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Vachana Bhandaari Shaantharasa (ವಚನ ಭಂಡಾರಿ ಶಾಂತರಸ)

Full Name: Vachana Bhandaari Shaantharasa
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Alekhanada Shoonya Kalinolagada
Kayaka (Occupation): Collecting and preserving Vachanas.


One can wash the dirt, can one wash the pure!
One can talk, can one know the unborn one?
One can do the worship, can one have the union with mystery?
One can bet about the battle, can one fight?
All those who talk of the Vedas, do they know Shiva?
fearing these mere words
Alekhanaada Shunya you turned to stone.
[Vachana No.2026] [1]

Vachana Bhandaari Shaantharasa looked after the vachanas written by the sharanas of Kalyaana. Writing down the vachanas dictated by others, collecting and preserving them seems to be his job. He was a Brahim by birth and after he came in contact with Basavanna he seems to have been drawn into Veerashaivism. To corroborate this there are some evidence in vachanas. 64 of his vachanas with the signature phrase Alekhanada Shoonya Kalinolagada are available.


[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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