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GANAGAPUR - DATTATREYA

Bhadrapad chaturthi, the fourth day of that month, when Ganesh janma is observed everywhere, is also the birth anniversary of Shri Shripad Shrivallabha. Ceremonial worship of the padukas and of Vighnahar Chintamani takes place. The latter is draped in new constumes and ornaments, prasad is distributed to all those present. Vijayadashmi, the tenth day of the month of Ashvin is marked by worship of the Shami tree and a palanquin procession in the evening. The twelfth day of the second half of the same month, i.e. Ashvin is the death- anniversary of Shripad Shrivallabha, when in addition to routine worships and rituals a feast is given to the devotees.

Two days later, i.e. on the day of Narakachaturdashi, the priests andpilgrims go out in procession, singing bhajans, to take a dip in all the eight tirths of the Bhima. The tirths are described above. The fifteenth and sixteenth day of Kartika are marked by a procession of the palkhi to the Bhima Amaraja confluence. Around ten o’clock in the morning of the full-moon day the utsavamurti is dressed in rich silken costumes,all sorts of ornaments are put upon the image and the palkhi proceeds towards the city gates to the accompaniment of a band of musicians. from the city-gates the partly starts at a very quick pace. The first halt is on the Vishranti katta or resting platform. This spot has been sanctified by the practice of Shri Guru of resting himself here when going to and coming back from the confluence. Here some edibles are distributed. The destination is the next stop, the Sangameshvar temple opposite the confluence. Married women wash the feet of those who bear the palanquin, arati is sung and the image placed in the Sangameshvar temple. Here abhisheka and mahanaivedya take place and then a great feast follows. By this time the hands of the clock show nine in the evening. For an hour after this arati is sung. After the distribution of prasad the return journey of the palkhi starts. This indeed is a very remarkable sight. Scores of torches are set alight and the palkhi starts its return march at SL good pace, the bearers and the accompanying procession running to the tune of several bhajans. Off and on the cheers of ‘Anantakoti Brahmandanayak’ enliven the atmosphere. There is a halt at the vishranti katta. The palakhi comes back to the math by around three or four in the morning.

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