Gangapur Dattatreya Temple
Ganagapura (sometimes called Deval Ganagapur) is a village in Karnataka, India. it’s located in the Afzalpur taluk of Gulbarga district in Karnataka.The village is noted for its Gangapur Dattatreya Temple to Dattatreya, who is said to have earned realization here on the banks of the stream Bhima.
Gangapur Dattatreya Temple History:
Ganagapura is a kshetra (place of pilgrimage) associated with Sri Narasimha Saraswati swami, the second incarnation of Dattatreya. according to the book Shri Guru Charitra, he secure that he would abide forever at Ganagapura. in the morning, he would bathe at the confluence of the Bhima and Amarja rivers. At midday, he would go through the village asking for bhiksha (alms of food), and accept pooja offerings in the form of paduka (sandals) at the Gangapur Dattatreya Temple. Devotees believe that by bathing at the confluence, by begging (maadhukari) at at least 5 homes in Ganagapura, and by offering paduka at the Gangapur Dattatreya Temple, they will experience the living presence (darśana) of Sri Narasimha Saraswati swami, and be freed from sins and granted wishes.
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The Gangapur Dattatreya Temple importance was explained by Shreeguru and one can be seen in “Shree Gurucharitra” . there’s an assurance from Shreeguru that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go around the village for ‘Biksha’ at noon is virtually true even these days. providing “maadhukari” to the people at Ganagapur and taking biksha from atleast 5 homes has terribly improtance at this holy place. Even nowadays also, the process is continuous 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 middle day, I shall return to Ganagapur math and settle for biksha in this village and settle for your puja, devotional services during this Muth. From the view purpose of the public, i’m going away from this place. My living presence will be experienced by anyone who bathes in the Sangam and takes darshan of my padukas here. i’ll receive pujas at this kshetra in the type of paudkas”. The Padukas of Shree Nrusimha saraswathy swamy at this place are “Nirguna padukas” ( the padukas aren’t 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, religion and dedication will be consummated.
The miraculous experineces of such will ever remian hidden in the devotees own hearts. this is true even nowadays also and devotees are getting experiences of Lord Datta’s presenct at Gangapur Dattatreya Temple. The people who are affected by 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 Gangapur Dattatreya Temple kshetra.
How to Reach Gangapur
Gulbarga to Gangapur = 52 km by Road
Buses available from all major cities. Nearest Main Railway station available in Gulbarga ( Karnataka ).