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Shankara Daasimayya (ಶಂಕರ ದಾಸಿಮಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Shankara Daasimayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Nijaguru Shankaradeva

Don’t be like the deer
the ascetic, the crow, the parrot.
It is disgusting to see
those that bounce around
are tormented easily
and roam through night and day.
If one is aware, one is sharana,
if one forgets, one is human.
Nijaguru Shankaradeva does not want
those who carry the dead rubbish
selling from place to place.
[Vachana No.2030] [1]

Shankara Daasimayya was a Brahmin. He was from Kadugallu (Skandashile) of Humnabad taluk of Bagalkot district. Shivadaasi was his wife. Many mideval Kannada texts like Shankara Daasimayyafla Purana, S hankara Daasimayyana Ragale, Basavapurana, and Chennabasava Purana narrate incidents of his life. They tell how he burnt the idol of Vishnu in Kalyaana, curbed the ego of Jedara Daasimayya at Mudanur, and obtained eye sight from shiva. 5 of his vachanas have been traced with the signature Nijaguru Shankaradeva.


[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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