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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
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GANAGAPUR -DATTATREYA

The description of these sthanas cannot be brought to a close without reference to a peculiar circumstance regarding all the three places. All are famous as spots where redemption from the troubles of evil spirits like ghosts, witches and other varieties like brahmarakshasas is obtained. The victim is to be taken to the shrine and made to attend the worships and more especially the prayer or aratis. Due to the influence of the god, the spirits gradually become uneasy and ultimately leave their captive alone. At the time of the prayers one often sees in the shrine victims dancing, constantly bending backwards and forwards, and the entire atmosphere is filled with their wailings and shrieks. Although most of the deities are objects of Sakama bhakti none except Dattatreya is as prominent in the field of evil spirits and black magic. There is no kind of logical or historical explanation of how the Dattatreya cult came to be associated with this business. In the legends and myths concerning Dattatreya there is nothing to connect him so closely with the so called power over the evil spirits. The only significant factors are some two or three incidents in the lives of Shripad Shrivallabha and Shri Nrisimha Sarasvati, when they redeemed bedevilled persons from the grasps of brahmarakshasas and pishachas. Whatever it might be, the fact remains that all these centres of the Datta cult today are more well known for their miraculous supernatural powers rather than as centres of philosophical leanings or yoga. There is little doubt the latter would have been more befitting Shri Dattatreya’s role as Guru-the preacher of dharma.

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