Thursday, December 15, 2011

Importance of Ananta Vrata (Celebrated on Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturdashi) explained by Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati to the Disciple Sayamdeo which can be seen in Adhyay 43 of Shri Guru Charitra :

Adhyay 43 : Shri Guru Explains the Importance of Ananta Vrata to Sayamdeo

The Ananta Vrata is Celebrated every year on the Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturdashi.

The Significance of Ananta Vrata was explained by Shri Guru to the Disciple Sayamdeo and his Family. Shri Guru Says him that Lord Shri Krishna advised Pandavas to do the Ananta Vrata during their Exile to get back their Kingdom. 

Shri Guru also quotes the Tale which was narrated by Lord Shri Krishna.
Shri Krishna says , Once in the Krita Yuga there lived a Brahmin of Vashishtha Gotra called Sumantu who was married to the Sage Bhrigus daughter Diksha. They had a daughter called Susheele. After some days on the Death of the wife Diksha , the Karma Kriyas of Sumantu stopped because of it and he had to marry with Karkasha. Karkasha always quarreled with them and this dejected Sumantu. Once Koundinya Rishi came there and Sumantu married Susheele with him. Koundinya Rishi stayed there for 2 Masa and soon realized the Conflicts with his wife and Mother in Law and within Some Days he left their home.

On the way the Rishi stopped near a River for Anushthan and Susheele joined the other womens there and Performed Ananta Vrata till her husband returned.

Ananta was Pleased and the Rishi became the Gramadhipati of the Nearby Amaravati Nagar. But once when the two were sitting together Koundinya observed the red string on the wrist of Sushila and asked her whether she is trying to keep him under control using it. Susheele explained the Fact but Koundinya Rishi threw it in fire angrily saying its the Result of his Penance that they had got Prosperity and not because of Ananta.
Lord Ananta became angry and the Rishi lost everything and soon he realized his Mistake and left for the Jungles searching Ananta. Anant was again Pleased with his Devotion and he took him to a Fine City and Showed him his Real Form and Blessed with Prosperity.

Thus the Story was narrated by Lord Shri Krishna to Pandavas and by Shri Guru to Sayamdeo. But Sayamdeo says that Shri Guru himself is Ananta but even then Shri Guru insisted him Saying you must Perform it as Your Gotra is Koundinya only. Sayamdeo Performs the Vrata and also arranges Grand Samaradhana.

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Who was Siddha Muni ? Mention about Shri Siddha Muni in Shri Guru Charitra :

Adhyay 2 : Namadharak meets Shri Siddha Muni (This Place is now identified as Siddhanal near Ganagapur).

We dont get much details about Siddha Muni in Shri Guru Charitra. All that we know about him is through his Mention in Adhyay 13 that is when Shri Guru was at Prayag he had many disciples,they were Bal Saraswati, Krishna Saraswati, Upendra Saraswati, Madhav Saraswati, Sadanand Saraswati, Dnyanjyoti Saraswati and Shri Siddha as seven chief disciples. This was his First Meeting.

Also he is mentioned at some places like in Adhyay 16 when Shri Guru sent all the Disciples for Pilgrimage Siddha says to Namadharak that he alone Stayed with Shri Guru when he was at Vaijnath and also narrates the Incident of how a Brahmin was told about Guru Mahima.

Lastly he is Mentioned in 52nd Adhay when he says namadharak that 4 Disciples i.e Nandi Narahari Sayamdeo and himself accompanied Shri Guru till Patala Ganga.

If anyone of you remember some more Mention about Shri Siddha Muni plzz do quote them.

Interesting thing is there is a Village named Siddhanal near Ganagapur where Siddha Muni is sopposed to have met Namdharak. and hence the Name Siddhanal. The First 2 Adhyays were narrated at this Place because in Adhyay 3 Siddha Muni takes Namdharak to Bhima-Amarja Sangam at Ganagapur and this can be seen in Shri Guru Charitra.

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The Details about the Muslim King Alauddin Ahmad Shah 2 (Rajaka in his Previous Birth) mentioned in the Adhay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra ( Also Included are the Picture and Details of his Tomb at Ashtur near Bidar) :

Adhyay 50 :Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati at the Bidar Fort of the King (Rajaka)

Adhyay 50 :Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati at the Bidar Fort of the King (Rajaka)

What we Know about the Muslim King (Rajaka in Previous Birth) is only through the Details Mentioned about him in Shri Guru Charitra. As Per most of the Scholars, Shri Narasimha Saraswati lived from Shaka 1300 to Shaka 1380 or 1378 CE to 1458 CE and Period of his Stay at Ganagapur is Sha.1357-1380 (1435 CE-1458 CE). The Muslim King is said to have met Shri Guru just some time before the Avatar Samapti of Shri Guru. Thus it is clear that the King might have met Shri Guru after 1450 only.

