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Eleshwara Ketayya

Full Name: Eleshwara Ketayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Eleshwaralinga
Kayaka (Occupation): Farmer (agriculture)


Whatever vow or vow you take
the feeling behind that should be pure.
Whatever you earn though fighting or agriculture, beggary or business
if you are pure within and without
then that body of devotee is the body of Eleshwaralinga.
[Vachana No.1602] [1]

Eleshwara Ketayya belongs to Eleri (Eleshwari) villae of Kalburgi district. Sayideviyamma was his wife. He was engaged in agriculture. He believed in the principle that ‘strict conduct protects the body, awareness protects the mind’. 74 vachanas have been found under the signature Eleshwaralinga. They underline the value of discipline and moral practice

Father inviting son and son inviting father
in-law inviting another brother-in-law
and thus the family itself feeding calling themselves jangama
are not worthy to be united with Eleshwaralinga.
[Vachana No.1606] [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.

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