Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poojas (Archane and Abhishekam) / Sevas to be Performed at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple

Below is the List of Various Types of Sevas / Poojas (Archane & Abhishekam) that one can perform at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur :

Nirgun Paduka Poojan of Shri Narasimha Saraswati Dattatreya Maharaj (7am-2pm) :

Panchopachar Pooja in which the Devotees can offer Flowers to Nirun Padukas.
Alankar Pooja in which the Devotees can offer Flowers to Padukas and also get a Phala Prasad of Coconut blessed with Nirgun Paduka. 
Maha Pooja : It includes both above and the devotee can sit in front of Nirgun Padukas and after the required Sankalpam perform Kshirabhisheka to the Sphatika Linga worshipped by Datta Maharaj.

Kesara Lepan Paduka Poojan (7am-2pm) :

This Seva is of Great Importance at Ganagapur as the Kesara (Saffron Paste) is Smeared on the Swamis Nirgun Padukas and the same Kesara Lepan is given to the Devotees as the Prasad in a small box. This Prasadam is of Great Importance and is considered as the Main Prasad of Sri Kshetra Ganagapur.This Seva includes all the above 3 Sevas. 

Note: As the Maha Naivedyam is offered to the Lord From 12pm-1pm there will be no Pilgrims pooja for an hour. The Dharma Darshanam at Ganagapur Continues throughout the Day (i.e 3am-9pm)

Rudrabhisheka to the Shiva Lingam :

Rudrabhisheka of Eka avarthan / Ekadasha aavarthan etc., can be performed in the premises of Devasthan / Abhisheka hall.

Pallakhi Seva (Palanquin of the Lord Datta) :

Everyday at Ganagapur there will be Pallakhi Seva of the Lord Datta at around 7.30 to 8.30pm and the Palanquin will be Circumambulating the Temple along with Chanting and Singing hymns in praise of the Lord Datta and the Devotee performing this seva can have Darshana Opportunity of sitting in front of the Deity of Shri Datta (Utsav Murti of Pallakhi) exquisitely decorated with Mahapooja.

Madhukari Seva (Offering Alms):

There is an assurance given by Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati (Lord Datta) to the people of Ganagapur in Shri Guru Charitra i.e., “Vasathi Rani Sangamase Jate Nithya Bikshese Taya Vare Gangapurase Madyana Kala Pareyasa “ In these Marathi Words Shri Datta Guru has given an Assurance to all his Devotees that he would forever continue to accept alms at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur in the Afternoon Time. As it is believed that Datta Maharaj himself takes the bhiksha here at afternoon , each and everyone Visiting Ganagapur must offer Madhukari (Bhiksha/alms) to Some people atleast and also accept bhiksha from 5 houses as the Prasadam.

Shri Guru Charitra Parayan:

Shri Guru Charitra is the Most Important Grantha of Datta Sampradaya that recounts the Life History of Shri Dattatreya, Shripad Shri Vallabha and Shri Narasimha Saraswati. The reading of which provides Spiritual, physical and Worldly well being to the Devotees. In this Seva the Sankalpam will be done in the name of the devotee for the solution of some obstacle / Problems. People Suffering of Various Problems like Physical and Mental illness and Financial Crisis can get them solved. Also people having Kundali Dosha (Defect in Horoscope) are now suggested by many Astrologers to perform the Guru Charitra Parayana. This Seva can be done for 7days (1 Parayan),14days(2 Parayan) ………49days(7 Parayan) etc..

Nandadeep Seva for Deepas in the Garbha Gruha:

In this Seva Sankalpam will be done in the Name of the Devotee for his Spiritual and Worldly Well being. This seva can be done for a specified period of time like 1 week, 3weeks, a month etc.

Sarva Seva : Includes all the Sevas at the Temple from Morning to Night.

