Shri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple

Most famous Dattatreya Peethas - associated with Shri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami

Introduction

Sri Kshetra Ganagapur , referred as Ganagapur Dattatreya, one of the most famous Dattatreya Temples , is associated with Sri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. This Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas.

Ganagapur Dattatreya

This place is very important “Darshaneeya Kshetra”. The Padukas of Sri Nrisimha Saraswathi Swamy which are worshipped in this temple is brownish-Red in color. It is not known if they are made of stone or wood. When touched they feel soft, like the limbs of a human body. They were left here by Sri Nrisimha Himself before He left for Kardali Van near Srisailam. Kardali Van was the place Sri Nrisimha left His earthly body and merged with the Parabrahm.

This place is very important “Darshaneeya Kshetra”. Ganagapur Dattatreya is a very holy place and rich in culture, tradition which is followed by many people around the world as Guru Sthanam. Reason behind worshipping Guru Dattatreya is, if you want to follow Vishnu tradition you will be going to Vishnu Temples, If you want to follow Shankara you will be following Shiva Temples, But if you follow Guru Dattatreya you will be following everyone – Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara as per Guru Charitra.

Location

It stands on the banks of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka of Gulbarga district in Karnataka. The Nirguna Math (Datta Temple) located here is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas of Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami. The water of the rivers Bhima and Amaraja, especially at the spot of their confluence, are considered extremely holy.

परं ज्योतिर्मूर्ते तव रुचिरतेजः कलरवाज्- जगध्व्याप्येदानीं तपनशशिताराहुतभुजः । महातेजःपुञ्जाः सकलजगदाराध्यचरिताश्- चरन्त्येवं लोकान्नतजनमनोभीष्टफलदाः ॥

Book a Pujan at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple

Religious Significance

The temple of Shri Kshetra Ganagura Dattatreya houses the charan paduka of Shri Nrusimha. Devotees travel here to discover inner peace, and find cures for their various ailments. The belief among the devotees is exceptionally strong and there are many legends of how people with mental illnesses and nearly fatal diseases returned hale and hearty after visiting this holy area and offering their prayers to the gurus.
According to the book Shri GuruCharitra, he promised that he would abide forever at Ganagapura. In the morning, he would bathe at the confluence of the Bhima and Amarja rivers. At midday, he would go through the village asking for bhiksha (alms of food), and accept pooja offerings in the form of Nirguna Paduka at the temple.

Temple Timings

3:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Rituals & Pujas

02.:30 AM to 03:00 AM   Kakad Aarti

03:00 AM to 05:00 AM   Various pujas and Laghu Rudrabhishek

05:00 AM to 06:00 AM   Mahapuja and Paduka Pujan

06:00 AM to 06:30 AM   Guru Aarti (Paduka Aarti)

06:30 AM to 07:00 AM   Panchamrut Distribution

07:00 AM to 11:30 AM   Rudrabhishekam – Laghu Rudra Abhishekam

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM   Maha Mangala Aarti  , maha Naivedyam

12:30 PM to 02:00 PM   Devotee’s Puja

02:00 PM to 02:30 PM   Paduka Puja and Chintamani Ganpati Puja

07:30 PM to 08:15 PM   Maha Mangal Aarti

08:15 PM to 08:45 PM  Palkhi Seva

09:00 PM to 09:30 PM  Shejaarti  and temple closing

(Note: Timings may change a little on festivals and holidays)

History​

The Shri Kshetra in Ganagura, Karnataka is a sanctuary for devout Hindus and those who speak peace and enlightenment. The universal Guru avatar Dattatreya used to wander around in this area as a common alms seeker, and blessed anyone who he deemed worthy. Dattatreya is said to have three faces, due to the fact that he was the sum product of the three lords. He disappeared in the woods one day, and years later he is believed to have reincarnated in the form of Shri Nrusimha Swamy. There are a number of small temples within the Ganagura area, chief among them being the Sangameshwar Mandir, and Kalleshwar Mandir.

How to Reach

Ganagapur is 40 Km away from Gulbarga, Karnataka. It is well connected by Road and Rail to all major cities.

By Train

The Railway Station at Ganagapur is called as Ganagapur Road. From ‘Railway Station Ganagapur Road’ to Ganagapur town, where Viswaroopa Datta Kshetram is situated is around 20 minutes journey by road. Ganagapur Datta Temple is situated at 21 KMs from ‘Ganagapur Road’ (Railway station name on Central Railway) in Karnataka.

By Bus

Ganagapur is well connected by Road to all major cities.

In order to reach Ganagapur, you have to reach Gulbarga, Karnataka. From Gulbarga ↔ Ganagapur, Karnataka State Buses are providing transportation services. For both TO and FRO Journey KSRTC, APSRTC Buses are available for every half an hour to Hyderabad, Bangalore and other major Cities.

Where to Stay

Sri Kshetra Ganagapura has now got a wide variety of Accommodation Facilities to suit your Comfort and also the budget. One may opt for any of the Dharamshalas (Chatram) near the Dattatreya Temple (only with Basic Facilities) with Nominal Charges or Good Lodges with A/c or Non A/c Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms or even Suite Rooms. Lodging Facilities are available with Single Beded, Double Beded and Family Rooms with all amenities like Soft Beds, Television, Hot Water, Indian and Western Toilets etc and also Sufficient Space for Car Parking. Many Ashramas on the Sangam Road also provide Accommodation with Basic Facilities.

Festivals celebrated

Guru Pournima
Shravana Masa
Guru Dwadashi
Maha Shivratri
Sri Devi Navaratra and Dussehra
Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwali
Sri Dattatreya Navaratra and Magha Utsav
Shri Datta Jayanti & Pournami Rathotsav
Shri Narasimha Swaraswati Jayanti
Kartika Masam & Kartika Pournima
Shripada Shri Vallabha Swami Jayanti
Ganesh Chaturthi

And More…

Trivia

The Dattatreya Temple marks the moment when the gods themselves intervened and offered devout Hindus a way to seek enlightenment at the hands of the most accomplished teachers possible. Dattatreya is said to be the living embodiment of the holiest of all deities, and is considered Trimurti, ie the human embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Devotees believe that by bathing at the confluence, by begging (Maadhukari) from at least five houses in Ganagapura and by offering Paduka Pooja at the temple, they can experience the living presence (darshana) of Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, and be freed from sins and granted wishes.

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