|Daily Pooja Schedule of Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple with Temple Opening Closing Darshan, Puja and Abhishekam Timings
The Puja and Aarti to Lord Dattatreya at Ganagapur Kshetra is done Thrice a Day (Trikala Pooja and Aarti) as per the Instructions of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati himself :
Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati Dattatreya Maharaj while proceeding to Kardali Van (Dweepa at Srisailam) for Avatar Samapti insisted his Disciples for offering Trikala Puja and Aarati to his Nirgun Padukas at Nirgun Math in Ganagapur Kshetram and the same is followed by us till this Day (52Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra) viz..
Kakada Aarti and Morning Pooja at Ganagapur Temple (3am - 7am) :
The Day at the Temple starts with the Loud Ringing of the Bell at Sharp 3am by the Pujaris (Archakas) of the Temple. We (Priests) then open the Doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum (Garbha Gruha) and start the Daily Schedule by Performing Kakada Aarti to Lord Dattatreya, Nirguna Padukas and Chintamani Ganapati. During the Aarti large drums in Nagarkhana are Drummed loudly. This is Known as Chaughada (Holy Drumming Ritual). Devotees are allowed for the Dharma Darshana at Ganagapur Temple right from Kakada Aarti only.
Elaborate Ritualistic Worship with Shodashopachara is then offered to the Lord. At First Rudrabhisheka and Pooja will be done to the Shaligramas, Spatika Lingam and Bana Lingas. Then Special Pooja along with Kesara Lepana will be done to the Swami Maharajs Nirguna Padukas.Sankalpam is done daily for welfare of all Devotees. During this time Devotees get the Darshan of Ek Mukhi Roopa of Lord Datta. After offering Mangalarati to the Nirguna Padukas, there will be Worship of Chintamani Ganapati and the other deities surrounding the Temple. The Pooja (Worship) continues till 7am when the Maha Mangalarati Aarti is done to the Lord Datta (Trimurti Roopa) and again there will be Choughada indicating that the Morning Pooja has been Completed.
After this the Pilgrims are allowed for Suvarna Paduka Pooja and Spatika Linga Abhishekam till 12pm.
Noon Pooja and Maha Naivedya (12pm - 1pm) :
The Maha Naivedya to Lord Datta in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur takes place at 12pm. The Pooja and Naivedyam to Kshetradhipati Shri Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj and Chintamani Ganapati takes place for an hour. The Choughada takes place after the Shankha Vadya (Blowing of Conch) and the Madhukari (Offering of Alms) starts. As it is believed in Ganagapur that Lord Datta himself takes alms here at afternoon, the people visiting Ganagapur must therefore offer alms (Bhiksha) to some people and accept alms from atleast 5 houses. This Bhiksha is the Maha Prasadam of Gangapur.
After the Maha Naivedyam Devotees are again allowed for Paduka Pooja and Abhishekam for an hour (1pm-2pm)
Evening Pooja and Palakhi Seva (7pm-9pm) :
The Pradosha Kaala Pooja to Lord Dattatreya starts at 7.30 pm and after the Aarti the Utsav Murti of Lord Datta Maharaj will be kept in the Palakhi (Palanquin) after which the Palaki Sohala starts (around 8pm).After the 3 Parikrama rounds (With Bhajans) around the Temple the Utsav Murti is taken inside. The Day Schedule completes with the recital of Several Stotras famously known as Shejarti (Last Aarti) during which Karuna Tripadi composed by Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati (Tembe) Swami Maharaj and many other Stotras are Chanted by the Priests. Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj had a great liking for Music which can be seen in the 51st and 52nd Adhyay of Shri Guru Charitra where he asks his Disciples to Propitiate him by Singing Bhajans and therefore Various Aartis ,Bhajans are also sung daily at the Temple. The Temple finally Closes for the day at 9 pm.
Ganagapur Yatra Vidhi (Important Things to do at Ganagapur Dattatreya Kshetra)
If you are Planning for a Holy Visit (Kshetra Yatra) to Ganagapur Dattatreya Temple then make sure that You;
Take a Holy Bathe at Sangama (Confluence of Bhima and Amarja Rivers) and do Audumbara Parikrama (Pradakshina).
Visit the 3 Main Temples viz., Nirgun Math (Dattatreya Mandir), Sangam Datta Temple and Kalleshwara Shiva Temple.
Have Darshanam of Swami Maharajs Nirgun Paduka and Ashwattha Tree at the Nirgun Math Datta Temple. You Can Perform the Paduka Pooja and other Sevas like Rudrabhishekam, Nandadeepa (Deeparadhana), Madhukari and Annadanam. For Details click here.
Perform the Palakhi Seva held daily at evening or you can even just attend the Sohala.
Perform Guru Charitra Parayana at Ganagapura (in Sangam or wherever convenient) Personally or Via Brahmin (Brahmanadwara)
If you have got a good time then you can perform Ashta Teertha Snana and also visit other Places. For Details regarding Important Places to Visit click here.
With this you will be Completing your Ganagapur Yatra.
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