Other Important Sevas at Ganagapur are like Naivedya to Lord Datta, Datta Homam and other Havans,Shata Rudra, Maha Rudra, Laghu Rudra etc Brahmnical Practices like Javala, Upanayan(Munjvi) etc can also be performed at the Kshetra.

Poojas and Sevas during Festivals and Special Events :

In addition to the above listed Poojas there will be Special Poojas during the Utsavs viz;

  • Guru Pournima (Pournima of the Ashada Masa)
  • Shravana Masa
  • Dushera (Ashwina Sh.10)
  • Deepavali ( Ashwina Kr.14 to Kartika Sh.5)
  • Kartika Pournima Utsav (Gouri Hunnime & Vana Bhojana on Kr. 1 )
  • Shri Datta Jayanti ( Palana on Margashirsha Sh. 14 & Rathotsav on Pournima Day)
  • Magha Utsav :
    Datta Navratra (Magha Sh.1 – Pournima)
    Guru Pratipada (Yati Poojan on Magha Kr. 1) and Gopala Kalwa Celebration on the Fourth Day.
  • Maha Shivaratri ( Magha Kr. 14)

  • Note: Even if one is not able to visit Ganagapur personally can get their Pooja (Archane/Abhisheka) done through us on their Name by sending the Gotra, Nakshatra ,Rashi and Sankalpa (Your Wish) using the Form Provided in the Contact Us Section of Our Website . Devotees shall then receive the Prasadam of the Pooja at Ganagapur by Post at their given address. 

    For more details about the Sevas please Contact

    Ankur Pujari 09035479569
    Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

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    Railways (Train Names and Timings) to Sri Kshetra Ganagapur from Bangalore

    Most Convenient Trains from Bangalore to Gangapur having a Stop at Ganagapur Road (Station Name) are :

  • Lokmanya TT Exp – 11014 (Departs Bang CY JN at 4pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 4:09am)

  • Basava Express – 17307 (Departs Bang CY JN at 5pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 5:19am)

  • Udyan Exp – 11302 (Departs Bang CY JN at 8pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 9:14am)

  • Details of Trains from other Cities like Pune,Mysore,Secunderabad etc to Ganagapur can also be found usingIRCTC or
    After getting down at Ganagapur Road (Station) one can reach Ganagapur temple by a Bus or the Sharing Autos.

    There are many Trains to Gulbarga from all Major Cities so One may also get down at Gulbarga Station and then travel to Ganagapur by Bus or Private vehicles.

    Gulbarga Railway Station Enquiry : 08472 266611
    Ganagapur Road Railway Station Enquiry 08470 266042

    It takes around 2-3 hours maximum to perform Pooja / Abhishekam at Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple by a family. 

    Contact the Main Priest (Pradhan Archakas)
     of the Temple:
    Shri Anand Divakarbhatt Pujari (09035479569) for Performing any Pooja Vidhi ( Archane / Abhishekam) & Sevas at the Ganagapur Datta Temple. 

    Proper Accommodation
     (Rooms in Lodge) and Pooja (Sevas) can also be booked if informed in advance. Accommodation must be booked well in advance if you are to visit Ganagapur during Pournima, Amavasya, Thursdays, Sundays or during any Festivals.

    Railways (Train Names and Timings) to Sri Kshetra Ganagapur from Hyderabad

    The Only Convenient Train from Hyderabad to Gangapur having a Stop at Ganagapur Road (Station Name) is :

    • Husainsagar Exp – 12702 (Departs from Hyd Deccan at 2:45pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 7:16pm)
    Distance from Hyderabad to Ganagapuram is 250 kms (approx) and the Road Route is via Humnabad, Kamlapur, Bidar, Gulbarga,Ganagapur.

