Saturday, September 13, 2014

Akka Nagamma Aikya Sthala, Yenne Hole, Tarikere

Who is Akka Nagamma?
Akkanagamma aka Nagalambike was the sister of Jagatjyoti Basaveshwara and only daughter to her parents Maadarasa and Maadalambike of Bagewadi in present day Bijapur district. She had great influence over Basavanna. Naagalambike was married to Shivadeva, their only son is none other than Chennabasavanna. Akka Nagamma was one of the leaders of Lingayath community. She was popularly called Akka ~ elder sister.

What was Akka's contribution to the Lingayath community and society?
Akka was an active participant in Sharana meetings and spiritual debates & discussions at Anubhavamantapa and Mahamane. After the uprising by those opposing Basaveshwara's social reforms, she along with hundreds of Sharanas leaves Kalyana and travels south towards Ulavi, then a part of  Kadamba kingdom. Akka, Chennabasavanna, Gangambike and Dohara Kakkayya lead group chased by King Bijjala's soldiers. Sharanas and Bijjala;s soldiers engage in a battle at Kadrolli, soldiers lose and retreat. Gangambike attains Aikya in Malaprabha river near Itgi village. Dohara Kakkayya is injured in the battle, he proceeds towards Ulavi via Alnavar route. Akka and Chennabasavanna lead another group towards Dharwad where they camp for few days at Basappana Gudda, presently known as Ulavi Basaveshwara Gudda. After a break they continue their journey towards Ulavi where Chennabasavanna camps. Akka continues her journey southwards towards Banavasi.

Where is Akka's Aikya Sthala?
Akka travels further south and attains Aikya on the banks of Yennehole at Tarikere in Chikkamagalur district.

Having visited Aikyasthalas of Basavanna at Kudala Sangama, Chennabasavanna at Ulavi, Gangambike memorial near Kittur, Neelambike memorial near Tangadgi and Dohara Kakkayya temple near Kakkeri I wanted to see Akka's Aikyasthala at Yeene Hole too. I heard about it from Dr. Manjunath. Also, Mom had told me Yenne Hole is on the outskirts of Tarikere but she had not seen the place herself. I had imagined a temple next to a stream..

March 17, 2014
I had camped at Badhravati at MPM Guest House Paper in Paper Town very close to our first home. The colony had hardly changed, I saw our house, the trees, our street.. it was like time had stood still there. Plan for the morning was to visit Tarikere to see Amruteshwara temple and Yenne Hole.

The state highway connecting Badhravati and Tarikere is in excellent condition, the drive was a breeze. At Tarikere, locating Yenne Hole required some effort because few people seem to know such a place existed. With a small mistake in inquiring I almost went to Yenne Hole Matha, a Brahman matha. Anyway we managed to locate the place following the directions of an elderly person. First I wasn't sure if this place was the right location.. a small temple is pitiable condition.

To add to the plight, the shrine's door was locked. I decided to check it out; first I tried the door - no us.

Then went to the side, a window, through it could see a Shivalinga on a pedestal. Good to see the inside was clean and tidy, fresh flowers said that pooja was performed in the morning. Hope pooja is done daily, not just Mondays.

This is a Shiva temple, fine but how do I know this place is indeed Akka's Aikyasthala? I looked down at the stone tablet, hoping to get some confirmation. Yes! The tablet does say this is MahaSharane Akkanagamma Shivayoga Samadhi Kshetra.

That's Ravi the cab driver. He too felt bad about this place. Very close to the temple was a Bilva Patri tree. Close to it were idols of Ganesha and Shanmugha, installed on pedestals in the open (see inset).

Akka's Aikyasthala is situated next to areca plantation and a mango orchard. Open space in the foreground is paddy field, barren during summer months.

On the way back, I took a shot of the board on the main road, pointing direction to Akka's Samadhi.

Having done with the two spots at Tarikere we drive back towards Badhravati, I was eager to visit my school - St. Charles Borromeo Convent.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Amruteshwara Gudi - scenes from Ramayana

Amruteshwara temple is situated in Amrutapura village, about 6 kms from Tarikere town in Chikkamagalur district. This Hoysala temple was built in 1196 CE by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka during the reign of Veera Ballala II. Amruteshwara temple is a Ekakuta has a richly decorated interior and exterior. On the exterior walls are sculptures of stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata Purana.

March 17, 2014
models of temple shikharas
Lakshmana, Rama and Sita see a very attractive golden deer
Rama shoots an arrow at the golden deer which reveals its true form- Miricha
Rama conferring with Sugreeva about Vali
Rama shoots an arrows through seven Saal trees
Rama shoots at Vali while he's engaged in a duel with Sugreeva
Two warriors engaged in a archery duel
monkey soldiers harassing a rakshasa from Lankan army
Hanuman fighting a rakshasa
fight between Indra and Shanmugha?
Arjuna burning Kandava forest

These are few I could capture in the time I had. Amruteshwara temple has one to two hundred such panels.