madhura bhava' or 'madhurya' form of devotion.

she had said that she was a woman only in name and that her mind, body and soul belonged to Lord Shiva.


She rejected her life of luxury to live as a wandering poet-saint, traveling throughout the region and singing praises to her Lord Shiva.

She went in search of fellow seekers or sharanas because the company of the saintly or sajjana sanga is believed to hasten learning. She found the company of such sharanas in BasavakalyanaBidar district


Mahadevi is said to have refused to wear any clothing"a common practice among male ascetics, but shocking for a woman. Legend has it that due to her true love and devotion with God her whole body was protected by hair.


. 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'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

some of her famous vachanas

One of her famous vachana translates as

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 you be modest?

When all the world is the eye of the lord,
onlooking everywhere, what can you
cover and conceal?



hasivaadoDe bhikshaannagaLunTu tr.sheyaadoDe kerebhaavigaLunTu shayanake haaLudaegulagaLunTu chennamallikaarjuna deva aatma sangaathake neenenagunTu 

In translation:

If hungry, there's food in the town to beg for.
If thirsty, there are lakes, wells and streams.
To sleep, temple ruins are there.
Oh Lord White as Jasmine,
For company for the soul, I have You.


"The arrow that is shot should penetrate so deeply 
that even the feathers do not show. 
Hug the body of the Lord so tightly 
that the bones must be crushed to crumble. 
Weld to the divine until the very welding disappears. " 
- Mahadevi 






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thanks for sharing thala 

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There is a temple for Akka Mahadevi at Davangere.  Poojahs are being held regularly there.  Thank you for sharing.

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thank you thala for sharing

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It is really overwhelming to see Akkamahadevi vachan's here. Originally she was from a royal family and maaried toa king but she could not live there for long as there were restrictions about her pooja timigs which made her feel suffocated, hence she left teh palce and travelled on her foot long ways. She had lived with Basavanna, allmaprabhu many more who faught against castism... and called their body as the temple.

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many vachanas are not available on net
so selected a few and posted

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