Daily Pooja Schedule of Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple and Ganagapur Yatra Vidhi (Krama)
The Pooja and Aarti to Lord Datta at Ganagapur Kshetra is done Thrice a Day (Trikala Pooja and Aarti) as per the Words of Shri Guru
Narasimha Saraswati himself :
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 (52Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra) viz..
Kakada Aarti and Morning Pooja at Ganagapur (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 Sanctum Sanctorum (Garbhagriha) 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 Dharma Darshana right from Kakada Aarti only.
Elaborate Ritualistic Worship with Shodashopachara is then offered to the Lord. 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 the 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 has 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 to Lord Datta in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 12pm. The Pooja and Naivedyam to Kshetradhipati Shri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj and Chintamani Ganapati 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 therefore offer alms (Bhiksha) to some people and accept alms from atleast 5 houses. This Bhiksha is the Maha Prasadam of Gangapur. After the Maha Naivedyam Pilgrims are again allowed for Paduka Pooja for an hour (1pm-2pm)
Evening Pooja and Palakhi Sohala (7pm-9pm) :
The Evening Pooja to Lord Datta starts at 7.30 pm and after the Aarti the Utsav Murti of Lord Datta Maharaj will be kept in the Palakhi (Palanquin) after which the Palaki Sohala (Pallakhi Seva) starts (around 8pm).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 Various other Stotras are Chanted by the Priests and residents. Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj had a great liking for Music which can be seen in the 51st and 52nd Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra where he asks his Disciples to Propitiate him by Singing Bhajans and therefore Various Aartis ,Bhajans are also sung daily at the Temple. The Temple Closes at 9 pm.