Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sri Datta Navaratra and Magha Utsavam (Celebration of Shrishailyagamana of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj) at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur

This Day is Famous as the Day of Ganagapur Yatra and the Festival (Jatra Utsav) too is Considered to be the Biggest of its Kind. The Jatra Mahotsavam takes place in a Large Scale as the Devotees from Various Parts of the Country rush to Ganagapur on this day. The Magha Utsav is the Same to Ganagapur as is Ashada Ekadashi to Pandharpur.
The Celebration of Datta Navratra begins on Magha Shuddha Pratipada and is celebrated till the Pournima and the Jatra Mahotsavam begins on the Day of Magha Pournima. The Utsav is celebrated for 5 days then.

On the Day of Pournima there will be No Poojan of the Padukas after the Morning Worship and at the evening there will be Special Aarti performed to the Lord Datta.

The Next Day , the Magha Vadya Pratipada is the Important Day of Celebration and there will be Yati Pooja in the Maha Mantap at around 3pm indicating the Pooja done by the Disciples to Shri Guru while he was leaving for Kardali Vanam on a Flower Seat. There will be Annadanam and Distribution of Prasadam at the Keshava Temple nearby.

On the Next Two Days also there will be Prasada Distribution at the Keshwava Temple.
On the Fourth Day is Celebrated the Gopal Kalwa marking end of the Jatra Mahotsav. On this Day at around 12pm, the Pallakhi of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati will be taken to the Rudra Pada Teerth where all the Pilgrims take a Holy Dip.The Palakhi returns back to the Temple till 4pm and there will also be Prasada Distribution at the Keshava Temple.

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