One of the most remarkable saints was Shri KanakaDasaru of Kaginele, who was a great disciple of Vyasaraja, though a shephard by birth and great critic of caste hierarchy. In his Padas, reveals the unity and universality of spiritual experience, and flouts the iniquity of caste distinction and prejudices, born out of race, creed and class divisions. Perhaps He is the only great saint who showed Vaidika and Avaidika distinctions are invalid and only Bhakti is valid against the Absolute by his Aparoksha Jnana.
Kuruba means worriers and trustworthy people, which we should recognize and be proud of it. With this awareness, we have to wake up to the reality, stand for our rights courageously, should not give room for other to put us down and exploit our community. Kuruba community people were in many professions, Sheep herding was one of the professions like in any other communities.
Kurubaru were also Rulers, Social thinker, Poets etc. For example Hakkaraya and Bukaraya of Vijayanagara Empire, Kadambas, Pallavaru, Holkers, Rastrakootaru, Shivaji(kuruba mother), Sangolli Rayanna etc. Great poets like Kalidasa, Kanakadas are kurubas. Generally Beeralingeswara temples have Balaga, Buddhivanta, Bandari and Kolkara etc. Kurubas are also called Doddigowda, Halumatha, Heggades, Andar, poduvar, idyar, kurumba gowndar, kalavar, gollavadu, kurupu, yadavalu, kuruma, kurumavaaru, kurkhi, gadri, ahiyaru, palaru, bharavadaru, palakyatriya etc.
This "shrikanaka" group gives members to come together with energy to remove misconceptions about our community and consolidate all the historical facts as a reference and to bring pride about our heritage in future generations. United we stand, as an organized group we will have better existence and we could become a force for the progress.