akka mahaadevi (ಅaaಕaa್aaಕ ಮaaಹaaಾaaದaaೇaaವaaಿ) veerashaiv dharm sambandhi kannad kavita mein prasiddh hasti theen. ye 12veen shataabdi mein hui theen. inke vachan kannad gadya mein bhakti kavita mein ooncha yogadaan maane jaate hain. inhonne kul milaakar lagbhag 430 vachan kahe the, jo anya samakaaleen santon ke vachanon ki apeksha kam hain. fir bhi inhein veerashaiv dharm ke anya santon jaise basav, chenn basav, kinnari bommaiya, siddharma, alaamaprabhu evam daassimaiyya dvaara ooncha darja diya gaya hai.
Akka Mahadevi (ಅaaಕaa್aaಕ ಮaaಹaaಾaaದaaೇaaವaaಿ) was a prominent figure of the Veerashaiva Bhakti movement of the 12th century Karnataka. Her Vachanas in Kannada, a form of spontaneous mystical utterances, are considered her most notable contribution to Kannada Bhakti literature. In all she wrote about 430 Vachanas which is relatively fewer than that compared to some other saints of her time. Yet the term 'Akka' (elder Sister), which is an honorific given to her by great Veerashaiva saints like Basavanna, Chenna Basavanna, Kinnari Bommayya, Siddharama, Allamaprabhu and Dasimayya, speaks volumes of her contribution to the spiritual discussions held at the Anubhava Mantapa. She is in hindsight seen as a great and inspirational woman for Kannada literature and the history of Karnataka. She is said to have accepted the god Shiva ('Chenna Mallikarjuna') as her husband, traditionally understood as the 'madhura bhava' or 'madhurya' form of devotion.
Born in Udutadi (or Udugani) near the ancient city of Banavasi (in Shikaripura taluk Shimoga district). She was born in 1130CE and lived until 1160.
She is considered Kannada's first female poem writer (poetess)