Year of birth : 6th Century
Place of birth : Karnataka India
Website :


“ All-knower has not become All-knower merely out of vanity he learnt one bit of information from everyone and became a veritable mountain of knowledge. 

“ Circling around the temple without devotion without dedication is as useless as an ox circling around a mill. ”

“  Learn somethings from those who know; Watch somethings from those who do; Learn otherthings by self experience. ”


Sarvajña a Kannada poet, pragmatist and philosopher. He is famous for his pithy three-lined poems which are called tripadis, "with three padas, three-liners", a form of Vachanas. He is also referred as Sarvagna in modern translation.

The period of Sarvajña's lifehas not been determined accurately, and very little is known about his personal life. Based on studies of his literary style and the references of later writers, historians estimate that he may have lived during the first half of the 16th century. Some references in his works indicate that his real name was Pushpadatta - Sarvajña appears to have been his pseudonym. His father was a Shaivaite Brahmin and his mother was a Shudra widow named Mali. His father met his mother at a place in present day Dharwar district in Karnataka on his way to Benares on a pilgrimage.He always upheld the wisdom of pastoral life in rural areas and tried to persuade villagers to give up superstition, meaningless customs and traditions.

Sarvagna grew up as a wandering monk creating the Tripadis,the famous three liners. In all, about 2000 three-liners are attributed to Sarvajna. Popular because of their alliterativestructure and simplicity, they deal mainly with social, ethical and religious issues. A number of riddles are also attributed to Sarvajna.

Channappa Uttangi was awarded the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana prize in 1949 for his groundbreaking work on Sarvajna.