The Kingdom of Vidarbha (Bidar) was at this time ruled by Alauddin Ahmad Shah II  who ascended the Throne on Apr 17, 1436 and continued till May 6, 1458 CE.
Thus its clear that it was Alauddin Ahmad Shah II who Visited Shri Guru. Also according to the Historical Records only Alauddin II is said to have suffered of Wound in his Leg (It is said that the King had the Injury in 1453).  The King might have later visited Shri Guru. It is also interesting to know that the Avatar Samapti Year and the Year of the Kings death is Same. i.e 1458.

Alauddin II belonged to the Bahamani Dynasty and he succeeded his Father Ahmad Shah I in 1436.  These Bahamani Rulers were different from the Delhi Mughals and there were four such states which were existing that time viz Berar (Including Mahur), Daulatabad, Bidar and Gulbarga. Many times " Chahu Rashtra (Four States) " term occurring in Shri Guru Charitra possibly points to this.

This king (Alauddin II)  was very moderate and did not destroy temples or old monuments. He also was supposed to be quite friendly towards the Hindu communities. Shri Guru Charitra also states the Same Character of the King.

Entrance_Bidar Fort of the Muslim King Alauddin Ahmad Shah 2 which Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Visited

Tomb of the Muslim King Alauddin Ahmad Shah 2 (Rajaka) located at Ashtur near Bidar

It can be Seen in Adhyay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra that Shri Guru asked the Muslim King to come and meet him at Shrishailyam. Shri Guru had also sent his Disciples on Pilgrimage asking them to come to Shrishailyam later to have his Darshan (While at Vaijnath, Adhyay 15). But the Details about Meeting of Shri Guru with Disciples and the King at Shrishailyam is not mentioned in Shri Guru Charitra.

Now that the tomb of the King is located at Bidar means that the King had been to Shrishailyam for the Darshan of Shri Guru and died later on his return to Bidar.

Tomb of the Muslim King Alauddin Ahmad Shah 2 (Rajaka) located at Ashtur near Bidar

Details about the Tomb :

The Tomb of Alauddin Ahmad Shah II (Reign 1436-58), the first son of Ahmad Shah Wali, and who became the 10th sultan after succeeding his father, is situated nearly adjacent to the tomb of his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah, to the west. It is assumed to have been built in 1458. This majestic tomb is also built on a square plan and has a large dome, however, its outside walls have a special feature. The walls are decorated by five arches in different sizes which are framed by black stones. The central arch is the highest and the two arches on the sides are different in height but still maintain symmetry. On the walls, black basolt and tiles are used. The upper part of the arches is decorated uniquely by patterns including diamond shapes, which give a simple tone to the building as a whole and are effective from a decorative standpoint. (Matsuo Ara)

Some Facts about Alauddin Ahmad Shah II (Rajaka)  known through the Historical Records :

Ahmad Shah I (Father of Alauddin II) had been very successful as a king and when he died he was popular even to the extent of being regarded as a
 Saint. His son Zafar Khan who assumed the title of Ahmad on his accession. He gave preference to newcomers from outside over the old in his cabinet. This created a great cleavage between them (New Comers) and the Dakhnis (Old Comers). He married the Daughter of Raja of Sangmeswar (Hindu) and gave her the title of Zeba Chehra apart from the daughter of Nasir Khan Faruqi of Khandesh ‘Agha Zainab’.

Alauddin, though generally pious and benevolent, gradually overcame his repugnance to taking life. He used wine himself, but prohibited its use by his subjects, and gamblers and wine-bibbers had iron collars riveted on their necks and were compelled to work as scavengers or set to hard labor on the public works; and those who persisted, despite this discipline, in the use of wine, had molten lead poured down their throats. A grandson of the saint Gisu Daraz, convicted of brawling with a woman of the town, received the bastinado in the market place, and his companion was expelled from the city.

He built his father's mausoleum in Ashutur in the eastern outskirts of Bidar and a mausoleum for a saint, Shah Khalil Ullah, between Ashutur and Bidar. It is also known that he had built a great hospital in Bidar and a garden pavilion of Nimatabad, although they do not exist anymore. It is said that he had a liking for culture, and he did not pay much attention to politics.

