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Akka Mahadevi Jayanti to be symbolic event at J P Nagar

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Mysuru: The City of Palaces Mysuru is one among the rare cities that boasts of the statue of 12th century social reformer Akka Mahadevi.

The life-size bronze statue of Akka Mahadevi was recently installed at J P Nagar at the intersection of road named after the vachana poetess. It was unveiled by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on January 23.

But the grandiose plans of J P Nagar Sharanara Vedike that installed the statue, to celebrate Akka Mahadevi Jayanti today has been called off due to Covid restrictions in place. However, to continue with the tradition, it will be symbolically celebrated by lighting the lamp and garlanding the statue, said Vedike President Puttarajappa.

“Earlier we had decided to organise the Jayanti to mark Akka’s birth anniversary. Previously on 23rd of every month we used to organise lecture programmes and bhajan recitals at statue premises. It was also cancelled this April 23rd. Around 2,000 books related to Akka Mahadevi, vachanas and health care are kept in the library and most of the youngsters utilise the facilities to brush up their knowledge here, Puttarajappa said.

Vedike raised donations and developed a small park and library along with the bronze statue of Akka Mahadevi. JP Nagar mostly populated with the followers of Basaveshwara and Akka Mahadevi. Vedike has 962 members and 16 directors working for the cause of spreading Akka Mahadevi’s messages in the society.

Akka is a significant name in Vachana literature and Sharana movement. She is also regarded as the first poetess in Kannada. Her vachanas that end with an ode to Channamallikarjuna, focuses on women and their role in the society.

– Team Mysoorunews


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