Importance of Madhukari Bhiksha Annadanam at Ganagapur Sri Dattatreya Temple
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Importance of Madhukari Bhiksha Annadanam

There is an assurance given by Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati to the people of Ganagapur in Shri Guru Charitra :

“Vasati Rahani Sangamase Jate Nitya Bikshese Taya Vare Ganagapurase Madhyana Kala Pareyasa“

(Adhyay 51, Sri Guru Charitra)
In these Marathi Words Shri Datta Guru has given an Assurance to all his Devotees that he would forever stay at Ganagapur and continue to accept Bhiksha at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur as ever in the Afternoon Time. Just as the Noon Chowghada (beating of Drums in Nagarkhana) begins in Datta Temple at Ganagapur, one may see people start roaming from house to house for begging of Alms. This is beacause it is believed that Datta Maharaj himself comes in disguise and takes bhiksha at Noon time and so it is said each and everyone visiting Ganagapur should offer Madhukari (Bhiksha/alms) to Some people and also accept bhiksha from minimum 5 houses as the Prasadam.

Now let us see why Madhukari Bhiksha Annadan Seva is considered of Great Importance at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur ?
Bhiksha or Begging of Alms has been a long religious and Spiritual Tradition of Hinduism. Wandering Monks or Mendicants (Sadhus) and Brahmacharis since the beginning of Indian Civilization have been mainly dependent upon the Bhiksha. Madhukari Bhiksha has a got a Special Importance in Avadhoota, Natha and Datta Sampradayas since ages. It is even mentioned in the Puranas that Lord Dattatreya keeps wandering from place to place taking Bhiksha.

We can also see in Sri Guru Charitra, the Instances where we find Sri Guru Narasimha Saraswati wandering in the Villages for taking Bhiksha.

In the 5th Chapter / Adhyay we see that Lord Dattatreya in disguise visits the house of Appalaraj and Sumati for taking alms and when he was pleased with their Devotion , he ends up blessing them that he shall incarnate by taking birth as their Son.
In Adhyay 18th Sri Guru While at Narsobawadi, goes to a Poor Brahmin’s home at Amarapur and out of Compassion decides to end their Poverty. Shri Guru uproots a Plant of Ghevda (A Kind of a Bean), which was the source of food for the Poor Brahmin’s family. The Brahmin later discovers a Pot of Gold in that Place.
Again in the 22nd Chapter we see that Shri Guru Makes an Old Barren Buffalo at a Brahmins house give Milk when he came to Ganagapur for Bhiksha. So where ever Shri Guru went for Bhiksha , he out of his Infinite Compassion uplifted the Wellbeing of his Devotees.

Madhukari Bhiksha Annadanam Seva can be performed by devotees on any particular day in their Presence or Absence by informing us atleast One day in advance. Devotees who wish to perform the seva on their behalf can send us their details (Names for Puja, Gotram and Complete Address) through Online Puja Form / direct message on whatsapp. Once the Seva is performed Prasadam shall be sent by Post / Courier.
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