The king's benevolence was displayed in the establishment and endowment at Bidar of a hospital where food, drugs, and medical treatment were supplied free of charge, and his piety in his love of long sermons and the destruction of idol-temples, from the materials of which mosques were built. He prided himself also on his love of justice, and added al-Adil (The Just) to his titles. At the end of his reign an Arab merchant who had been unable to obtain payment for some horses sold to officers of the court, and had also been scandalized by the massacre of the Sayyids and other Foreigners at Chakan, sprang up on hearing the king thus described, and cried, "No, by God! You are not just, generous, clement, or compassionate, tyrant and liar! You have
slain the pure seed of the prophet and in the pulpit of the Muslims take to yourself such titles as these!"

The king, weeping bitterly, replied: "They will hardly escape from the fire of God's wrath who give me, in this world and the next, a name as ill as Yazid's". He then retired to his chamber and left it no more until he was borne forth to the grave.

Against his virtues must be set that gross sensuality which his religion permitted, and which he carried to such excess that most of his time was spent among the thousand women collected in his harem, and he so neglected business as to hold a public audience no oftener than once in four or five months.

In 1453 the king received an injury to his leg which confined him to his palace, and rumors of his death were circulated and credited.

Alauddin died in 1458, having some time before designated as his heir his eldest son Humayun, who bore a reputation so evil that his father had been urged to reconsider his decision, which, however, had never been revoked.

Papa Vinashini Teerth / Papnash Shiva Temple at Bidar,Karnataka mentioned in Adhyay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra.

Papa Vinashini Teerth / Papnash Shiva Temple :

Papa Vinashini Teerth / Papnash Temple at Bidar

Shiva Lingam at Papa Vinashini Teerth / Papnash Temple
Papnash Shiva Temple is situated in Bidar district in North-east Karnataka. It is believed that the Shiva Linga idol in this temple is one of those installed by Lord Rama during the time of his journey back from Lanka. A natural spring flows into a pond in front of the temple called Papnasha which means destruction of sins.

Every year, during Shivratri festival lots of tourists visit Papnash Shiva Temple. At the ruins an ancient Shiva Temple along with a New Temple has been built on the slops of the hill. The location of the temple in a valley is mesmerising to the eyes. At the foot of the temple is a cistern measuring 16 ft by 14 ft. The cistern is continuously fed by the natural spring and towards the north there is small tank which is said to be built during Lord Rama s times.

It gets very crowded during Shivaratri celebrations. In the sanctum, there is a big Shiva Linga. In the temple complex, there are three other Shiva Lingas. These Shiva Lingas can be touched by devotees, and they can directly offer pujas to them.

Papnash means destroyer of sins. It is believed that a visit to this temple and a dip in the Papnash pond will destroy all the sins committed by a person. For this reason alone, this temple attracts a large number of pilgrims

How to Get to Papnash Shiva Temple:

The Papnash Shiva Temple is located near the Bidar-Udgir Road. There is a bus station about two kilometers away which is connected to Bidar city from where other transport options can be taken.

Papa Vinashini Teerth Mentioned in Adhyay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra :

Papa Vinashini Teerth Mentioned in Adhyay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra

Papa Vinashini Teerth at Bidar (Karnataka).

Incidents that took Place here :

1) The King Visits the Teerth on the advise of the Brahmins and takes a Holy Dip here. Also he meets a Sanyasi here who narrates the Story of a Ujjaini Brahmin who was Blessed by Rishabha Muni.

2) Shri Guru on the request of the King visits Bidar and Comes to Papa Vinashini Teerth where Sayamdeos Son Naganath comes to meet Shri Guru and also takes him to his Home for a Samaradhana.

3) Shri Guru returns to the Teerth after the Samaradhana and the King who traveled for a Day from Gangapur meets Shri Guru here and takes him to his Kingdom

For Detailed Explanation (According to Adhyay 50 of Shri Guru Charitra ) , Read on ;

The Papa Vinashini (Papnash) Teerth at Bidar is the Holy Place which was Sanctified by the Visit of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati. The Account of Shri Gurus visit to Bidar is as Follows :

We can see in the 9th Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra that Shripad Shri Vallabha blesses a Rajaka (Washer Man) to be a King in his Next Birth and also assures him that he would meet him as Shri Narasimha Saraswati ( The 2nd Incarnation).

Accordingly he (rajaka) takes birth in the Royal Kingdom of Vidarbha. Due to devotation of previous birth he was kind and pious. He treated all religions and sects equally. Thus the king was ruling impartially. Once he had a tumour on his thigh, Vaidyas and Hakims treated him but to no effect. The King then consulted the Local Brahmins who suggested him to take a bath at the Holy Papa Vinashini Teerth there.
The King accordingly visited the Holy Teerth and had a Holy Dip at the Teerth. There he met a Sanyasi who explained him the Importance of Sadguru Darshan and also quoted him the following Story ;

There lived a Brahmin at Ujjaini who gave up his Brahmin Rites and lived with a Prostitute. But once they Served Rishabha Muni with Devotion. Later on in their old age, both the Brahmin and Pingla died.

