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Jedara Daasimayya (ಜೇಡರ ದಾಸಿಮಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Jedara Daasimayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Ramanaatha
Kayaka (Occupation): Weaving


Earth is your gift.
Growing grains your gift.
The breezing wind is your gift.
How shall I describe
those who enjoy your gifts
and yet praise others Raamanaatha?
[Vachana No.1722] [1]

Jedara Daasimayya was born at Mudanuru in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. His father was Kaamayya and mother Shankari. Duggale was his wife. Weaving was his occupation.

Ox is your gift,
seed is your gift,
the ocean encircling is your gift,
how shall I describe
those who enjoy your gifts
and praise the others Raamanaatha?
[Vachana No.1722] [1]

He was proud that he had obtained treasure after offering clothe to lord Shiva. But Shankaradasimayya alerted him at the right time. Daasimayya is an outstanding vachanakaara and his 176 vachanas are available with the signature Raamanaatha. His compositions are terse, and they helped in formulating the terminology of sharanadharma.

Without a locking pin the cart will fall.
The locking pin is the basis of the cart.
For this cart called body full of arrogance
the words of devotees of Shiva is the locking pin, Raamanaatha.
[Vachana No.1735] [1]

Dasimayya’s vachanas basically tell us about the greatness of words of past masters and their significance, the discipline of conjugal life, equality of man and woman, greatness of guru, the intensity of physical hunger, importance of charity of god, the human proctivity to selfishness and satirize of the extremities of society. Devara Daasimayya has a respectable position in literary and religious fileds of Karnataka as he had conceived a great dream about a new religion, a new literary genre and a new way of life.

Can a donkey know the fragrance of musk?
Can a slave maid know who is guru,
who is elder, who is the best?
The wasted creatures without devotion,
what do they know about your people Raamanaatha?
[Vachana No.1737] [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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