Other Sharanas


Time: (c. 1165 ). No of Vachanas: 403. Pen name:  Saurashtra Someshwara – This  indicates that he came from Saurashtra, in Gujarat.

31.Kailasa is found right here
110. None other than me

Aaydakki Lakkamma

Time: (c. 1160 ), wife of Aayadakki Marayya.
No of Vachanas: 25. Pen Name :Mareshwara-priya Amareshwara Linga

88. Work with a clean mind

Aayadakki Marayya:

Time: (c. 1160 ). No of Vachanas: 32. Pen name Amareshwara Linga. His Vachanas are mainly devoted to Kayaka and Daasoha.  He did the Kayaka of gathering grains. He belonged to Amareshwara of Lingasuru in Raichur district.

87. Work is worship

Ambigara Chowdayya

A contemporary of Basavanna, a ferry man by profession, uses his own name to sign off his compositions.  278 Vachanas of his have been accounted for.  Comes out strongly against social inequality.

4.  worry, worry
30. No name
33. Look inward


Time (c. 1160). A Kashmiri princess, she settled down in Kalyana to have the company of Sharanas.  6 vachanas have been found with the pen name, Bidadi.

93. Space is one, unfragmented


Time: (c. 1160 ).  A senior contemporary of Basavanna, and a disciple of Nija-guna-shiva-yogi. 257 Vachanas of his have been found with the  signature line,  Simmaligeya Chenna-rama. He hailed from Chimmalige, on the banks of the river Krishna.

32. What arises in awareness is ….
39. Nothing other than oneself

Dohara Kakkayya

A dalit Sharana, migrated to Kalyana from Malwa. He was held in high respect by Basavanna.  Six Vachanas by him are now available.

108. I do not know


A contemporary of Basavanna. He earned a living by making sandalwood  paste. A highly respected Sharana,  used the penname, Chikkayya-priya-siddhq-linga, illa, illa. About  150 vachanas of this Sharanas have come down to us.

8. Lost in the ocean of life

Madivala Machideva

He was born at Devara Hipparagi in Bijapur district.  A contemporary of Basavanna. This highly respected senior Sharana was a  washer man by profession. 354 Vachanas have been found with the signature line, Kali-devra-deva. He is credited with protecting Vachana literature in the aftermath of the Kalyana revolution.

37.  Inside or outside?

Manasanda Marithande:

Time  (c. 1160)  101 Vachanas with the signature line, Mana-sandittu-Mareshwara, have been found.

104. Where was it hiding?

Marula Shankara-deva

He came from Afghanistan. He worked in Basavanna’s household, serving the Jangamas who were served with food. His Vachanas talk about the importance of Prasaada. 35 Vachanas have been found.

81. The boat called awareness


A Kashmiri queen, came to Kalyana with her husband. 70 Vachanas have been found. Her pen-name, Ennayya priyaimmadi Nihkalanka Mallikarjuna.

9. Ignorant ones

Molige Marayya:

A Kashmiri King who came to Kalyana with his wife Mahadevi and earned livelihood by selling wood. 808 Vachanas by him have been found, under the pen-name Nihkalanka Mallikarjuna.

43. I exist for you, You, for me

Nuliya Chandayya

Time: (c. 1160). A rope maker by  profession. We have   48  vachanas by him  extolling the virtue of Kaayaka. Signature line,  Chandeshwara. He hailed from  Shivanagi in Bijapur.

89. Honest clean work
90. Money earned with honest work

Shanmukha Swami:

Time ( 1639-1711).  hailed from Jevaragi in Gulberga district.  A highly respected  Sharana He wrote 717 vachanas.  He took the name of his Guru, Akhandeshwara, as his signature line.

40. The one reality
73. Speak softly
105. The transformation

Swatantra Siddha-lingeshwara:

Lived in the later half of  the 16th century. Born in Kaapanahalli in Krishnarajpet of Mandya district and chose nearby Gajarajagiri for his penances. Belonging to the tradition of Tontada Siddalinga disciples  He has composed 430 vachanas, with the signature line,  Nija-guru- Swatantra –Siddha-lingeshwara.

107. All belongs to Shiva


Time: (c. 1160.) He gave up his ancestral profession of a thief, when he came under the spell of his Guru, Uri-linga-deva. He had his education under the guidance of the Guru. His Vachanas reveal his mastery over Sanskrit. 388 Vachnas under the signature line, Uri-linga-peddi-priya-visveshwara have been found. After his guru, he succeeded him as the head of the mutt ( religious institution, the seat of the Guru ). He was a dalit. Significantly, the  lingyat mutts headed by dalits  call themselves,  Uri-linga Peddi mutts.

38. One becomes two
42. Its left to Shiva