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The Holy confluence of Bhima & Amrja rivers in Ganagapur
|• Body||Town Panchayat|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Nearest city||Afzalpur, Gulbarga|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Gulbarga|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Afzalpura|
|Civic agency||Town Panchayat|
Ganagapura (Deval Ganagapur) is a Village in Karnataka, India. It is located in the Afzalpur taluk of Kalaburagi district in Karnataka.The village is noted for its temple to Lord Dattatreya, who is said to have attained realization on the banks of the confluence (Sangama) of rivers Bhima-Amarja.
Ganagapura is a kshetra (place of pilgrimage) associated with Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, the second incarnation of Dattatreya. According to the book Shri GuruCharitra, he promised that he would abide forever at Ganagapura. In the morning, he would bathe at the confluence of the Bhima and Amarja rivers. At midday, he would go through the village asking for bhiksha (alms of food), and accept pooja offerings in the form of Nirguna Paduka at the temple. Devotees believe that by bathing at the confluence, by begging (Maadhukari) from at least five houses in Ganagapura, and by offering Paduka Pooja at the temple, they can experience the living presence (darśana) of Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, and be freed from sins and granted wishes.
Lord Dattatreya’s incarnations
Narasimha Saraswati (1378−1458) is the Purna avatar of Dattatreya. (As per the Shreepad Shreevallabha Charitra he is second avatar of Dattatreya). He was born in Karanjapur which is modern Lad-Karanja or Karanja in Maharashtra Vidharbha region. He was initially named Narahari or Shaligramadeva. His father's name was Madhav and mother's name was Amba-Bhavani. His surname was Kale. He was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family, Shukla-Yajurvedi Brahman Kanva Shaka, at Karanja.
Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot is an avatar of Dattatreya. His origins are obscure, yet a tale confirms him as Nrusimha Bhan, from Kardalivan near Srisailam. He attained samadhi in April–May of the year 1878.
Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi he was first seen in shirdi at age of about 16 meditating under a neem tree.then he disappeared and was again seen after few years, since then he Stayed at shirdi and performed many Miracles, He attained samadhi on 15 octobar 1918. But his devotees still experience him as living.
Places of interest
Significant places include Nirgun Math, Kalleshewar. The Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas.
Sangam Kshetra – meeting point of Bhima and Amarja rivers, Audumbar Tree, Ash Hill etc.
Ganagapur is well connected by road and rail. There are many state-run buses from Gulbarga to Ganagapur. The town is on the railway route. Travellers need to get down at the Ganagapur Road railway station, which is on Gulbarga-Mumbai route. From there to Ganagapur is 22 kilometres (14 mi) by bus or auto-rickshaw. The nearest airport is at Hyderabad located 245 kilometres from Ganagapur.The roads have been repaired and improved by the Government of Karnataka. Pilgrims also from Maharashtra State can come via Solapur and Akkalkot. Both this places are having good connectivity to Ganagapur.
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- Swami Samarth
- Railway to Ganagapura