Thursday, April 24, 2014

Trip (Visit) to Sri Kshetra Ganagapur during a Pournima (Hunvi) ? Horoscope Remedies by an Astrologer ?

Sri Kshetra Gangapur is a popular Datta Kshetra located near Gulbarga(around 40kms). The Datta Kshetra gets crowded by the large no. of visitors(Pilgrims/Devotees) during every Pournima and Amavasyas. A Pilgrimage to Sri Kshetra Ganagapur is sought as a remedy to any of the Physical/Mental Ailments or for solving any financial crisis. Shri Guru Charitra - The Most Important Grantha which describes the Life Story of Shri Shripada Shri Vallabha and Shri Narasimha Saraswati recounts plenty of incidents where Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati rescues many of his disciples and devotees from their various problems. The Grantha which has 52 Adhyays (Chapters) in total recounts incidents wherein some devotees are relieved of their Poverty, Some are rescued from the Bhoot/Pischacha Badha, some of even got their lives back, some are blessed for Knowlegde, some blessed with Children and so on and so the belief continues till this day.

Many are the devotees who are suggested by some Astrologers for a Visit to Ganagapur and a bath at the Sangama (Confluence of Bhima and Amarja Rivers). Shri Guru as per his words accepts the Pooja (Worship) in the form of Nirguna Padukas at Nirgun Math located here. People with various problems in their Horoscope(Kundali) are now guided by Various Astrologers for a Visit and Stay at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur as a Great Remedy.

 The Present Temple is but a Math (Monastery) of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati who was a Sannyasi (Monk) of the Great Order set up by Shri Adi Shankara Bhagwatpada.Shri Guru stayed here at this math for around 24 years.

For any further information regarding a Trip , Accomodation (Lodging) or Abhishekam(Pujas/Sevas) at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur kindly do contact me at 9035479569 / 9035352133.

Shri Gurudeva Datta !

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Trip (Pilgrimage) to Ganagapur,Akkalkot,Tuljapur and Pandharpur ?

The people visiting ganagapur generally plan for a trip covering the 4 kshetras located nearby viz Sri Datta Kshetra Ganagapur, Sri Swami Samarth Kshetra Akkalkot, Sri Panduranga (Vithhala) Kshetra Pandharpur and Ambabai Kshetra Tuljapur. The Trip (Pilgrimage) to all these 4 Kshetras can be covered in 2 days if travelled in a private Vehicle.Therefore people visiting Ganagapur or any of these kshetras generally plan for a two day trip.

Sri Kshetra Ganagapur is Located at a distance of
- around 40kms from Gulbarga
- around 95kms from Solapur
- around 260kms from Hyderabad
- around 530kms from Mumbai
- around 610kms from Bangalore
- around 680kms from Mysore.

Akkalkot is located at a distance of around 40kms form Solapur.
Tuljapur is located at a distance of around 50kms from Solapur.
Pandharpur is located at a distance of around 75kms from Solapur.

Distance from Shri Kshetra Ganagapur to Akkalkot is around 70kms and akkalkot can be reached by Road or Railways.
Distance between Tuljapur and Pandharpur is around 120kms and has to be reached via Solapur Route.

One may plan the Trip as per your convenience and start up with the any of the 4 Kshetra. But if you are travelling by Train you can book a ticket till Ganagapur Road (Station around 22kms from Temple Ganagapur) and continue with the other 3 Kshetras after Ganagapur.

For any further guidance regarding your trip or to book an accomodation at Ganagapur or to perform Abhishekam (Archane) / Pujas (Sevas) at the Temple , you can contact me at 9035479569 / 9035352133.

Shri Gurudeva Datt !

Accomodation / Lodging / Dharmashalas at Sri Datta Kshetra Ganagapur

Shree Kshetra Ganagapur now have many accommodation facilities. One may opt for any of the Dharmashalas near the Temple within minimum charges or Good Lodges with A/c or Non A/c Rooms.
Normally we can arrange for you good accommodation if informed a day before your visit but if you are to visit Ganagapur on a Thursday/ Sunday or during Pournima(Hunvi) or any festivals make sure that you inform us well in advance so that we can reserve for you.Do contact me for any guidance regarding your Visit , accommodation or Pujas (sevas) to be performed at Dattatreya Temple @ 9035479569 / 9035352133.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Are People affected by Evil Spirits Cured at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur ?

