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Sant Chokhamela

Chokhamela lived with his wife Soyara and son Karmamela in Mangalvedha. Chokha’s work was to remove dead animals from the town. In Mangalvedha, lower caste people were made to live in settlements outside the town. Chokha too lived outside the town. In Chokha’s life one sees the caste system at its worst.

Once when he visited Pandharpur, he listened to Sant Naamdev’s kirtan. Already a Vitthala’s devotee, Chokha was moved by Naamdev’s teachings. He became Naamdev’s disciple.

Later, he moved to Pandharpur. The upper classes here did not allow him to enter the temple, nor did they allow him to stand in the door of the temple. So, he built a hut on the other side of the river Chandrabhaga. He remained content in the fact that he could see the temple from the other side. Once, thinking that he had entered the temple, he was beaten by the villagers.

When he was staying at Pandharpur, Chokha’s brother-in-law Banka became a disciple of Chokha. The whole family including Chokha, Banka, his son Karmamela, wife Soyara and sister Nirmala were devotees of Vitthala. Banka and Karmamela built a Deepamal (Tower for light) near Chokha’s house.

Around this time, people in Mangalvedha were building a wall to separate the town from the settlements of the lower class. In need of man-power they summoned all the lower class men of Mangalvedha. Chokha was forcibly taken to Mangalvedha. One day while the work was in progress, the wall fell down, crushing half a dozen people underneath it. Chokha was one of them.

Varakari saints lead by Naamdev, went to Mangalvedha and got the remains of Chokha. They built Chokha’s samadhi in front of the Vitthala’s temple.

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Poems

Chokhamela's poems
* Dg Sm{§Jm [na ag Zm{h{ Sm{§Jm
* hrZ `mVr _mPr X{dm
* Om{hma _m`]m[ Om{hma
* ndÇb ndÇb JOar
* Z{Ìr AlyYma, C^m ^r_Vrar
* YÝ` YÝ` Zm_X{dm
Banka’s poems:
* kmnZ`m§Mm amOm kmZ{œa _mCbr
* Mm{Im Mm{IQ nZ_©i

Soyara’s poems:
* CXmam [§Taram`m, ZH$m{ A§V [mhy

Karmamela’s poems:
* A_Mm ]m[ VwPm [m{gUm
* Am[U dTdmd{, Am[U ]wSdmd{



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Dg Sm{§Jm [na ag Zm{h{ Sm{§Jm,
H$m` ^wbbmgr danb`m a§Jm &&
H$_mZ Sm{§Jr [na Vra Zm{h{ Sm{§Jm,
H$m` ^wbbmgr danb`m a§Jm &&
Mm{Im Sm{§Jm [na ^md Zm{h{ Sm{§Jm,
H$m` ^wbbmgr danb`m a§Jm &&
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hrZ `mVr _mPr X{dm,
H$¡gr KS{b VwPr g{dm &&
_O Xwa Xwa hm{ åhUVr,
VwO ^{Qy H$dÊ`m arVr &&
_mPm bmJVmMr H$a,
ng§Vm{Sm K{VmVr H$ama &&
_mÂ`m Jm{nd§Xm Jm{[mim,
H$éUm ^mH$r Mm{Im_{im &&
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Om{hma _m`]m[ Om{hma,
Vw_À`m _hmamMm _r _hma &&
]hw ^wH${bm Omhbm{,
Vw_À`m Cï`m gmRr Ambm{ &&
]hw H${br Amg,
Vw_À`m XmgmMm _r Xmg &&
Mm{Im åhU{ [mQr,
AmUbr Vw_À`m Cï`m gmRr &&
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ndÇb ndÇb JOar,
AdKr Xw_Xw_br [§Tar &&
hm{Vm{ Zm_mMm JOa,
nX §S`m [VmH$m§Mm ^ma &&
nZd¬wVr kmZX{d gm{[mZ,
A[ma d¡îUd V{ OmU &&
hnaH$rV©ZmMr XmQr,
V{W{ Mm{Im Kmbr n_Rr &&
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Z{Ìr AlyYma, C^m ^r_Vrar
bj MaUmdar, R{dm{nZ`m &&
H$m§§ Jm _m{H$brb{, Vy `{gr Jm X{dm
H$m` _r H${edm MwH$bm{g{ &&
Z{U{ H$é ^·Vr, Z{U{ H$é g{dm
Z `{gr Vy X{dm, H$ib{ _O &&
Mm{Im åhU{ _mÂ`m OrndMm ndgmdm
[wH$marVm{ Ymdm, åhUm{nZ`m &&
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YÝ` YÝ` Zm_X{dm, H${bm C[H$ma Ordm &&
_mPm nZangbm ^mdm{, XmIndbm [§Taramdm{ &&
_§Ì gm§JrVbm gm{[m, nZdmnab{ ^dVm[m &&
Xmnd`b{ Vmé, Mm{Im åhU{ _mPm Jwé &&
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kmnZ`m§Mm amOm kmZ{œa _mCbr
I{Mam dm{ibr H¥ [mng§Yy &&
kmZX{dm MaUr I{Ma eaU
Zm_X{d [wU© H¥ [m H${br &&
Zm_X{d{ hmV Mm{nI`mM{ near
ndÇb Vr Aja{ C[X{neb{ &&
]§H$m åhU{ _mPm Mm{Im Jwé _mCbr
V`mÀ`m [mCbr bm{Qm§JU &&
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Mm{Im Mm{IQ nZ_©i,
V`m A§nJ Zmhr _i &&
Mm{Im gwImMm gmJa,
Mm{Im ^·VrMm AmJa &&
Mm{Im à{_mMr _mCbr,
Mm{Im H$[{Mr gmCbr &&
Mm{Im _ZmM{ Xm{hZ,
]§H$m Kmbr bm{Qm§JU &&
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CXmam [§Taram`m, ZH$m{ A§V [mhy
H$m{Rda _r [mhy, dmQ VwPr &&
_m` Vy _mCbr, Ordr§Mm Orìhmim
[wadmdm bim, _m`]m[ &&
nZdm§VMr R{dm, Vw_nM`{ Xmar
åhUVg{ _hmar Mm{I`Mr &&
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A_Mm ]m[ VwPm [m{gUm,
H$mhm{ Zmam`Um ndgagr &&
YmH$wQ[Um _O ÝhmnU`{b{,
AmVm H$hm{ H$RrU H${b{ &&
n]¬X gm§^mir ndÇbm,
VnaM ^b{[U Vwbm &&
åhU{ Mm{nI`mMm H$_©_{im,
X{dm Z ndgamd{ _bm &&
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Am[U dTdmd{, Am[U ]wSdmd{
E{gr naVr ]ad{, Vw_M{ Kar &&
[mnië`m [m{gë`m, ndga [Sdm
g_W©m§À`m Zdm bmO `{V{ &&
a§H$ _{ n^H$mar, CnÀNïmMm AnYH$mar
H$m` ^rS hna _mPr Vwåhm &&
H$_©_{im åhU{ [§Tar nZdmgm
CJdm hm \$mgm bdH$ar &&

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