The Brahmin took birth as a Son of the Eldest Queen of King Vajrabahu. The Young Queen who was Jealous gave poison to the Eldest Queen Sumati when the Baby was in womb. Both the Mother and Son were affected by erruptions all over the body and the King who failed to treat them ordered that they must be left in the Forest. But to their fortune they met a Pious King who arranged for their Stay. But one day the Child died and when the Mother was weeping bitterly. Rishabha Muni recalling the Brahmins Past Service not only revived him to Life but also cured both of them.

Thus the Sanyasi asked the King to Serve a Saint and said that the King should Visit Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati at Ganagapur. The King immediately went to Ganagapur and visited Sangam to meet Shri Guru. On seeing him Shri Guru asked " O, Rajak, where have you been so far? I am seeing you after a long period". On this the King at once recalled his Past birth and prostrated before Shri Guru and began to shed tears of love and joy. When he wanted to show the Tumour , he found it was already Cured. He then Pleaded Shri Guru to visit his Place. Shri Guru agreed and said him that he would meet him at Papavinashini in Bidar. Shri Guru disappeared Instantly and reached Papavinashini Teerth where Sayamdeos Son visits and takes Shri Guru to his home for a Samaradhana. Shri Guru then comes back to PapVinashini and the King takes him to his Kingdom. Shri Guru then Visits Goutami and returns to Ganagapur.

A Article about Shivaratri Celebrations at Papa Vinashini / Papnash Shiva Temple at Bidar published in the Newspaper "The Hindu".

Crowd during Shiva Ratri Celebrations at Papa Vinashini Temple

Annual Event : The crowd at the Papanash temple on Mahashivaratri in Bidar on Wednesday.

Bidar: Thousands of devotees came to the Papanash temple fair in Bidar on the occasion of Mahashivaratri on Wednesday.
The faithful began queuing up before the temple beside the historical Papanash lake even before sunrise.

Strains of music :

Varkari teams from Maharashtra who came walking from across the border arrived at sunrise. They were singing ‘Abhangs' and devotional songs all through their journey. They camped in tents around the temple, lit a fire and sat around it to warm themselves.

Pundharik Tandle, who had come from Neelanga in Maharashtra said they walked over 200 km to reach Bidar. “A team of 11 members including women and children left the village on Sunday morning,” he said. He sang Tukaram's popular Marathi Abhang ‘Yacha Sathi Kela Hota Attahas' and Eknath's ‘Kaya Hi Pandhari'. They plan to fast on Wednesday, stay awake through the night singing songs, and leave Bidar after the morning prayers on Thursday. Rindavva Machindar, an old woman who was making tea nearby, said she had been visiting the Papanash temple for 22 years now.

The annual fair held on the mountain in front of the temple was colourful, reminding one of a village fair. The temple trust had allotted space to shopkeepers to put up stalls near the temple. There were vendors of all wares here. Despite most devotees fasting on the day of Mahashivaratri, the food stalls did brisk business. They sold ‘susla,' a local delicacy made from puffed rice. Its rival was the‘mirchi pakoda.' Bakkappa Ramgond sold a unique eatable. He cut slices from the Ram Gadde, a sweet root found in the jungles of Khanapur in Bhalki taluk, and sold them for Rs. 2 a piece. Next to him was the snake-charmer Dhoolappa with his son Akash from Aurad. They had brought three baskets full of snakes that they said were caught near the Papanash Lake and Chitta village. A beggar had turned an empty can of baby food into a musical instrument by fixing it with thin steel wire and bamboo.

The authorities had to work hard to control the crowd. The police barricaded the area and restricted vehicle entry. The Department of Women and Child Development put up a stall to sell materials prepared by women's self help groups (SHGs) in the district. The Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya put up an exhibit of pictures and posters about Lord Shiva.

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Shri Kshetra Ganagapur on Tv9 Show Heegu Unte.

A Video of the Tv9 Show about Experiences of The Divine Blessings of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj and his Continuous Presence at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur. The Video is in Kannada Language. Though they didnt cover Most of the Kshetra Importance its still worth watching as they had covered The Importance of Bhasma Dongar, Audumbar at Sangam, Madhukari and Mostly the Experiences of the Devotees.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shri Swami Samarth Kshetra Akkalkot, Shri Manik Prabhu Kshetra Manik Nagar Humnabad and Shri Tembe Swami Janma Sthaan Mangaon in Episode 5 of " Shri Gurudeva Datta " Datta Jayanti Special Show on Saam Tv.

