Hadapada Appanna (ಹಡಪದ ಅಪ್ಪಣ್ಣ)

Hadapada Lingamma (ಹಡಪದ ಲಿಂಗಮ್ಮ)

Hadapada Rechanna (ಹಡಪದ ರೇಚಣ್ಣ)

Haralayya and Kalyanamma

Havinhaala Kallayya (ಹಾವಿನಹಾಳ ಕಲ್ಲಯ್ಯ)

Hemagalla Hampa (ಹೇಮಗಲ್ಲ ಹಂಪ)

Hendada Maarayya (ಹೆಂಡದ ಮಾರಯ್ಯ)

Hodehulla Bankanna (ಹೊಡೆಹುಲ್ಲ ಬಂಕಣ್ಣ)

Hunjina Kaalagada Daasayya

Kaadasiddheshwara (ಕಾಡ ಸಿದ್ಧೇಶ್ವರ)

Kaalakanniya Kaamamma (ಕಾಲಕಣ್ಣಿಯ ಕಾಮಮ್ಮ)

Kaalavve (ಕಾಳವ್ವೆ)

Kaatakutayyagala Punyasthree Rechavve (ಕಾಟಕೂಟಗಳ ಪುಣ್ಯಸ್ತ್ರೀ ರೆಚವ್ವೆ)

Kadira Remmavve (ಕದಿರೆ ರೆಮ್ಮವ್ವ/ರೆಮ್ಮವ್ವೆ)

Kalaketayya (ಕಲಕೇತಯ್ಯ)

Kannada Maarithande

Kannadi Kaayakada Ammidevayya

Kannadi Kaayakada Revamma (ಕನ್ನಡಿ ಕಾಯಕದ ರೆವಮ್ಮ)

Karasthalada Mallikaarjunadeva (ಕರಸ್ಥಳದ ಮಲ್ಲಿಕಾರ್ಜುನದೇವ)

Karula Kethayya (ಕರುಳ ಕೇತಯ್ಯ)

Keelarada Bheemanna (ಕೀಲಾರದ ಭಿಮಣ್ಣ)

Kethaladevi (ಕೇತಲದೇವಿ)

Kinnari Brahmayya (ಕಿನ್ನರಿ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಯ್ಯ)

Kola Shaantayya

Koogina Maarayya (ಕೂಗಿನ ಮಾರಯ್ಯ)

Kottanada Somamma (ಕೊಟ್ಟಣದ ಸೊಮ್ಮಮ್ಮ/ಸೊಮ್ಮವ್ವೆ)

Kushtagi Karibasaveshwara (ಕುಷ್ಟಗಿ ಕರಿಬಸವೇಶ್ವರ)

Gajesha Masanayya

Full Name: Gajesha Masanayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Mahaalinga Gajeshwara
Kāyaka (Occupation): Leather work(tanning and polishing leather)

Why need a sharp sword to kill the loved one?
Isn’t it enough to say ‘I don’t need you?
Isn’t it enough to dissolve like a hailstone?
Like pouring water at the base of a sand image
Isn’t it enough to dissolve with the loved one?
If separted from the Sharanas of Mahalinga Gajeshwara
I became like the fire doused in ghee
[Vachana No.1651] [1]

Gajesha Masanayya upheld the supremacy of Sharanasati, Linga-pati tradition. He hails from a village called Karjagi which belonged to Akkalakote province in Gulbarga district Karnataka. He had participated in the mystical discussions with the sharanas of Kalyaana. Then he moved to a village called Manahalli in Alanda taluk of Gulbarga district. He seems to have died there. It is evidenced by the existence of a temple in his name in the village. Gajeshwara of Karjagi was his personal god. His signature is -Mahaalinga Gajeshwara. Masanamma was his wife.

His vachanas preach equality between husband and wife. 70 of his vachanas are available. They reflect the intensity of wife- husband sentiment. Simple language, gentle feeling and poetic style have made his vachanas attractive. As such they are full of tender feeling of divine love. He believed that Linga worship and Jangama Dasoha should be performed with single minded devotion.

When the awaited lover comes home,
Tell me whom else should I think of?
But for enjoying the union
Tell me whome else should I think of?
Why the flood of thoughts?
Once seen Mahalinga Gajeshwara,
And when he calls,
Am I of a stone mind to be separted form him?
[Vachana No.1655] [1]

If the shadow of a higher caste person is seen in the river of untouchables Does the reflection become an untouchable? If a Sharana moves among the people of the mortal world Does be become polluted? Will not Mahalinga Gajeshwara destroy The words of worldly and Words of those who live only in the present? [Vachana No.1656] [1]

References

[1] Vachana in "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.
[2] Shivasharaneyaru, by: Shri Somashekhar Munavalli and Shri Siddhayya Puranik, 1994, Pub: Shree Basaveshwara Peetha, Karnataka University Dharwad-580003.
[3] Heaven of Equality, Transalted by: Dr. C. R.Yaravintelimath and Dr. M. M. Kalburgi, 2003, Pub: Shree Basaveshwara Peetha, Karnataka University Dharwad-580003.

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