Dattatreya Swamy Temple
|Dattatreya Swamy Temple|
|Deity||Shree Narasimha Saraswathi|
|Street||Shree Dattatreya Swamy Temple, Ganagapura|
|Open Hours - Morning||3:00 AM to 10:00 PM|
|Open Hours - Evening||3:00 AM to 10:00 PM|
|Stay|| The temple is situated at the center of Ganagapura village. It is at a distance of about 40 Kms from Gulbarga city which is the district headquarter.
Chowdapura village is the junction of Gulbarga-Hosur road (SH-22) and Ganagapura is at a distance of about 7 Kms from Chowdapura.
The temple has provided accommodation facility to the devotees coming to the temple. No hotels are available for accommodation in Ganagapura village. Gulbarga city is at 40 Kms from the temple where a number of hotels are available for Boarding and Lodging. Some of the major hotels in Gulbarga city are given below.
Hotel Raja Rajeshwari Hotel Prashanth Hotel Aditya Hotel Southern Star Hotel Panchami International Hotel Shri Nagarjun Hotel Kamath Hotel Santhosh
|Tags / Keywords||Dattatreya, Gangapura, Bhima River, Amaraja River, Narasimha Saraswathi|
|Online Donation Facility||No|
Ganagapura at the confluence of Bhima and Amaraja Rivers is a famous pilgrim centre synonymous with its temple dedicated to Shree Narasimha Saraswathi. A text by name Shree Guru Charitre describes the place as Gandharvapura and Ganagabhavana. The present temple said to be about 650 years old was actually a Mutt established by Shree Bhaskara Bhatta, coming under the purview of the Shringeri Mutt. Shree Narasimha Saraswathi to whom the temple is dedicated was a saint belonging to the Dattatreya tradition and hailed as Lord Narayana himself. Dattatreya of Mahurgad in Maharashtra is considered to be the first in the lineage and Shripada Shreevallabha of Raichur as the second one. Shree Narasimha Saraswathi who lived in Ganagapura for 23 years was a great teacher who led a pious life and left a legacy of Guru Parampara to guide his devotees. When he wished to move from Ganagapura to Shrishaila the devotees requested him to stay back in Ganigapura itself. But he consoled them by leaving behind his footwear called nirvana padukas as the object of worship at the sanctum. An image of Dattatreya with three faces representing Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara is also kept in the sanctum at a lower level with a spatial Linga in front. The Antarala portion has a small window (kindi) through which these can be viewed. The worship rituals at the temple start very early at 3 A.M every day. The belief that Shree Narasimha Saraswathi would beg for alms has kept a religious tradition alive called as blander or Bhikshanna as a part of which free food is distributed to whoever visits the temple at noon time. Thursdays are considered auspicious for worship. Datta Jayanthi is celebrated in a grand manner in December. Devotees from Maharashtra throng to the temple throughout the year.
Every Thursday evening between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Narasimha Saraswathi Sangeetha Seva Samithi will be organising Chanting of Bhajans in the temple. During special days and festival days, devotees voluntarily organize Bhajan programs in the temple.
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Datta Jayanthi is celebrated in a grand manner in December. Devotees from Maharashtra throng to the temple throughout the year.
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