Part 1 : Shri Swami Samarth Kshetra Akkalkot Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 2 : Shri Manik Prabhu Kshetra Manik Nagar Humnabad Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta
(Saam Tv)

Part 3 : Shri Tembe Swami Janma Sthaan Mangaon Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

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Shri Datta Kshetra Narsobawadi and Shri Datta Bhojan Patra Mandir Shirol in Episode 3 of " Shri Gurudeva Datta " Datta Jayanti Special Show on Saam Tv.

Part 1 : Shri Kshetra Narsobawadi Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 2 : Shri Kshetra Narsobawadi and Shri Datta Bhojan Patra Mandir Shirol on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 3 :
Shri Kshetra Narsobawadi Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Narsobawadi Paduka Pooja

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Datta Kshetra Audumbar and Bhuvaneshwari Devi Kshetra Bhillavadi in Episode 2 of " Shri Gurudeva Datta " Datta Jayanti Special Show on Saam Tv.

Part 1 : Shri Kshetra Audumbar Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 2 : Shri Kshetra Audumbar and Bhillavadi Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 3 : Shri Kshetra Audumbar Pooja Details on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

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Datta Kshetras Mahur, Girnar, Pithapur, Kurwapur and Karanja in Episode 1 of " Shri Gurudeva Datta " Datta Jayanti Special Show on Saam Tv.

Part 1 : Mahur and Girnar Datta Kshetra Darshan on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 2 : Shripad Shri Vallabha Kshetras Pithapur and Kurwapur on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

Part 3 : Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Janma Sthaan Lad Karanja on Shri Gurudeva Datta (Saam Tv)

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Gouri Hunvi (Pournima) / Kartika Pournima Celebrations at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur :

The Most Grandly Celebrated Festival at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur  “Gouri Pournima” or Kartika Pournima ended on 11/11/2011 which was celebrated with Great Devotion by all the Devotees for 2 Days i.e on 10th and 11th Nov.

The Kartika Pournima is Celebrated because it was on this Day that the Demon Tripura who conquered all the 3 Worlds was Killed by Lord Shiva. And it is Known as Deva-Diwali also. 

Lord Shiva Kills Tripurasura

The Celebration at Ganagapur also has an Additional Reason and which can be Seen in the 47th Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra and is as below :

Adhyay 47 : Ashta Rupa Dharan

While Shri Guru was at Ganagapur once during Deepavali Devotees from Nearby Villages came to Math and requested Shri Guru to Visit their Village.But Shri Guru asked them to Mutually decide as to whose place should he Visit, the Disciples started to argue within themselves and thus the Kind Shri Guru decided to Satisfy all and called each of them separately and said that he would Visit him only and that not to say this to anyone.

The Day of Dhanatrayodhashi arrived and the Great Compassionate Shri Guru assumed 8 Forms and Visited each of them and also stayed at Ganagapur.

Later during the Kartika Pournima all the Disciples again gathered at the Math for the Occasion of Deeparadhana and each of them Started Saying that Shri Guru Visited  them during Deepavali and started showing the Things they gave Shri Guru. Thus everyone Realised that Shri Guru assumed 8 Forms to Bless all of them.

This Occasion was Grandly Celebrated by them and this continues to be Celebrated till this Very Day and is One of the Major Festival at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur.

Celebrations :

On the First Day the Palakhi of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj leaves Nirgun Math at around 12pm and is taken to the Bhima-Amarja Sangam with a Single Stop at Vishranti Katta. Devotees are allowed to take the Darshan till 10pm. At around 9pm the Aarti starts and continues for an Hour after which at 10pm the Palakhi leaves Sangam and reaches  Nirgun Math at around 12.30. On the way Bhajans are done in front of the Palakhi. The Palakhi stops at 2 Places for a while i.e Vishranti Katta (The Place where Shri Guru used to Relax) and the Sati Katta (where the Young Lady Savitri from Mahur found her Husband Dead). All through the way after Sati Katta the Womens of the Village offer Aarti to Shri Guru.

