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Shivalenka Manchanna (ಶಿವಲೆಂಕ ಮಂಚಣ್ಣ)

Full Name: Shivalenka Manchanna
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Ishaanyamurthy Mallikarjunalinga


Embracing linga with body’s warmth,
seeing linga to eyes’ satisfaction,
worshiping linga till hands are satisfied.
knowing linga in the heart within,
experiencing joy without interruption,
one should unite with Ishaanya Mallikaarjunalinga.
[Vachana No.2032] [1]

Shivalenka Manchanna belonged to a family of scholars from Kashi. He came to Kalyaana and became a sharana. Urilingencira was his disciple. 132 of his vachanas with the signature phrase Ishaanyamurthy Mallikarjunalinga have been traced. Several texts tell us how he defeated religious opponents and upheld the supremacy of Shiva and how he traveled to various places.

Is it daasoha, doing kaayaka with least labour,
with least agony physical or mental,
serving the jangama the food brought by deception?
Be it any kaayaka,
all things, with breath being the last and riches being the first,
served with purity of heart to guru and jangama,
and served to all the wearers of linga with equal proportion,
would bring content to Ishaanya Mallikaarjunalinga.
[Vachana No.2033] [1]

You became the tongue to taste flavor;
you became the nose to smell fragrance;
you became the eyes to see form;
you became the ears to hear sound;
you becamee the skin to feel touch;
thus staying in the heart of my body,
O Ishaanyamurti Mallikaarjuiialinga;
you became the five-faced one.
[Vachana No.2040] [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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