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Veeragollala (ವೀರ ಗೊಲ್ಲಾಳ)

Full Name: Veeragollala
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Veerabeereshwara Linga
Kayaka (Occupation): A shepherd


The stone is not linga
it breaks at the edge of chisel;
the tree is not god, it burns in fire;
clay is not god, it melts in water.
the mind that knows all these is not god;
coming within the power of the senses
it has lost its value.
Thus the way to preserve the Thing is:
not to associate with all and sundry;
not mixing the ritual one adheres with something else;
not dealing with any other than the true linga one believes in.
Such a one is he
whose whole self is linga;
he is the sharanas
who is within Virabeereshwaralinga.
[Vachana No.2027] [1]

Veeragollala belonged to Golageri village in Sindagi taluk of Bijapur district. His original name was Kaatakuta. He was a shepherd. He has earned fame as a devotee of Shiva. Several texts have recorded his story. 10 of his vachanas with the signature Veerabeereshwara Linga have been found. Because of his innocent nature, he has earned a permanent place in the minds of the common people. There is a temple in his name in Golageri and yearly festival takes place in his honor.


[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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