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Madivala Maachideva

Full Name: Madivala Maachideva
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Kalidevaradeva
Kāyaka (Occupation): wash the clothes of the sharanas
Speciality Veer Ganaachaari

Sharane Satyakka

Madivaala Maachideva was a sharana with heroic loyalty. He was born at Devara Hipparagi in Bijapura district of Karnataka, India. His occupation (Kayaka) was to wash the clothes of the sharanas. He worked at Kalyaana. He taught Nuliya Chandayya the importance of Ishtalinga.

What if you are out of the web of desires and you have not given up anger?
What if you are out of noose of anger and you are still in the web of maya?
Show me those united with linga
And are out of these three nooses, Kalidevaradeva.
[Vachana No.1886] [1]

He is a great warrior of the 12th century saint, when the sharanas left from Kalyana to Uluvi he fought valiantly against King Bijjala's army to protect manuscripts of Vachanas written by Sharanas and snatched from army clutches who intended to burn these sharana literature. He died on the way to Ulavi at Karimane near Murgod in Belgaum district Karnataka. Several inscriptions mention his name. 354 of his vachanas have been found with the signature Kalidevaradeva.

Madivala Machideva was the coeval Sharana of the Guru Basaveshwara. He fought against the communal forces which intend to destroy the Vachana literature during the Kalyana Kranti. His was a washer man at kalyan. He also contribute a lot to define rectify the daily practice of Lingayath ethics. In his Vachana he specify Basaveshwara invented Guru (preceptor), Linga , Jangama (Priest), Prasada (Grace of God, holly food, Phala/return for the good deed) and even seven worlds. In another Vachana Madivala Machideva witness the historical truth in a beautiful manner along with other essential aspects Basava Kalyan.

Bringing a stone and making an idol out of it
The sculptor became guru, stone became disciple.
Guru who does not know the past or origin
And the disciple who does not know future
And how to receive teachings
Both are like stone and sculpture kalideva.
[Vachana No.1893] [1]


[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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