    Railways (Train Names and Timings) to Sri Kshetra Ganagapur from Mumbai

    Most Convenient Trains from Mumbai to Gangapur having a Stop at Ganagapur Road (Station Name) are :

  • Udyan Express – 11301 (Departs Mumbai CST at 8:05am and arrives at Ganagapur at 5:43pm)

  • Husainsagar Exp – 12701 (Departs Mumbai CST at 9:50pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 6:48am)

  • Chennai Mail - 11027 (Departs Mumbai CST at 11:45pm and arrives at Ganagapur at 10:46am)

  • Coimbatore Express – 11013 which departs from Kurla Terminus at 10.10 PM & departs from Kalyan 11.15 in the night. It reaches Ganagapur at 8.08 AM on the next day Morning.

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    How to Reach Sri Dattatreya Temple (Nirgun Math Datta Devasthanam) at Sri Kshetra Gangapur ?

    Ganagapur Datta Temple is situated at around 23 kms from 'Ganagapur Road' (Railway Station Name). The Village is also called as Temple Ghangapur, Deval Ganagapur or Ganagapura.  

  • Nearest City is Gulbarga at 40 kms (approx)

  • Distance from Sholapur (Solapur) to Gangapur is around 95 kms (approx)

  • Distance from Hyderabad to Ganagapur is 250 kms (approx) and Road Route is via Humnabad, Kamlapur, Bidar, Gulbarga,Ganagapur

  • Distance from Mumbai to Gangapur is around 530 kms and Route for travelling is Via Pune,Solapur,Akkalkot,Ganagapur

  • Distance from Pune to Ganagapur is around 350 kms (Via Solapur,Akkalkot)

  • Distance from Ahmednagar (Maharashtra) to Ganagapur is around 330 kms (Via Barshi Solapur,Akkalkot)

  • Distance from Bangalore to Ganagapura is around 610 kms and Route for travelling is Via Bellary,Gulbarga,Ganagapur (or can also be via Chitradurga)

  • Distance from Mysore to Ganagapur is around 700 kms (Via Chitradurga)

  • Note: The above mentioned distances are just approx and the actual distance depends upon the Route you choose. 

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Daily Pooja Schedule With Darshanam , Abhisheka and Puja Timings at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple

    The Pooja and Aarti to the Lord at Ganagapur Kshetra is done Thrice a Day (Trikala Aarti) as per the Words of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati himself and the Same can be seen in the 52Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra :

    Kakada Aarti and Morning Pooja (3am - 7am) :

    The Day at the Temple starts with the Loud Ringing of the Bell at Sharp 3am by the Pujaris (Archakas) of the Temple. We (Priests) then open the Door of the Inner Temple and start the Daily Schedule by Performing Kakada Aarti to Lord Datta and Chintamani Ganapati. During the Aarti large drums in the Drum house (Nagarkhana) are Drummed loudly. This is Known as Chaughada (Holy Drumming Ritual).
    Devotees are allowed for the Darshana right from Kakada Aarti only. At First Rudrabhisheka and Pooja will be done to the Shaligramas, Spatika and Bana Lingas.  Then Special Pooja along with Kesara Lepana will be done to the Swami Maharajs Nirguna Padukas.During this time Devotees get the Darshan of Ek Mukhi Roopa of Lord Datta. After offering Mangalarati to the Nirguna Padukas,  there will be Worship of Chintamani Ganapati and other deities surrounding the Temple. The Pooja (Worship) continues till 7am when the Maha Mangalarati Aarti is done to the Lord Datta (Trimurti Roopa) and again there will be Choughada indicating that the Morning Pooja had been Completed.
    After this the Pilgrims are allowed for the Pooja (Abhishekam / Archane) till 12pm.
     (i.e., 7am-12pm)

    Afternoon Pooja and Maha Naivedya (12pm - 1pm) :

    The Maha Naivedya (Offering Food) to Lord Datta in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 12pm. The Naivedya is prepared at the Houses of the Archakas(Pujaris) and is brought to the Temple at around 12pm. The Pooja and Naivedyam takes place for an hour. The Choughada takes place after the Shankha Vadya (Blowing of Conch) and the Madhukari (Offering of Alms) starts. As it is believed in Ganagapur that Lord Datta himself takes alms here at afternoon, the people visiting Ganagapur must offer alms to some people and accept alms from atleast 5 houses.
    After the Maha Naivedya Pilgrims are again allowed for Pooja for an hour (1pm-2pm)

