Bhakta Kanakadasa


Kanakadasa was not allowed into the Udupi Krishna temple because he did not belong to the upper castes and was in those days it was considered sacrilegious to allow somebody from the lower castes into the temple. However, even the Gods bow to true devotion.

Kanakadasa stood outside the temple singing songs composed by him in honor of Lord Krishna, who deigned to turn to the West and gave a glimpse of his divine self to his devotee through a small window.

Such was the devotion that Kanakadasa showed through the medium of his devotional songs.


This post has been written for the Velvet Verbosity 100 Words #356 prompt where the post had to include the word glimpse.

Read more about Kanakadasa at this Wikipedia article [Link to article]

21 thoughts on “Bhakta Kanakadasa

  1. I love that story. The Udupi Krishna is dazzlingly beautiful. I didn’t know there was a postage stamp of Kanakadasa, Jairam…thanks!

    By the way, recently I came across some Swami Vivekananda stamps – so beautiful!

  2. Have heard a lot about the Udipi Krishna, its interesting to know that a stamp was made on him.. that is a bit of new learning for today šŸ™‚

    • @Shilpa, I don’t blame you, his story and legend is mostly circulated and popular in the Udipi region and amongst the rest of Karnataka only. I know of him because of the fact that I have seen a lovely movie made in Kannada back when I was ten years old, and also because I have actually visited the temple itself šŸ™‚

  3. Wow…hadn’t heard his name before nor have I visited the temple! Many poems credited to his name i see.. Thanks for sharing this Jairam šŸ™‚

    • @Aditi, please do visit the temple if ever you are in the region of coastal Karnataka, the place itself is quite idyllic šŸ™‚

  4. I went to the Udupi temple in this April. Beautiful idol and a very beautiful story. But I am sad to note that the discrimination still continues. I say so because we had food at the temple and there were two floors. The first floor for all and sundry. The ground floor for brahmins and they were being offered pay as am or kheer. I doubt Krishna would stay there for long. šŸ˜¦

    • @Rekha, I haven’t been to the temple in around 15+ yrs now, but if what you say is happening, then that is quite sad šŸ˜¦

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