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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Importance of Guru Paduka Poojan at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple

In Our Sanatana Dharma we have various aspects of Worshipping the Almighty. The Absolute Brahman which our Vedas declare to be Formless and Attribute Less is Worshipped by us in the form of Deities with Form and Attributes. Guru has a Special Importance in our Sanatana Dharma as he is believed to be the one who ultimately guides us towards Salvation (Moksha). So the Worship of the Gurus Feet is considered to be More Efficient than the Worship of Various Deities itself.

Lord Dattatreya is considered to be the Guru of All Gurus and that's why revered to be the Adi Guru. He is believed to have been Guru to the Eminent Disciples like King Yadu, Lord Parashuram, King Prahlad, Kartiveerya Sahasrarjuna etc and also to be the Guru to the famous Navanath Sect. In the recent times the Followers of Datta Sampradaya also include many Great Saints of Warkari Sampradaya like Saint Eknath and his Guru Swami Janardhana. Sant Tukaram also has sung the Praise of Lord Dattatreya in many of his Abhangs. The Famous Aarti Pada of Lord Dattatreya Trigunatmaka Trimurti is the Composition of Sant Eknath. There are also Famous Abhangs by Sant Tukaram like “Teen Shire Saha Hath” and many more. The Devotees of Lord Dattatreya are spread over the Whole Country especially in the States of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. 

Lord Dattatreya, the Adiguru descended to this Earth in the Form of Two Incarnations namely Shripada Sri Vallabha and Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Shri Narasimha Saraswati took up Sanyasa at very tender age and roamed the length and width of Our Country and then he finally Settled down at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur where he Stayed on for a Period of 24 Years. While Proceeding to Shrishailyam for Avatar Samapti the Compassionate Guru kept his Nirguna Padukas at Ganagapur and asked the people to Worship the Padukas thrice a day. Nirguna Padukas are called so because the Padukas are Attributeless and Formless (Nirguna Nirakara) representing the Absolute Brahman. He assured everyone that One will be relieved of all Kinds of Problems by Worship of his Nirguna Padukas at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur. Pilgrims visiting Ganagapur thus worship the Padukas and get their desires fulfilled. Numerous are the Instances quoted in Shri Guru Charitra where people afflicted with some diseases or Suffering of Various Ailments who Visited Shri Guru were Cured of them.The Guru is still Blessing all the Devotees Visiting Ganagapur daily from across the World. Such is the Importance of Worship of Guru Paduka at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Poojas (Archane) / Sevas & Abhishekam to be Performed at Sri Datta Kshetra Ganagapur

Below is the List of Sevas / Poojas that one can Perform at Shree Kshetra Ganagapur :

  • Panchopachar / Alankara and Maha Pooja to the Nirgun Padukas of Shri Narasimha Saraswati Dattatreya Maharaj.
  • Keshar Lepan Puja to Nirguna Padukas of Shri Datta Guru : In this Seva devotees will get the Kesara Lepan (Saffron Paste) applied to Swamis Padukas as the Prasadam after Pooja. This Kesara Prasad is the Main Prasad of Shri Kshetra Ganagapur.
  • Rudrabhisheka to the Shivalingam in the Temple Premises / Abhisheka hall.
  • Shree Gurucharitra Parayan for Spiritual and Material Well Being of the Devotees. This Seva Can be done for 1week, 2weeks 7weeks.. etc
  • Madhukari Seva : Offering Alms (Bhiksha) to the People as it is still believed that Datta Maharaj himself accepts Bhiksha at Gangapur in the Afternoon Time.
  • Nandadeep seva (for Deepa's in the Garbha Gruha) for the Material and Spiritual well being. This Seva can be done for specified period of time like 1week, 2weeks, a month etc...
  • Pallaki Seva (Palanquin of Lord Datta) : This Seva is done in the evening from 7.30-8.30pm and the devotees can have the Darshan of the Utsav Murti of Lord Datta and participate in the Pallakhi Seva.
  • Sarva Seva (Includes all the Sevas from Morning to Night)
  • Other Sevas like Naivedya to Lord DattaDatta Homam, Laghu Rudra etc Can be done. For More details about the Concerned Seva please Contact at 9035479569

Dushera (Dasara) Celebrations at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

The Celebration of Dushera Festival also takes place very Grandly at Ganagapur. The Tenth Day after Navartri Falling in the Month of October, this is also the Samadhi Day of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba. The Celebration at Ganagapur takes place by the way of Pallakhi Procession in the Kshetra. The Utsav Murti of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati will be kept in the Pallakhi and is Carried to Kalleshwar Mandir at around 5pm. As the Token of Wishing Prosperity Devotees Mutually offer a Leaf called Semipathri. after the Poojan to the Shami Tree at Kalleshwar. On the way back to the Nirguna Math the Villagers and the People of Priest Community offer Aarti to the Lord in Pallakhi. The Palakhi reaches back at around 8pm.

Shri Gurudeva Datta !

Sri Datta Navaratra and Magha Utsavam (Celebration of Shrishailyagamana of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj) at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

This Day is Famous as the Day of Ganagapur Yatra and the Festival (Jatra Utsav) too is Considered to be the Biggest of its Kind. The Jatra Mahotsavam takes place in a Large Scale as the Devotees from Various Parts of the Country rush to Ganagapur on this day. The Magha Utsav is the Same to Ganagapur as is Ashada Ekadashi to Pandharpur.
The Celebration of Datta Navratra begins on Magha Shuddha Pratipada and is celebrated till the Pournima and the Jatra Mahotsavam begins on the Day of Magha Pournima. The Utsav is celebrated for 5 days then.

On the Day of Pournima there will be No Poojan of the Padukas after the Morning Worship and at the evening there will be Special Aarti performed to the Lord Datta.

The Next Day , the Magha Vadya Pratipada is the Important Day of Celebration and there will be Yati Pooja in the Maha Mantap at around 3pm indicating the Pooja done by the Disciples to Shri Guru while he was leaving for Kardali Vanam on a Flower Seat. There will be Annadanam and Distribution of Prasadam at the Keshava Temple nearby.

On the Next Two Days also there will be Prasada Distribution at the Keshwava Temple.
On the Fourth Day is Celebrated the Gopal Kalwa marking end of the Jatra Mahotsav. On this Day at around 12pm, the Pallakhi of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati will be taken to the Rudra Pada Teerth where all the Pilgrims take a Holy Dip.The Palakhi returns back to the Temple till 4pm and there will also be Prasada Distribution at the Keshava Temple.

Deepavali Celebrations at Shri Datta Kshetra Ganagapur

Naraka Chaturdasi which falls on Ashwija Bahula Chaturdasi (Month of October) during Deepavali festival marks the jubilant celebrations in Gangapur Dattatreya temple in Karnataka. On this day, thousands of devotees take holy bath in ‘Ashta Tirthams’ around Ganagapur Sri Kshetra temple. Ashta Tirthams are eight holy spots along the Bheema River that are sanctified by Sri Narasimha Saraswathi Swami Maharaj.

‘Dandi’ representing Swami Nrisimha Saraswathy leads the way of devotees for Punya Snan in Ashta Tirthams of Gangapur. Devotees perform holy bath in Ashta tirthams in order. The Devotees start having their Holy Dip at Shatakula Teerth at Sanagam and then Narasimha Teerth, Bhagirathi Teerth, Papa Vinashini Teerth, Koti Teerth, Rudrapada Teerth, Chakra Teerth and finally at the Manmatha Teerth near Kalleshwara Temple.

Shri Gurudeva Datta !