Sangam Temple on the 1st Day of Celebrations (A Day before Pournima)

Shri Guru Palakhi at Sangam

Devotees having Darshan of Shri Guru at Sangam

Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj Palakhi at Sangam

A Great Job by Devotees

A Great Job by Devotees

Bhajans in Front of Palakhi on its way back to Nirgun Math

Shri Guru Palakhi on its way back to Nirgun Math

On the Second Day, the Pournima Day, the Palakhi leaves Nirgun Math at around 1.30 and is taken to Sangam with a Single Stop at Vishranti Katta. Devotees  are allowed to have Darshan of Shri Guru all the Day.The Day is Marked with its Celebration by the way of Vana Bhojana. The Villagers and Visitors carry their Food Items to Sangam, exchange and partake the food and thus its called "Vana-bhojan". After this at around 8pm the Aarti Starts which continues for 2 Hours and at around 10pm the Palakhi heads back towards Nirgun Math. After the Usual stop at Vishranti Katta, the Palakhi reaches Sati Katta where the Villagers and Visitors take Darshan of the Lord for 2 Hours. The Thrilled Villagers starts Performing Dances and Dandiya (which continues till Morning) and the Palakhi then Slowly heads towards Math. The Villagers Come out in the Mid Night to Offer Aarti to the Lord and then Finally Palakhi reaches Nirgun Math at around 5.30am after which the Daily Routine starts with the Morning Pooja after a break of half an hour.

Shri Guru Palakhi heads towards Sangam from Nirgun Math on Gouri Pournima Day

Shri Guru Palakhi moving to Sangam on Gouri Pournima Day

Shri Guru Palakhi on its way to Sangam

Shri Guru Palakhi Stops for a While on Vishranti Katta

Vana Bhojanam on the Banks of Sangam on Gouri Pournima Day

Shri Datta Maha Puja in Nirgun Math on the Day of Gouri Pournima

Shri Guru Palakhi moving back to Nirgun Math at Night

Shri Guru Palakhi on the Sati Katta

Shri Guru Utsav Murti in the Palakhi

Shri Guru Utsav Murti in Palakhi

Shri Guru in Palakhi at Sati Katta

Shri Guru Palakhi reaches back Nirgun Math on the Next Day at  5.30am

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Datta Jayanti Utsav Celebrations at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur :

Datta Jayanti Celebrations

The Most Celebrated Festival of the Datta Sampradaya “Shri Datta Jayanti” was celebrated with Great Devotion and Enthusiasm at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur. This Occasion particularly attracts a large number of Devotees from all over the Country as Ganagapur is considered to be the headquarter of the Datta Sampradaya. Lord Dattatreya is the 1st Incarnation of the Trinity God viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Story of Datta Avatar can be seen in the 4th Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra.

The Datta Jayanti Celebrations at Ganagapur lasted for two days ending on 10/12/2011.

On the First Day (Margashirsha Shuddha Chaturdasi, 09/12/2011), the Cradle Ceremony will be Celebrated in the Nirgun Math (Datta Mandir) Premises at around 12pm. Crowds of Devotees gather in the Temple Premises since Morning to have a Holy Glimpse of Lord Dattatreya. After the Celebrations the Routine Activities are carried on.

Cradle of Lord Datta on 09/12/2011

Crowd of Devotees during the Cradle Ceremony

Cradle during Datta Jayanti

Shri Datta Mahapuja during Datta Jayanti

The Second Day (Margashirsha Pournima, 10/12/2011) is the Day of Rathotsava and the Utsav Murti of Lord Dattatreya mounted on the Rath (chariot) will be taken out in a Procession till the Hanuman Temple at the East of the Nirgun Math and after Performing Mangala Aarti to Lord Hanuman the Rath is taken back to the Nirgun Math.
( The Rathotsav generally takes place in the Evening at around 5.30 but this year the Rathotsav started at around 3pm after which Palakhi Seva was also done within 4.30pm  because of the Khagras Chandra Grahan : 6.15pm-9.48pm )

The Utsav Murti of Lord Datta taken for Procession

Rath reaches Hanuman Temple and Mangala Aarti is offered to Lord Hanuman

Shri Datta Utsav Murti in the Rath

Shri Datta Utsav Murti in the Palakhi

Shri Datta Utsav Murti in the Palakhi (after Rathotsav)

The Celebrations was marked with the Holy Presence of Shri Shri Shankara Bharati Mahaswamiji (the Peethadhisha of Yadathore Sri Yoganandeshwara Saraswathi Math, K.R Nagar ,Mysore), who had been to Ganagapur for a Stay of few days.

