“Sri Guru Datta Jaya Guru Datta, Digambara Digambara Sripadavallabha Digambhara Sadgurunatha Digambara”
With the blessings of Lord Guru Datta we have visited Ganagapura recently. We had been guided by our friend Sri Subrahmanya Bharathula of Markapur for contacting the Archaka, lodging and the perfroming the pooja. A day in Ganapur gives us some sort of relif and I cannot express in words. Such a sacred place. Performed Ekavartha Rudrabhisheka, Nirguna Paduka seva, madhukari and evening Pallakki seva.
The below information on Ganagapura is the extract of email from Sri. Subramanya Bharathula of Markapur (AP) . He is very kind and provided the valuable information on this divya kshetra.
AVATARHI UDAND HOTI || SAVECHI MAGUTI VILAYA JATI ||TAISI NAVHE SHRI DATTATREYA MURTHI || NASHA KALPANTHI ASENA||-Shree Shreedhara Swamy.There have been incarnations in abundance. They, however, vanish soon. This does not happen in the case of the Dattatreya incarnation, which will disappear only when the world come to an end.Dear Datta priya Murthis!My pranams!I think, Dattaguru wants to explain the details of Ganagapur kshetra to all the members of this group. Actually, I wanted to upload it in the begining of this year 2006. But, I don’t know the reason, it kept aside. Two immediate mails were received today to know the details of Ganagapur kshetra. Pls proceed to read this information. Even by reading this information, I think, all of us get a feeling that, we are in Ganagapur kshetra. That is the greatness of Shri Nrusimha Saraswathy swamy who is the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.TEERTHE TAYA THAYA|| YETI POONIT VAVAYA||SANT STHANICA PAKAHANDAHI ASTHASA MULA HOYA||Generally, Saints confer holiness not only on human beings but also on the places of pilgrimmage. Then the holy places come there to become more holy and at such places, even an athiest becomes a believer in God, the human beings can follow the path of God and perform penance. When such penance is performed at the instance of a Guru and when one follows the path of God indicated by the Guru it becomes fruitful.Man’ s mind must be oriented towards God. Then only, he can become happy. This is the experience of great sages and it is sure that one can experience such feelings at Shree Kshetra Ganagapur.Importance of Ganagapur kshetra:Shree kshetra Ganagapur is a holy place of Lord Dattatreya and the place is very important “Darshaneeya kshetra”. The place is connected to Sri Nrusimha Saraswathy swamy who is the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. The kshetra importance was explained by Shreeguru and one can be seen in “Shree Gurucharitra” . There is an assurance from Shreeguru that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go round the village for ‘Biksha’ at noon is literally true even today. Offering “maadhukari” to the people at Ganagapur and taking biksha from atleast 5 houses is having very improtance at this holy place. Even today also, the process is continuing and the devotees are having faith the Lord Dattatreya is taking biksha everyday at Ganagapur kshetra. Shri guru Sri Nrusimha saraswathy swamy confirmed the same and it can be seen in Gurucharitra. At the time of Antardhan, Shreeguru said to the disciples and citizens of Ganagapur as follows.” You need not worry. I shall stay at this Ganagapur kshetra secretly. I shall have bath at the Bheema-Amaraja sangam river in the morning. In the mid day, I shall come to Ganagapur math and accept biksha in this village and accept your puja, devotional services in this Muth. From the view point of the public, I am going away from this place. My living presence will be experienced by any one who bathes in the Sangam and takes darshan of my padukas here. I will receive pujas at this kshetra in the form of paudkas”. The Padukas of Shree Nrusimha saraswathy swamy at this place are “Nirguna padukas” ( the padukas are not having any shape).Shreeguru has been blessing his devotees with his