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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 o…

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Schouten, Jan Peter, “Akkamahādēvi”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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