Previous Bahuroopi Chowdayya (ಬಹುರೂಪಿ ಚೌಡಯ್ಯ) Bhoganna (ಭೋಗಣ್ಣ) Next

Ballesha Mallayya (ಬಳ್ಳೇಶ ಮಲ್ಲಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Ballesha Mallayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Balleshwara
Kayaka (Occupation): A businessman


Glory is endless-that is your drum
Gives what is asked-that is your tabor.
Worshiped by the world and lord of creation-that is your conch
No other god-that is your damaru drum.
Piercing the mouth with trident that says 'Shiva does not haunt'
that is the drum of Balleshwaralinga in three worlds.
[Vachana No.1844] [1]

Ballesha Mallayya was earlier known as Mallashetty, a businessman belonging to Jam community and he embraced sharana way of life became Mallayya. He worshipped linga in the form balla or a measure used to measure the quantity of corn and became known as Ballesha Mallayya. 9 of his vachanas with the signature Balleshwara are available.

Do not hurt any creature.
Do not desire others’ wives.
Do not envy the wealth of others.
Do not fall at the feet of other gods.
When you follow these four kinds
do not say others are observing or not.
No one should hide Balleshwaralinga.
Otherwise, he will put you in great hell.
[Vachana No.1845] [1]


[1] "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.

Back to Index
Previous Bahuroopi Chowdayya (ಬಹುರೂಪಿ ಚೌಡಯ್ಯ) Bhoganna (ಭೋಗಣ್ಣ) Next