History - Ganagapur Sri Dattatreya Temple
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About Ganagapura

Ganagapura / Deval Ghangapur or Sri Kshetra Ganagapur, located in afzalpur Taluka of Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) District in Karnataka, is widely famous for its 15th Century Nirgun Math Temple dedicated to Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami who is considered as the 2nd Avatara of Lord Dattatreya in this Kali Yuga.

The footprints of Sri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj who walked on this very land have made this place a Holy Tirtha Kshetra. Thousands of devotees continuously flock here from all over India.

The Dattatreya Temple as we call it today is but the Matha (Monastery) where Sri Guru Narasimha Saraswati lived for 24 years in his Avatara as a Sanyasin. After travelling to various Teertha Kshetras across India Sri Guru finally came to Ganagapura and settled down here till the conclusion of his Avatara.

The accounts of Shri Gurus various miraculous Deeds are narrated in Great detail from 22nd to 52nd Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra.
“अम्ही अस्तो याची ग्रामीं । नित्य स्नान अमरजासंगमीं । वसों माध्यान्हीं मठधामीं । गुप्तरुपें अवधारा ”

These were the very words uttered by Sri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj to his grief-stricken disciples when they were weeping profusely upon hearing about Sri Gurus decision to proceed to Shrishailyam for his Avatara Samapti. Here Sri Guru assures all his Devotees that he will be Staying at his Math at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur forever in his Nirguna Aspect. He shall take bath at the Sangam River at dawn and visit village at Noon for Madhukari Bhiksha in disguise. The Math where Sri Guru stayed came to be known widely as Nirgun Math. Sri Guru has kept his Nirguna (formless) Padukas at the matham and Trikala Puja, Aarti are performed as per his instructions till today by the Hereditary Priests of the Temple. Till today at 12 Noon daily, Madhukari Bhiksha Annadan is performed as it is believed that Sri Dattatreya visits in disguise to take alms from houses surrounding Nirgun Math.

Sri Kshetra Ganagapur is well connected by Road and Railways. Nearest Railway Station is Ganagapur Road (GUR) located at a distance of 22 kms. Nearest Airport is Gulbarga / Kalaburagi Airport (GBI) located 55kms away. For further Details on How to Reach Ganagapur Temple click here.
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Things to do in Ganagapur / Procedure of Ganagapur Yatra:-

It’s always better to reach Ganagapur by evening for Night Stay so that you can start the Yatra Vidhi next day early in the Morning. We have listed some points below to Guide you during your Visit to Ganagapur.

You need to

Bath at Sangam of Bhima and Amarja Rivers and do minimum 5 or 11 Parikrama to Holy Audumbara Tree
Sangam Temple Darshan and visit Bhasma Hill nearby while returning to Village
Reach Nirgun Math Dattatreya Temple (Main Temple) as early as possible (within 9am) in order to avoid Crowd and get Peaceful Darshan of Lord Dattatreya with Nirgun Padukas and Chintamani Ganapati
You may also perform Important Sevas like Paduka Puja and Rudrabhishekam. For details please Click here
Parikrama to Temple along with Ashwattha Tree
Offer Annadanam & accept Madhukari Bhiksha Prasadam from minimum 3 to 5 Houses
Visit Sri Kalleshwara & Shanaishwara Swami Temple located nearby
If u are present in Ganagapur by 7.30pm, you may witness / perform Palakhi Seva as well
Consider performing Ashta Teerth Snanam and visit other places if u have got sufficient time. It takes 2 to 3 hrs by Auto
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Shri Kshetra Ganagapur
Tq. Afazalpur, Dist. Gulbarga
India - 585 212

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