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Akkamahādēvi (or Mahādēviyakka) is one of the foremost poet-saints of the Vīraśaiva tradition. She lived in the second half of the 12th century CE. When she was still a young woman, she joined the community of Vīraśaiva devotees, which was founded by Basava in Kalyana circa 1160. Unlike most of Basava’s companions, she had a strong tendency toward asceticism. Finally, she left the Kalyana community and set out on a solitary journey to the holy h…

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Jan Peter Schouten, “Akkamahādēvi”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000098>
First published online: 2012

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