Shri Shri Shankara Bharati Mahaswamiji on the 1st Day of Celebrations

Shri Shri Shankara Bharati Mahaswamiji during the 1st Day of Celebrations

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Brief Life History of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj ( Places of Shri Guru are Highlited ) :

Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj

Shri Guru Maharaj at Nirgun Math

Shri Guru Nirguna Padukas at Nirgun Math

Shri Sripaad Swami told a Brahmin lady to devote her Life to the Worship of Lord Shiva. She did accordingly and, as a result of it, She was born in Karanja a town near Akola (Central India) in a pious family and was named Amba. She Grew and she was Married to a Pious man Madhava Sharma. She was Devoted, Heart and Soul, to the service of of her Husband. His Noble Company added to the Holy Tendencies she developed as a result of her Spiritual Discipline in her Previous Life. She now became an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. In Course of Time, She gave birth to a Son. The Child did not Cry, as usual, at Birth. On the other hand, the only sound he uttered was 'AUM' (the eternal sound - 'AUM' is the manifestation of the spirit) and everyone was amazed at it. Astrologers assured Madhava Sharma that their child was indeed an avatar of the Lord. They also Prophesied that he would renounce all worldly ties and that he would uplit the fallen souls. The child was named Narahari. The Name Signified that he was the dispeller of the Sins and Miseries of Human Beings. The Child Narahari grew up to be a handsome boy of five, but he could not speak and the parents were very much worried about it. One day, the boy conveyed to them through gestures that he wished to be invested with the sacred thread. Young Narahari learned the 'Gayatri Mantra', adopted the vows of a young Celebate (Brahmacharya), accepted the first offering of food from his mother's hands and at once recited the Vedas (external repositories of Spiritual Wisdom) . The Parents were Overjoyed but their joy did not Last. According to Tradition after the Sacred Thread Ceremony, the initiate is a Sannyasi and has to beg Alms from his Mother and Leave for Pilgrimage. Thus, the mother asked him to beg alms and young Narahari, taking it as her adesha (command) sought permission to take Sannyasa, renounce worldly life and Leave for Pilgrimage. The mother bewailed her plight and pleaded with him to give up such an idea. Narhari said "I do not want to enjoy the objects of the senses which can only lead to Misery. So, I shall pass on from the state of Celebacy directly to the life of a Sannyasi. Wealth, Family Ties and Responsibilities are as unreal as a dream. Youth is transient as a flower which soon withers. Thus life is very short when viewed in the light of the only purposed of it, i.e., Self-realization. To be emotionally attached to anything in this phenomenal world amounts to mere self-betrayal and is self-defeating too. This body, with the skin as its surface layer, flesh, bones and the blood within, is as frail a structure as a water bubble. Excessive fondness for one's spouse and children is the root of all other evil tendencies. In itself, this body of ours is made of inanimate matter and is ever changing and perishable. Only the 'Self' within is eternal and is our only true being. Joys and sorrows of worldly life are merely relative, subjective and are therefore illusory experiences to the realized. Man can break the fetters of this illusion only through the grace of the Guru. Therefore, Oh mother, do not hinder me in my resolve. You shall be blessed with some more children. Go on meditating on me and thereby you shall cross the ocean of misery and ignorance too". So saying, Narahari again blessed His mother with the vision of His Divine form. She perceived it through the eye of wisdom and wasat once reminded of her previous birth. So she said to the Lord 'Holy one, you are indeed Lord Sripaad, who, in my previous life, saved me from my unwise resolve to commit suicide. I bow before you. You are, indeed, the Unbounded one. All the universes have their being in your infinite expanse. To say that you are born to me as my son is but a fallacy; for you are eternal. Yours is the omnipotent will. I shall not hinder your resolve to renounce the world for the welfare of all sentient beings. You have assured me that I shall be blessed with a few more children. Pray, stay with us, at least till such time!' Lord Narahari graciously acceded to her request and stayed away. The blessed couple used to worship the Lord every day with full awareness of his divinity. Many were the learned who flocked to Him for the elucidation of intricate questions in scriptural knowledge. Many of them got their doubts clarified and attained Self-realization. This is no task to one who could uplift even the dull witted. After his mother got more children He covered His head with a piece of cloth, put on wooden sandals, covered His body with the ochre robe and wore a codpiece. Taking a staff in His hand, He set out from His home in joy to fulfill His mission which was to revive faith and uplift the people morally and spiritually. On his way to Badrinath, Narahari reached the Holy Varanasi (Kashi) in the guise of a seeker after Liberation. Lord Narahari, in accordance with Holy tradition, resorted to His Holiness Swami Krishna Saraswati as his Guru and from him took the vow of Sanyas. Henceforth, He came to be known as Shri Narasimha Saraswati. He formally took the vow of