Malayalee Heroine who chopped the Heads of Muslim Molesters (Post No.7400)

Compiled  by london Swaminathan

Date – 30 th December 2019

Post No.7400

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The old ballads of North Malabar – Vadakkil paattungal – contain a tale of a brave girl (early seventeenth century ) who saved the women of her village from being forcibly kidnapped, and in the end brough about communal harmony.

Mulsims used to molest beautiful Hindu girls in North Malabar. No one dared to challenge the rapists.

Unniyarcha , sister of Aaromal Chevakar, a doughty warrior, was married to a coward named Kunnirhaman. One day she wanted to visit a temple of Ayyappan , a few miles from her village, but her mother in law refused to permit her to leave the house even in the company of her husband.  She new what would happen to her from the Muslim Chonakas.

Nothing daunted, the girl took her favourite sword, and with her husband proceeded in the direction of the temple .The headman of the Chonakas (Muslims) – who happened to see her on the way, was enamoured of her beauty and sent his men to carry her away by force. Unniyarcha drew her sword and killed some of them. Their chopped heads rolled on the ground like foot ball. The rest fled and brought their headman himself to the scene, who soon realised that she was the sister of his fencing master. He appealed to both sister and brother to pardon him, but Unniyarcha was inexorable and challenged him and his men to a fight. The chief of the place persuaded the girl to sheath her sword, which she did on headman promising that no woman in the place will be molested in future . Then Muslim rapes stopped in Malabar. One heroic Hindu heroine saved the honour of millions of Hindu women.

Films and TV serials on her were made but with distorted stories.

Source book – Great Women of India, Advaita Ashrama, Almora, Himalayas, 1953



In the list of the famous heroines and administrators of Karnataka  the name of Akkadevi 1010-1064 CE, stands very high. She was a Chalukyan princess who ruled over various divisions of the Chalukyan dominions such as Banavasi , Kisukadu, and Masavadi for nearly half a century.

A few days ago I wrote about Rudramba who ruled for 33 years and her sister Ganapamba who ruled for 40 years. But Rudramba was a full fledged queen where as others are not. Here is a Kannada woman who ruled for half a century. Unlike European rubber stamp queens, Hindu queens and princesses were real rulers and fighters.

Akkadevi  was the daughter of Dashavarman and Bhaagaladevi and was the sister of vikramaditya v and Jayasimha ii, both Chalukyan emperors of Kalyana.  She is described in inscriptions as fierce in battle  and as having subjugated a large number of enemies. She laid a siege to Gokhaje, probably to quell some insurrection.

She is also described as a marvel of virtual qualities and unswerving in her promises.  The seat of her government was VIkramapura ,modern Arashibidi near Bijapur .

She married the Kadamba prince Mayuravarman, who along with her ruled Banavasi in 1037 CE. They had a son named Toyimadeva , who ruled the Banavasi region as a feudatory of the Chalukyan emperor Someshwara in 1064 CE.



Her name is associated with the foundation of a number of temples.  She also evinced great interest in promoting education.  An inscription of 1021 CE says that she made a large gift of land to feed and clothe 500 students and provided them with free quarters. The fact that she reigned not only in conjunction with her husband but also independently in an indication that she was a personage of considerable reputation and importance in her time  and no less than three Chalukyan emperors had confidence in her administrative ability.

All Indian girls must study the history of Hindu queens and princesses. This must be made a compulsory subject in schools.

Source book – Great Women of India, Advaita Ashrama, Almora, Himalayas, 1953

(Akka Mahadevi, Kannada devotional poetess of 12th century  is different from this Akkadevi)

Xxx subham xxx


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