Mankuthimmana Kagga


Mankuthimmana Kagga, written by Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa (DVG) and published in 1943. It is one of the best known of the major literary works in Kannada.

Kagga is a collection of 945 poems, each being four lines in length. Some of these poems are written in old Kannada (ಹಳೆಗನ್ನಡ). It is profound as well as poetic and most of them can be sung.

Kagga explores deeper questions of life, contemplates the meaning of the Ultimate Truth (reality) and advises us to lead a balanced life in this complex and ever-changing world. Thus, Kagga advises us to follow the middle path while extending one hand towards the Ultimate Truth and the other hand to the phenomenal world.

Mankuthimmana Kagga fascinated me the first time I read it at school. I found it difficult to share a snippet and had to dig the internet. I created this repository for people to access this easily, this gem mustn't be hidden.

I used books and websites to organise this site. I give all credit to the original authors. I earn no money out of this webpage. I did this out of gratitude to the beauty of a craft by DVG.

I hope this changes your outlook towards life, as it did to mine!

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This website is public. If you'd like to check the source code, visit Github.