Akka Mahadevi was born in 1150 A.D. at Udutadi, a place of historical importance in Shimoga District of Karnataka. Her parents were great devotees of Shiva. Even in her childhood she was religious,a trait which she probably inherited from her parents. Akka Mahadevi was a prominent figure of the Veerashaiva Bhakti movement of the 12th century Karnataka. Her Vachanas in Kannada are considered her greatest contribution to Kannada Bhakti literature. She was hailed as the princess of lyrical poetry. Her good upbringing and the beauty of the natural surroundings made her a genuine mystic. The divinity already inherent in her began to show its radiance even while she was yet in her teens.
She was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Majority of her poetry refers to the vivid descriptions of beautiful Lord, and she always signed her poems O Lord White as Jasmine. The life of akka mahadevi is similar to that of Mirabai. She gave up the comforts and expectations of a family life. Inspite of the difficulties she faced, the intensity of their divine intoxication is vividly revealed in her poetry.