Nowadays in this society we find people questioning the generally accepted faith regarding a temple. Its the same in the case of Sri Datta Kshetra Ganagapur. In such matters nothing can be said confidently. The general belief of people is that by serving Shri Datta Guru at Ganagapur one gets relieved of the problems caused by the Evil Spirits. There are thousands of people who had experienced the Fact. But this cannot be generalized as there may be people who are suffering of some mental illness but mistook it as some Bhoot or Pishacha Badha. You can find daily many people in the Temple who stay here for years together serving the Lord and getting cured of their ailments. These people visit here on their own will and stay here till there problems are solved.
          But there are many instances of affected people getting cured here and so the belief developed. Such Instances can even be seen in Shri Guru Charitra (the main grantha of Datta Sampradaya) where a women whose babies were being killed by a Bramha Pishachi (Ghost) after their birth was rescued by Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati and in the other instance when Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati was entering Ganagapur the Brahma Rakshasa living on a Ashwattha Tree surrendered to the Lord and got mukti (Salvation). There are also mention of such instances in Sri Datta Purana etc by Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati (Tembe Swami) Maharaj. So it may be that some spiritual energy is working in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur and the Lord here is protecting his devotees coming here with their various Problems.

Shri Gurudeva Datt !

Daily Pooja (Archane / Worship) Schedule at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

The Pooja at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 3 times in a Day (i.e Trikala Pooja).
Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Dattatreya Maharaj while proceeding to Kardali Van (Srisailam) for Avatar Samapti insisted his Disciples for offering Trikala Aarati to his Nirgun Padukas at the Math in Ganagapur and the same is followed by us till this Day and the Daily Pooja Schedule is :

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. The Pooja (Worship) continues till 7am when the Final Aarti is done to the Lord and again there will be Choughada indicating that the Morning Pooja had been Completed.
After this the pilgrims are allowed for the Pooja till 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 Naivedya 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.

Evening Pooja and Pallakhi Seva:


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 and other Stotras are Chanted by the Priests and residents. The Temple Closes at 9 pm.

Monday, March 17, 2014

How to Perform Ashta Teertha ( Bath at 8 Holy Teerthas) in Ganagapur ?

On the day of Deepavali, Shri Guru said to the disciple, 'We shall have bath at Trishali (3 Holy places i. e. Prayag, Kashi and Gaya ) with family and children.
The disciple said, 'For such a long journey, we require some time for preparations'. Shri Guru says 'These holy places are near about. So there is no need for special preparation.'
Shri Guru then takes everyone to Sangam and asks them to take bath in
(1) Shatakula Teerth ( Bhima-Amarja Sangam) and says that it is like Triveni Sangam of Prayaga.He says how the River Amarja was emerged from the Nectar that fell down from Indras Hands and hence Bath in this River Prevents Diseases and Untimely Death.

Shri Guru then takes them to the Following Teerthas in the Way to Ganagapur.

(2) Nrusimha Teerth : The Bath in this Teerth and then worshipping Sangameshwara is like Worshipping Shrishailya Mallikarjuna and this fulfills ones Wishes. This Teerth is in front of the Sangam Mandir.

(3) Bhagirathi (Varanasi) Teerth : The Bath in this Teerth is as Holy as Bath in Manikarnika Kund at Kashi. It is because once a Shiva Bhakta Brahmin of Bharadwaj Gotra Pleased Lord Shiva with his Devotion and when Lord Shiva appeared he asked that he want to take bath in Manikarnika daily and have Darshan of the Lord.Lord Shiva granted and a Kund was emerged there and it joined the Bhima River here.

(4) Papavinashini Teerth : As the name indicates, Bath in this Teerth Destroys all the Sins. Shri Guru at this Teerth called his Sister Ratnai and Said, 'You had killed a Cat with
a Stick and therefore you are having Leprosy. You bathe in this Tirth daily and your disease will disappear.' As advised, she bathed here for three days and her disease was wiped off.

(5) Koti Teerth : A Bath in this Teerth is like taking bath in all the Teerth of Jambu Dweepa. One should bathe here on Sankranthi, Grahan, Purnima and Amavasya and give a cow with a calf in Charity. A Charity done here is equal to a Crore Charity.

(6) Rudrapada Teerth : A Bath in this River is equivalent to a Bath in Gaya and  Shraddha etc must be Performed here.

(7) Chakra Teerth : A Dip in this Teerth is Even More Holy than the Bath in Dwaraka.


(8) Manmatha Teerth : This Teerth is in front of the Kalleshwara Mandir. The Bath in this Teerth and then worshipping Kalleshwara is like taking bath in Gokarna Teerth and worshipping Mahabaleshwara.

Devotees coming to Ganagapur do the Ashta Teerth Snan at Large Number. The Bath in Ashta Teertha's on Naraka Chathurdashi (in Diwali) day is very powerful. Even the sins and doshas will be removed by having bath in these Ashta Teerthas.

Lodging / Dharmashala or other Accommodation at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

Shree Kshetra Ganagapur now have many accommodation facilities. One may opt for any of the Dharmashalas near the Temple within minimum charges or Good Lodges with A/c or Non A/c Rooms.
Normally we can arrange for you good accommodation if informed a day before your visit but if you are to visit Ganagapur on a Thursday/ Sunday or during Pournima(Hunvi) or any festivals make sure that you inform us well in advance so that we can reserve for you.Do contact me for any guidance regarding your Visit , accommodation or Pujas (sevas) to be performed at Dattatreya Temple @ 9035479569 / 9035352133.