divine acts on countless occassions. The aspirations of Datta devotees who worship him at Ganagapur ksehtra with true love, faith and dedication will be fulfilled. The miraculous experineces of such will ever remian hidden in the devotees own hearts. This is true even today also and devotees are getting experiences of Lord Datta’s presenct at Ganagapur kshetra. Mentally retarded people, the people who are suffering from chronic deceases are coming to this place and getting cured from their sad feelings. The trouble of spirits and ghosts vanishes and one can get peace of mind with the darshan of Swamy padukas at this kshetra.ADDRESS OF THE GANAGAPUR TEMPLE:SHREE DATTATREYA DEVASTHAN,SREE KSHETRA GANAGAPUR,(TQ) AFZALPUR,(DT) GULBARGA,(STATE) KARNATAKA-585212,INDIA,TEMPLE TIMINGS:The temple is generally opened at 3.00 a.m. in the morning everyday and the priests are giving Kakada harathi to swamy padukasat that time.The temple is opened upto night 9.00 p.m. without any intervention.ACCOMODATION FACILITIES:Lodging facilities are available. It is difficult to get a room on important days like poornima etc., Some private Ashrama authorities are giving rooms on rent basis. Some priests are also providing lodging and boarding facilities on payment basis.General hotels (not luxurious) are availble for normal type food. Devasthan rooms are also available at cheaper rents.Recommended Priest to perform Pujas/sevas in the temple:I am recommending Shri NAGESH ACHYUTHA BHAT Pujari of the temple to perform the pujas in the temple of Ganagapur kshetra. In Ganagapur temple, the priests hawa is the final.As per my knowledge and experience, the above pujari is charging reasonable price for the seva/pujas to SHreeguru and faithfull personality. One boring pump is there in his house for identification purpose. He will arrange lunch and/or dinner in his house and he will show the proper facilities for staying purpose on rent base.IMPORTANT DAYS TO VISIT GANAGAPUR KSHETRA:1.Kaartheeka pournami 2. Maagha pournami 3. Sraavan pournami 4.Makara Sankranthi day 5.A combination day of Amaavaashya and Monday 6. Deevali-Naraka Chathurdashi 7. Maagha Bahula Paadyami (Swamy’s anthardhan day) 8. Gurupoornima 9. Any poornima dayBut during these days, it is very difficult to have darshan of Swamy padukas. So, it is always better to advice the devotees to visit Ganagapur in the general days to have free darshan of Lord Dattatreya.IMPORTANT PUJA/SEVAS AT GANAGAPUR TEMPLE:1.Paduka lepan puja to swamy padukas2. Pallaki seva3.Rudrabhisheka of eka avarthan/ekadasha aavarthan etc., in the premises of Devasthan/Abhisheka hall4.Shree Gurucharitra parayan5. Shree Datta homa6. Maadhukari seva7. Bhoga naivedya8. Deepa seva (for deepas in the garbhalaya)9. Sarva seva ( from morning to night total sevas)It is adviced to perform atleast Paduka lepan, Pallaki and Eka avarthan Rudrabhisheka. Devashtan counter is available for above seva tickets and priests are arranging the above sevas at present who are contacting them directly.IMPORTANT PLACES AT GANAGAPUR:1. Shree swamy Mutt (Nirguna padukas)2. Bheema-Amaraja sangam3. Oudumbar tree at Sangam4. Ashwatha vrisksha at Swamy anushtan place nearer to Sangam5. Sangameshwaraalayam nearer to Sangam6. Ash hill nearer to Sangam7. Ashta Teerthas8. Kalleshwar temple9. Saibaba ke Mutt10. Vishranthi katta 11.Chinthamani Ganapathi.Sangam:Sangam is a meeting point of Bheema and Amaraja rivers. Sangam is like Prayaga. The importance of Sangam was explained by Shreeguru and it can be seen in Shreegurucharitra. Who ever takes a bath in Sangam, he will free from his sins and his wishes will be fulfilled.Bath in Sangam in Kartheeka maasa, Maagha maasa, Makara sankranthi, poornima and Amaavashya days.Before and after Grahana period is very virtuous.Puranich history of Sangam: There is a puranic history that Jallundhara Rakshasas were on war. Indra went to Shri Shankara and said “we kill Rakshasaas, but from each drop of their blood, new Rakshasaas are