Kanakadasa jayanthi today | kanakadasa jayanthi 2010 celebrations

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Kanakadasa jayanthi today | kanakadasa jayanthi 2010 celebrations

Udupi, Nov 23: The birth anniversary of poet-philosopher and Kirtana exponent Kanakadasa will be observed by the Paryaya Shri Shirur Math here on Nov 24, by way of a day-long festival. This was announced by Shri Laxmivaratirtha Swamiji to media persons here.

Here is the schedule for the day:

9-00 am – A procession carrying the portrait of Kanakadasa
9-30 am: – A Kirtana singing competition for lower and highter primary and high school children in Madhwa Mantapa
11-00 am – A lecture on Kanakadasa by Prof A V Navada
12-00 – Vocals by Mahalaskshmi Shenoy, Karkala

An art camp ‘Kanaka Nayana’ will be held in the Kanaka Mantapa by artists from Udupi – P N Acharya, Vishweshwar Parkala, P R Bhat, Vasant Rao and others

The Kanakadasa legend

Kanakadasa, born Timmappa Nayaka of Biregowda and Beechamma from Kaginele, Haveri, came to be called Kanaka Nayaka as he found a treasure-trove of gold (kanaka means gold in Kannada). Kanaka Dasa was well educated and capable of analyzing the society microscopically. He devoted his life to composing music and literature with philosophy explained in common man’s language.

Kanakadasa has special connection with Udupi and as he was the follower of Sri Vyasaraja Swamiji. On the advice of Vyasaraja Swamiji he came to Udupi. He stood outside the Math and the Lord is belived to have given him darshan through a small window.

Devotees also believe that the idol of Krishna, which had previously been facing east, turned around to face west, as the western wall collapsed so that Kanakadasa could have darshan. A small window was constructed at the breach later. All devotees who visit Udupi Krishna Matha take a peek at Lord Krishna throgh the small window, popularly known as Kanakana Kindi.

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