Netravati Devaru Bhatt, also known as Netra Akka, was born on 20th Jan 1928 in a village named Mattigaru in Sirsi Taluk of Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. She first saw Shri Swamiji when she was 7-8 yrs old. She took avid interest in spirituality since her childhood. Shri Swamiji gave her ‘Anugrah’ and ‘Guru padukas’ in the month of Shravana in 1939 in a place called Shriyan during a ‘Naam Saptah’. Her age was merely 11 years then. Her brother was a teacher of Sanskrit at Shigehalli Mutt. She moved to Shigehalli in 1946 and has been there since. She was present during the ceremony of ‘Sannyasa Diksha Grahan’ of Shri Swamiji at Shigehalli Mutt in 1942. She has composed over a thousand pages of songs & stotras in prase of Shri Swamiji and Shri Shivananda Swami in Kannada, Marathi and Sanskrit. Even today she daily sings songs and ‘Bhajans’ before the samadhi of Shri Shivananda Swami. Her address is – Paramananda Mutt, Shigehalli, Post – Kalave, Sirsi Taluk, Dist Uttar Kannada, Karnataka – 581402
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