born and they have spread in three lokas. They have kelled many Gods”. By hearing this Shri Shankara was started to kill the Rakshasaas in the form of Rudra. Indra said ‘you will kill the Rakshasaas, but please suggest any device to make the Gods alive’. Then Shri Shankara recited Amritha mantra and gave a jar filled with nectar. Indra sprinkled the nector onthe Gods and made them alive. While Indra was going with the jar of the remaining nectar, some drops fell on the earth and a river was created called “AMARAJA”. Taking bath in this river prevents deceases and untimely death. This river meets Bheema river and the point is known as Sangam. Hence, Sangam place is a virtuous place and adviced the devotees to take bath in the Sangam without fail.OUDUMBAR TREE: The Oudumbar tree is situated at the place nearer to Sangam. After having bath in Sangam a mug/pot/bottle of Sangam water has to be takne and it should be poured a the root of famous Oudumbar tree. Do the pradakshina with a minimum of 11/21/108 rounds to the tree by chanting Datta nama ‘DIGAMBARA DIGAMBARA SHREE PAADA VALLABHA DIGAMBARA”. Somany Sadhus/devotees are continuously doing Shreegurucharitra payara int he presence of the tree. One who perform Gurucharitra parayan with sapthaha deeksha at the premises of this oudumbar tree, he will definitely have the darshan of Lord Dattatreya in any form and their desires will be fulfilled. It is really true and even for today also.History of Oudumbar tree at Ganagapur kshetra: Leprosy decease of a brahmin by name Narahari was cured by Shree guru Nrusimha saraswathy swamy and the story can also seen in Shreegurucharitra. Narahari bowed to Shreeguru and began to pray him at that time. The 8 sloka stotra comosed by Narahari was become famous and are being reciting in the temple at night even today also. Each sloka ends with “VANDAYAAMI NAARASIMHA SARASWATHEESHA PAAHIMAAM”. The stotra is now familiar as Nrusimha saraswathy ashtaka. Shreeguru blessed Narahari and siad, whoever recite the sloka every day with full devotion, they will get ashta aishwarya, spiritual power, wealth, fame and noble offspring.Ashwatha vriksha:Ashwatha vriksha is nearer to Sangam and is very nearer to Oudumbar tree. Shree guru performed his daily anushtan under this tree. The importance of this Vriksha can also seen in Shreegurucharitra. The regular SEJA HARATHI at 8.00 p.m. at this anushtan place is very powerful. Paduka darshan at this place is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 pm only. In other timings upto night 9.00 pm, we can see the Swamy rupa with alankara. This tree is like Kalpavriksha and is adviced to perform pradakshina to this vriksha, it will grant boons to such devotees.Sangameshwaralay:After worshipping Oudumbar and Ashwatha trees, worship Sangameshwara in the Sangameshwaralaya temple with devotion. This Shivalinga is like Mallikarjuna of Srisaila. Bow to Nandi and Chandi and have 3 rounds like round from Nandi to Chandi and Chandi to Nandi back and have darshan of Lord Shankara.Ash Hill:Ash hill is nearer to Sangam and it is said that there was a hill from which Ash came from the days of Lord Parashurama. Lord Parashurama performed penance at this place. The ash is very powerful and now it is in the form of Mud only. The wearing of ash by mixing with oodi is very powerful and it will protect those persons from DRISHTI doshas. It will protect the children for Baalarishta and Graha dosha. If the ash is applied slightly everyday on the stomach part of pregnant ladies, then they will deliver a healthy child with some “Tejarupa”. Several experiences were also observed with this application of the Ash on pregnant ladies.Kalleshwar temple:Kalleshwaralaya is nearer to Manmadha theertha i.e., one of the Ashta theerthas and is nearly 1 km from Swamy mutt. Auto and Taanga conveyance is there for Kalleshwar temple. The importance of Kalleshwar temple was also explained in Shree gurucharitra. Kalleshwara is like Gokarna Mahabaleshwara. By