Lifelong Celebacy. Thus he became a full-fledged sannyasi who has transcended the opposites of joy and sorrow and the limitations of a self-centered will. This World Teacher has laid down the tradition of sanyas for seekers after liberation.Shri Nrishimha Saraswati expounded the nature of Sanyas to some and the meaning of the Vedas, which can secure the true objects of life (Purusharthas), to others. Then, he proceeded in his wanderings round the country in a clock-wise direction, along with his disciples. He had seven disciples and they were Baala, Krishna, Upendra, Janajyotim Sadaananda, Madhava and Siddha. All have the title 'Saraswati' suffixed to their names. He took holy dips in all the holy rivers along the way and reached the sacred place where the river Ganga joins the sea. From Benares he went to Badrika Ashram with his disciples. Then moving from place to place for the welfare of common people, he arrived at Ganga sagar (Prayag), near Calcutta. Some Twenty years passed this way. Shri Nrisimha Saraswati reappeared at his home to the wonder and joy of his family and town people, He blessed them all. In the Guru Charitra the miracles performed by him are described. These Miracles were meant to increase faith among people in a higher power and start them on the path of spiritual path. Shri Narasimha Saraswati then went to Trumbakeshwar and did Gautami Tatak Yatra till Manjarika. He then Visited Vasara Brahmeshwari and further headed towards South for Vaidyanath. At Parli Vaijnath he did Penance for one year and remained in Seclusion. Afterwards he went to Audumbar and Amarapur near the confluence of the rivers Krishna and the Panchaganga. At Amarapur he stayed 12 years. This place was called "Nrisimhawadi" and later "Narsobawadi" by his affectionate disciples and devotees. From Amarapur he went to Ganagapur and remained there for 24 years. During his stay there many astonishing incidents and miracles took place. Shri Narasimha Saraswati was now considered as 'Siddha Purusha' (Perfect, almost Godlike being) with Divine powers of healing physical ailments and alleviating worries of his devotees. Hindus and Muslims used to come to him considering him their Sadguru. One day he bade good-bye to people of Ganagapur and with his 7 select disciples went to the confluence of Bhima and Amraja rivers and stood for a while under the Aswatha tree. He stated "worship this tree and practice penance, your wish will be fulfilled and your life will be blessed". He announced his departure from this world and his disciples were plunged in grief. A float was prepared on the banana leaves and was adorned with flowers. This float was placed in the river and Shri Nrisimha Saraswati sat on it. All the disciples offered worship although their hearts were weighed down by grief. Shri Nrisimha Saraswati cheered them up and told them he was going to Kardali-vana (Grove of Banana Trees) near Srisailam (One of the 12 "Jyotir Linga" is located here) and upon reaching there, as a mark of his safe arrival, clusters of flowers would come back floating against current. Soon after, as per the Master's promise, clusters of flowers came to them drifting on the river against the current! When the Master got ready for departure, the natives of the village rushed to him and begged him not to deprive them of His Divine presence, but to stay on.
The Lord said, "Do not feel sad that way. How can I bear to be away from my devotees? I only seem to leave for Srisailam only to the grosser vision of the physical, but I will ever abide at Ganagapur in my real state as the Spirit or the real Self. I will seek my noon alms in this village and accept your loving devotional services. My living presence will be experienced by anyone who bathes in the Sangam (confluence of holy rivers), worships the Holy Peepal Tree and takes Darshan of My 'Padukas' (Sacred Foot-wear) here. "The Master can be seen even today by the virtuous and the devout. Only the unrighteous cannot experience his living presence. Taking his daily dip at the holy Sangam, he ever abides there. In fact, he has been blessing devotees with his divine acts (leelas) on countless occasions. The aspirations of those who worship him there with true love will be fulfilled. Indeed, the Lord is ever present with those who incessantly adore him. The miraculous experiences of such will ever remain hidden in their own hearts. He is the granter of prayers!" When people were in utter despair, Shri Nrisimha Saraswati brought about a religious and spiritual renaissance and restored their morale.
The Places where He stayed, have become centres of pilgrimage viz., Narsobawadi, Audumbar and Ganagapur. Ganagapur is believed to be the abode of Lord Dattatreya. There is a Holy Hillock of Vibhuti (holy ash) from which devotees pick up the sacred ash as Prasad to take home. This Hillock has not been depleted, even though devotees have been taking away sacred ash for Centuries. The Atmosphere in all the three pilgrimage centers is sublime and devotees feel peaceful and spiritually uplifted. Miracles take Place at Ganagapur specially, even now. 
The Message of Shri Nrisimha Saraswati is Summarized as under: 
1. In our short fleeting span of human life, we should attempt to realize God through devotion 
2. Use Buddhi (intellect) and Viveka (discrimination) to purify the minds. 
3. Never think of hurting others in thought, word or deed. 
4. Consider yourself blessed, if you secure the blessings of a Guru. 
5. Strive to realize God who is inherent in your own heart.