Thursday, November 05, 2009

Kanakadasa and Udipi

Today being Kanaka Jayanthi (commemorating Kanakadasa, a famous Kannada poet, musician and Krishna devotee from the 16th century AD), I was reminded of my trip to Shringeri, Udipi, Kollur, Kukke, Dharmasthala, Murudeshwar a few years back. A beautiful set of memories and a what a blessed land it is...

In Udipi Krishna temple, the tradition is that the main Krishna idol in the sanctum would first be seen via a small window before going to the main entrance. This window is called 'Kanakana Kindi' (Kanaka's window) and was the one by which Kanakadasa used to worship Krishna from outside the temple through a crack in the wall since class barriers at that time prevented him from entering the temple. The crack was enlarged into a window. Also the interesting aspect in that temple is that the diety faces west instead of east as in most of the temples.

A philosophical poem by Kanakadasa, Nee MaayeyolagO (You, inside Maya (illusion)) [Courtesy: Wikipedia]

Are you a creature of illusion? or illusion your creation?
Are you a part of the body? Or is the body a part of you?
Is space within the house? Or the house within space? Or are both space and the house within the seeing eye? Is the eye within the mind? Or the mind within the eye? Or are both the eye and the mind within you?
Does sweetness lie in sugar, or sugar in sweetness? Or do both sweetness and sugar lie in the tongue?
Is the tongue within the mind? Or the mind within the tongue? Or are both the tongue and the mind within you?
Does fragrance lie in the flower? Or the flower in fragrance? Or do both the flower and fragrance lie in the nostrils?
I cannot say, O Lord Adikeshava of Kaginele, O! peerless one, are all things within you alone?


Swaram said...

Nice of u to remember and post abt Bhakta Kanakadasa :)
Lord Krishna turned to the other side where Kanakadasa ws tied up as he hd come to the temple to grant him Darshan :) The wall was broken so that Kanakadasa could see him and hence the Kanakana kindi was formed :)

Shringeri, Udipi, Kollur, Kukke, Dharmasthala, Murudeshwar - Nice places all of them :) Sringeri is naturally too beautiful rt :)

RamMmm said...

Thanks Swaram. There are always legends and more legends and that is what makes it more endearing. If you see the movie 'Bhakta Kanakadasa', there is one more take on why Krishna is facing west. :-)

Sringeri, Kudremukha, Kukke, Kollur. Wow!, these are blessed places with nature at its best. That was the first time I visited those places and just fell in love more with the Western Ghats. :) Took the road less travelled via the Bisle ghat from Kukke Subramanya to Sakleshpur and what a drive it was! [My Mom refused to speak to anyone until we hit Sakleshpur. :) Beautiful beyond words, humbling, desolate of civilization with a majestic greenery that forces you to slow down, waterfalls galore]

Sringeri. Lovely place indeed around the Sharada Peetam. Definitely will have to visit to all these again some time.

Uttara said...

heh, sorry to be the philistine here. I relate Uduppi to the awesome cooks :D

RamMmm said...

Hi Hi Hi, Nothing to be sorry about, Ms.Food Aficionado :-) Maybe the chef in you makes you see Udupi like that. ;-) Long time since I ate Udupi dosé or Davanagéré benné dosé. :-P