performing Abhisheka in the month of Kartheeka, Maagha and Sravana to Kalleshwara, one’s wishes will be fulfilled. The assurance was given by Shreeguru.Chinthamani Ganapathi:The idol of Chinthamani Ganapathy can be seen in the inner side of Swamy Mutt. The devotees who are visiting the Ganagapur kshetra are not aware of this Ganapathi. Shree guru given instructions to the disciples to have the darshan of this Ganapathi in Ganagapur.Ashta Terthas:1.Nrusimha teertha2.Sreepaada theertha,3.Rudrapad a theertha 4. Chakra theertha 5. Paapa nashaka teertha 6. Koti teertha 7. Chakra theertha 8.Manmadha teertha are termed as Ashta theerthas. The importance of bath in this Ashta teerthas can know from Shreegurucharitra. Some devotees are taking bath everyday during their stay at Ganagapur and some are taking atleast one time bath during their yatra period. Bath in Ashtateerthas in Poornima,Amaavasya, Karthika, Makara sankramana, Narakachathurdashi days is very powerful. Even the sins and doshas will be removed by having bath in these Ashtateerthas.CONCLUSION:It is sure sir, no one can enter in Ganagapur premises without the interest of Lord Datattreya. Ganagapur yatra is a powerful one and when one pays a visit to this Ganagapur kshetra, he gets a sence of satisfaction, a feeling of joy and peace of mind. Lord Dattatreya lives here even today in the invisible form and giving boons to his devotees. So, have a trip to Ganagapur kshetra and have the blessings of Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy swamy Maharaj.|| VANDAYAAMI NAARASIMHA SARASWATHEESHA PAAHIMAAM |||| VANDAYAAMI NAARASIMHA SARASWATHEESHA PAAHIMAAM ||CONVEYANCE AND ROUTE TO GANAGAPUR:Sreekshetra Ganagapur is in the Gulbarga district of Karnataka State in India. It is around 45 kms from the district headquarter Gulbarga. Karnataka state road transportation buses are there from Gulbarga to Ganagapur for every 1 or 1.5 hours and the journey is around 1.5 hours from Gulbarga to Ganagapur. Ganagapur Road railway station is also there, but some trains are not haivng halt/stop at this station and the if at all stop is there, the halting period of the train is negligible when compared to the halt at Gulbarga. So, it is always better to getdown at Gulbarga and it is also convinient to take lunch/tiffins in the hotels or for booking reservations for bus/trains to any stations or for return journeys etc.From Hyderabad:There are direct trains from Hyderabad to Gulbarga. Hyderabad to Mumbai/Pune expresses and Rajkot express are haivng halt at Gulbarga.It is around 6 to 7 hours journey. Passenger trains facility is also there from Hyderbad station. There are direct buses to Ganagapur from Imlibun busstation of Hyderabad. Non-stop buses are available from Hyderabad to Gulbarga. (6 hours journey)From Vijayawada:There are direct trains from Vijayawada to Guntakal only. Amaravathi expressand Prashanthi expresses are having stop at Guntakal. One have to getdown at Guntakala and have to catch another train running towards Mumbai to reach Gulbarga. Guntakal to Gulbarga the journey time is around 6 hours.From Bangalore/Chennai:There are direct trains from Chennai or Bangalore to Gulbarga. The trains running towards Mumbai/Pune are having halt at Gulbarga.Even Karnataka Government/Private luxury/Hi-Tech buses are running from Bangalore to Gulbarga.From Pune/Mumbai:All the trains running towards Chennai or Guntakal are having halt at Gulbarga. Government/Private buses are also running to Gulbarga
Evening visited the Ashram of our Pujya Gurudeva foundly we call ‘Appaji’. Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji, Mysore. New Datta Temple is under final stages of construction in Ganagapura. On top of the temple huge Image of Lord Dattathreya with Cow is constructed which is visible from a very long distance. . Temple is being build on a huge open land and much spacious. Probably in Feb 2010 Temple will be opened to all.
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