Mankuthimmana Kagga is one of the most famous and popular major literary works treated almost "21st Century Bhagavadgita in Kannada, composed by Dr. D. V. Gundappa, and published in 1943. It is widely regarded as a masterpiece among the Kannada speaking population in southern India. DVG is known for his simplicity and high thinking. This Kagga triggers thought process for everybody irrespective of the individuals knowledge level. Its meaning assumes wider dimensions as one repeatedly reads it. The verses are very practical, straight, rich in moral values, not confined any religion, caste or creed. It need not be read in any order . One can choose to read it randomly . Because they are called ” Muktakas”.

The following are the chief characters of “Kagga”

1. All are 4 lines (Chowpadi Rachanegalu).

2. All are in (Aaadi praasa) means 2nd Letter of every line is the same (Prasa) in all the four lines.

3. They are called “Muktaka galu”. Independant verses.

4. They all end with the ankitan naama ” Mankutimma”.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

104-Anantachoukattu Saanta chitra-Kaalavakshaya deedvadara paatreyapaara...

1.     English Translation:       Time is like an never ending torch. Its power is vast. Life is just a flash of light from a small lamp. Wind puts off some flames while helps some to get bigger. The supply of oil to these lamps is uninterrupted and infinite.

[Translator's note: People come and people go. Time was there before us, and will be there even after we are gone. While we stay here, there are a lot of factors that makes us prosper, suffer or perish. Nevertheless, our life ends one day or another. But 'Life' in general continues since others continue to live and flourish. Hence the author says that supply of oil for the flame of life is infinite and uninterrupted.]

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