    Evening Pooja and Pallakhi Seva (7pm-8.30pm) :

    The Evening Pooja to Lord Datta starts at 7.30 pm and after the Aarti the Utsav Murti of Lord Datta will be kept in the Pallakhi (Palanquin) after which the Pallakhi Seva starts (around 8.15pm).After the 3 rounds (With Bhajans) around the Temple the Utsav Murti is taken inside. The Day Schedule completes with the Shejarti (Last Aarti) during which Karuna Tripadi composed by Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati (Tembe) Swami Maharaj and other Stotras are Chanted by the Priests and residents. The Temple Closes at 9 pm.

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Shri Shri Bharati Teerth Mahaswami Visits Shri Kshetra Ganagapur - An Article Extracted from

    The Jagadguru arrived at Ganagapura of Gulbarga District and was taken in  a procession after a traditional welcome to the temple where Sri Adi Shankara, Sri Sharadamba and Sri Narasimha Saraswati Murtis are installed. On the way the Jagadguru had Darshan of the Paduka at the holy shrine of Sri Datta Nirguna matha. The Jagadguru gave Ashirvachanam in the temple premises, had Darshan of the deities and performed Sri Chandramoulishwara Puja there. In the Ashirvachanam the Jagadguru Said Ganagapura is a famous Datta Kshetram and is renowned as the Tapobhoomi of Sri Narasimha Saraswati, an avatara of Lord Dattatreya. The Jagadguru expressed joy at being in Ganagapura for the fourth time.
    The Jagadguru said that just as Lord Dattatreya, Sripaada Srivallabha and Sri Narasimha Saraswati are revered in the Datta Sampradaya, so too is Sri Adi Shankaracharya revered. As Sri Narasimha Saraswati himself revered Sri Adi Shankaracharya, And hence all followers in the Datta Sampradaya have adored Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The Prathishta of the Murtis of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Goddess Sharada and Sri Narasimha Saraswati at the Ganagapura Datta Kshetram is testimony to this fact.
    The Jagadguru said that it was due to the Sankalpa of God and the earnest desire of the Archakas at Ganagapura that he had come to Ganagapura. The Archakas having utmost Shraddha and Bhakti felt that the Sringeri Jagadguru must visit Ganagapura once again to offer Puja to the Nirguna Padukas. The following day, early in the morning, the Jagadguru offered Puja to the Nirguna Padukas of Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Devotees from various parts of the country who had flocked to Ganagapura for the occasion witnessed this divine sight, and returned home after having the Jagadguru’s Darshan and the Datta Paduka Darshan.

    The next day (19 March 2014), early in morning, the Jagadguru performed an elaborate Puja at Sri Dattatreya Devasthana/Nirgun Math. The Jagadguru then visited the Sri Kalleshwara swami temple and Sri Narasimha Saraswati swami temple on the banks of  Bhima & Amara Sangama. Then the Jagadguru gave Darshan, Phala Mantrakshata and Tirtha Prasada to the devotees and departed from Ganagapura in the evening.

    The Jagadguru after having Darshanam of Nirguna Padukas of Lord Datta at Nirgun Math

    Special puja in Ganagapura
    On the Morning of 19th Mar 2014, the Jagadguru Mahaswamiji arrived at the holy Nirgun Math by 7′o clock and performed elaborate Pooja to the Nirguna Padukas of Sri Narasimha Saraswati swami who is considered as second avatar of Lord Dattatreya. Then the Archakas of that temple performed Padapuja and conducted Guruvandanam programme. As part of the program, the Jagadguru instructed the Pandits of the Math to chant the Gurupaduka stotram, written by the 33rd Jagadguru, Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Mahaswamiji.