Haralayyana Paduke means Haralayya's slipper. Haralayya was a tanner by profession who lived in Kalyana, present day Basava Kalyana. He was a contemporary of Jagatjyoti Basaveshwara and King Bijjala. Haralayya and his wife Kalyanamma were part of the Sharana movement led by Basavanna. During one of the Sharana gatherings it so happened that Haralayya greeted Basvanna formally saying “Sharanu” to which Basavanna responded “Sharanu Sharanarthi.” Haralayya was nonplussed by Basavanna's greeting, who was a close aide of Kalyana's ruler King Bijjala. Haralayya felt that he had committed a grave sin because he had let a great soul like Basava had respected lowly person. To free himself of the sin, Haralayya decided to make a pair of slippers from his own skin. Haralayya's wife Kalyanamma said she had an equal right, and she decided to join her husband in the . The couple cut off skin from their thighs, tanned it and made pair of slippers befitting a nobleman. When the shoes were presented to Basava, he was awestruck, touched his eyes to the slippers and placed them on his head. Basavanna said the slippers were divine, he could never think of wearing them and returned them to the couple. This story is from the XII Century CE.
Nearly 800 years later the slippers were rediscovered at Bijanahalli near Malked about 60 kms from Gulbarga. A small shrine has been built for the slippers. A few scientist tested samples taken from the slippers and confirmed they were made of human skin. Of all the ancient artifacts known, these slippers are unique.
I was curious to see those ancient slippers, my wait of 4 years came to an end on July 2, 2016.
Our journey from Hyderabad to Bijapur started early morning. Our first stop was at Sedam to see few ancient Hindu temples and a Jain Basadi. Next was Bijanahalli; as we approached Malkhed, on the highway, on the right is the arch of Bijjanahalli.
|Shivasharanappa, Ramesh, Srinath and Ambarish|
Haralayyana Paduke to see clearer pictures of the shoes.
Malkhed bus-stand which has an interesting theme.. modeled like a fort. Cheers to the architect who designed it and to the team who constructed it.
We head to our next destination Nagavi near Chittapur. Historical sources say that India's second university existed at Nagavi, the first one being Nalanda.