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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
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Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

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Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
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GANAGAPUR -DATTATREYA

The shrine at Ganagapur has not yet assumed the form of a temple, though it is on its way to do so. Originally it was a math or ashram of Shri Nrisimha Sarasvati. It is an old block of buildings. The main gate faces towards the west. This gate is surmounted by a nagarkhana of the Maratha model. On getting entrance one comes into a spacious mandap. This must have been once an open court yard after the fashion of medieval mansions, but is now completely roofed over. Around this courtyard are pillared aisles now turned into rooms by putting up wall curtains. On a raised platform on the southern side of the mandap is the holy of holies, It is a very small room divided into two by a wall. The outer part has two doors and the visitor is admitted there. In the inner portion are the image of Dattatreya and the ‘nirguna padukas’-a pair of sandals. A very small opening in the wall gives the pilgrim a glimpse of the image. This opening is framed in a silver-plate framework. Some feet away is a door in the dividing curtain. The door has also a plated frame donated by a devotee. In front of this, inside the sanctuary are the padukas. It is these padukas that are the object of worship at this place. It is a symbol of the constant and eternal presence of Dattatreya in his form as Nrisimha Sarasvati at this kshetra. Facing the padukas in a small niche in the western wall is a small Ganesh image known as Shri Vigbnahar Chintamani. This image is said to have been estabished by the Guru when he came to stay in this math. Nobody is allowed to enter the garbhagriha that contains the padukas and the image.

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