| Important Festivals and Events Celebrated at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Datta Temple (Nirgun Math Mandir)
The Most Important Festivals (Utsav) that are celebrated in the Ganagapura Dattatreya Devasthan are ;
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Guru Pournima :
Celebrated on the Pournima of the Ashada Masa it generally falls in the Month of July. As the Kshetradhipati of Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati is a Sanyasi belonging to the Sringeri Shankara Parampara, the Celebration of Guru Pournima has its own Importance at Ganagapur. Vyasa Pournima is Celebrated in Ganagapur by all the Pujaris (Archakas) by the way of Performing Vyasa Pooja at 10am in the Maha Mantapam of the Nirgun Math Temple. Devotees have the Divine Darshanam of Nirguna Paduka and also bow to Bhagwan Veda Vyasa and Adi Shankaracharya.
Paduka Pooja , Rudrabhisheka and Annadana can be Performed on this Day by Contacting Us.
Shravana Masa :
Shravana Masa is Celebrated Very Grandly every year (Month of August) at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur. Every Morning at 7am the Kshetra Pujaris (Archakas) gather at the Maha Mantap of the Temple and Mahanyasa Poorvaka Rudrabhisheka will be Performed to the Shiva Lingam. Then 3 Parikrama of the Temple will be done along with the Chanting of the Holy Life History of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati in the Form of the Marathi Song. After the Maha Mangalarati there will be distribution of Panchamruta and Maha Prasadam. On Mondays the Program takes Place at around 3.30pm. Everyday at Night after the Daily Routines at around 10pm Bhajans will be conducted in the Temple.
Rudrabhisheka, Annadanam and Guru Charitra Parayana Seva are Considered Very Auspicious during Shravana Masa.
Shripada Shri Vallabha Jayanti & Ganesh Chaturthi :
Every Year on Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi (Generally in August) there will be the Grand Celebration of both Ganesh Chaturthi and Shripada Sri Vallabha Swami Jayanti at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur. In the Morning Special Shodashopachara Pooja will be done to Chintamani Ganapati at the Math and also to the Nirguna Padukas. Then at around 12pm the Cradle Ceremony (Palana) will be Celebrated in the Nirgun Math (Datta Mandir) Premises. Crowds of Devotees gather in the Temple Premises since Morning to have a Holy Glimpse of Bala Roopi Sripada Sri Vallabha Swami Maharaj.
Paduka Pooja, Abhishekam and Annadanam have Great Importance on this Day.
Devi Navaratri and Dushera (Vijaya Dashami) :
Celebrated from Ashwina Shuddha Pratipada to Dashami (Generally in September / October), the Devi Navaratri and Dushera too are the Important Festivals at Ganagapur. The Dushera Celebration at Ganagapur takes place by the way of Palakhi Procession (Palaki Sohala) in the Kshetra. The Utsav Murti of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati will be kept in the Palakhi and is taken to the Kalleshwar Mandir at around 5pm. As the Token of Wishing Prosperity Devotees Mutually offer a Leaf called Semipathri after the Poojan to the Shami Tree at Kalleshwar. On the way back to the Nirguna Math the Villagers and the People of Priest Community offer Aarti to the Lord in Pallakhi. The Palaki reaches back to the Nirgun Math at around 8pm.
Guru Paduka Pooja and Abhisheka can be done through us.
Guru Dwadashi :
Celebrated on Ashwina Krishna Dwadashi it generally falls in the Month of October. On this Day Shripada Shri Vallabha Swami Maharaj , the 2nd Incarnation of Lord Dattatreya Concluded his Avatara. Annadanam will be Conducted on this Day.
Bhikshannadana and Paduka Pooja can be performed by Contacting Us.
Naraka Chaturdashi and Deepawali (Diwali):
Naraka Chaturdasi which falls on Ashwina Krishna Chaturdasi (Month of October) during Deepavali Festival marks the Jubilant Celebrations in Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple of Karnataka. On this day, thousands of devotees take holy bath in ‘Ashta Tirthams’ around Ganagapuram Sri Kshetra temple. Ashta Tirthams are Eight Holy Spots along the Bheema River that are Sanctified by Sri Narasimha Saraswathi Swami Maharaj.
‘Dindi’ representing Shri Narasimha Saraswathi Swami Maharaj leads the way of devotees for Punya Snan (Holy Bath) in the Ashta Tirthas of Gangapur. The Devotees start having their Holy Dip at Shatakula Teerth at Sanagam and then Narasimha Teerth, Bhagirathi Teerth, Papa Vinashini Teerth, Koti Teerth, Rudrapada Teerth, Chakra Teerth and finally at the Manmatha Teerth near Kalleshwara Temple.
Bhiksha Vandanam and Nirguna Paduka Pooja can be performed by Contacting Us.
Kartika Pournima :
Celebrated on the Pournima of the Kartika Masa it generally falls in the Month of November. It is also known as Tripurari Poornima or Gouri Hunnime. The Festival is celebrated in the Kshetra for two days with Great Pomp. On both the Days the Palakhi of Guru Maharaj is taken to the Sangam Temple which returns in the Mid Night. The 2nd Day is marked with the Celebration by way of Vana Bhojana (Avali Bhojan).
Guru Paduka Pooja, Rudrabhishek and Annadanam can be Performed on this Day.
Shri Datta Jayanti :
Celebrated on Margashirsha Shudda Chaturdashi it generally falls in the Month of December. Cradle Ceremony (Palana) of Lord Datta on the 1st Day at around 12pm marks the beginning of Datta Jayanti celebrations in Ganagapur Temple. All the incarnations of Sri Dattatreya are worshipped with Shodashopachara Puja. Rathothsavam or Chariot Festival on Margashirsha Poornima (2nd Day) marks the Conclusion of Datta Jayanti Utsav in Ganagapur temple. Click here to read the Datta Jayanti Celebrations in detail.
Guru Paduka Pooja, Annadanam and Shri Guru Charitra Parayanam are of Great Importance on this Day and can be Performed through Us.
Shri Narasimha Saraswati Jayanti :
Celebrated on Poushya Shuddha Dwitiya it generally falls in the Month of January. Special Pooja will be done to the Nirguna Padukas on this Day and at around 12pm the Cradle Ceremony (Palana) will be Celebrated in the Nirgun Math (Datta Mandir) Premises. Crowds of Devotees gather in the Temple Premises since Morning to have a Holy Glimpse of Bala Roopi Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj. Special Sangeeta Karyakram will be held by eminent Singers on this Day at Ganagapur.
Nirguna Paduka Pooja , Guru Charitra Parayanam and Abhishekam can be Performed on this Day.
Datta Navratra and Magha Mahotsav :
Datta Navaratra is Celebrated at Ganagapur from Magha Shuddha Pratipada to Magha Pournima (Month of February). The Magha Jatra Mahotsav begins on Pournima and is celebrated for 5 Days. It was on Magha Pournima that Shri Guru kept his Nirgun Padukas at Nirgun Math. On Magha Vadya Pratipada (Guru Pratipada), the 2nd Day there will be Yati Pooja (Worship of Saints) performed at the Temples Maha Mantapam. On the Fifth Day there will be celebration of Gopala Kala marking the end of Jatra Celebration. The Palakhi of Datta Maharaj will be taken to the Rudrapada Teerth and the devotees have the Holy Bathe (Amruta Snanam) there. There will be Annadanam and Maha Prasada conducted at the Keshava Mandir at Ganagapur during all the Four Days.
Nirgun Paduka Poooja, Abhisheka, Guru Charitra Parayana and Annadanam are of Very Great Importance during these Days.
Maha Shivratri :
Mahashivaratri is Celebrated on Magha Krishna Chaturdashi and it generally falls in the Month of February / March. This Auspicious Festival of Lord Shiva is Celebrated at all the Temples in Sri Kshetra Ganagapur viz Sri Datta Nirgun Math Mandir, Sri Kalleshwara Temple and the Temple at Sangam. On this Holy Day, the Pujaris (Archakas) of the Temple gather at the Maha Mantapam of the Temple and start the Chatur Yaama (4 Yama) Pooja with Mahanyasa Poorvaka Rudrabhisheka. The Pooja starts at around 10pm and continues till 3am after which there will be 3 Parikrama to the Temple along with chanting of the Holy Life History of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati. After the Maha Mangalarati the Daily Schedule begins with Kakad Aarti. Chatur Yaama Pooja is also done at Sangam and Kalleshwara Temples.
Niguna Paduka Pooja, Rudrabhishekam, Laghu Rudra, Annadanam and other Important Sevas can be performed through us.
In addition to these Main Festivals listed below are some other Important Festivals and the way they are Celebrated at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Temple ;
Yugadi (On Chaitra Shuddha Pratipada) : The Panchanga of the New Samvatsara (Hindu Year) is read out at the Temple.
Shri Rama Navami (On Chaitra Shuddha Navami) : Special Pooja and Aarti to Shri Rama Roopi Utsav Murti (Mahapuja) at Afternoon (Around 12pm).
Hanuman Jayanti (On Chaitra Pournima) : Special Pooja to Lord Maruti located at the Mahadwara during the Morning Worship.
Devi Panchami (On Chaitra Krishna Panchami) : Special Aarti will be Conduted during the Evening Worship.
Parashuram Jayanti (On Vaishaka Shuddha Dwitiya) : Special Mahapooja during the Morning Worship.
Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti (On Vaishaka Shuddha Panchami) : Special Pooja and Aarti to Sri Adi Shankara Roopi Utsav Murti in the Noon and also Grand Celebrations at the Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya Math located on the Sangam Road.
Narasimha Jayanti (On Vaishaka Shuddha Chaturdashi) : Special Pooja and Aarti to Shri Narasimha Roopi Utsav Murti in the Evening during Sunset.
Shri Shani Dev Jayanti (On Vaishaka Amavasya) : Special Pooja and Tailabhisheka to Lord Shani Dev at the Shanaishwara Temple located at Kalleshwara Mandir.
Bhimarathi Poojan (From Jyeshta Shuddha Pratipada to Shuddha Dashami) : Worship of the River Bhima on the Occasion of Ganga Dashahara
Aashada Ekadashi (On Aashada Shuddha Ekadashi) : Grama Pradakshina will be done in the Evening during which Villagers visit all the Surrounding Temples and this is Considered to be equivalent to Pandharpur Yatra.
Nagara Panchami (On Shravana Shuddha Panchami) : The Usual Celebration is done.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami (On Shravana Krishna Ashtami) : Special Pooja to Shri Krishna Roopi Utsav Murti during the Janma Kala i.e Midnight 12. Bhajans are also organized till Early Morning.
Ananta Chaturdashi (On Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturdashi) : Ananta Roopi Mahapooja Darshan on the Day is Very Special.
Kartika Ekadashi (On Kartika Shuddha Ekadashi) : Grama Pradakshina will be done in the Evening during which Villagers visit all the Surrounding Temples and this is Considered to be equivalent to Pandharpur Yatra.
Makara Sankrantri (On January 14) : The Usual Celebration is done.
Ranga Panchami (On Phalguna Krishna Panchami) : Special Pooja is done to the Nirguna Padukas and the Usual Celebration is done in the Village.
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