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The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Author Index
Introduction Lord Srikanteswara...
Mother Chamundeswari... Lord Ranganatha...
Talakaveri & Its Glory Lord Chennakesava...
Lord Hoyaleswara... Lord Manjunath...
Balakrishna Of Udipi Mother Sarada...
Mookambikai Koil... Lord Mahabaleswar...
Lord Virupaksha... Lord Narasimha...
Guru Dattatreya... Some Shrines Superb
Convenience Of Visitors
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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GURU DATTATREYA OF GANAGAPUR

THE TEMPLE COMPLEX

The present temple stands on the original site of the asram of Nrisimha Saraswati and faces the west. The Mahadwara built in the Maharastra model is surmounted by a Nagarkhana. Crossing it, we enter the spacious mandapa adorned with pillared aisles with wall curtains serving as rooms. To the south lies the garbhagriha - a small room divided into two by a separating wall. The outer part has two doors, and upto this alone the visitors are admitted. There is a silver plated opening in this wall. In the inner most one there is installed the image of Dattatreya and below it lies the Nirguna padukas - a pair of sandals - the holiest of holies to be seen through a silver framed small opening in the wall. It is the symbol of the eternal presence of Dattatreya, in his form as Nrisimha Saraswati. In this garbhagriha there is another image of Shri Vigneshwar Chintamani in the niche on western wall, supposed to have been installed by the Guru when he settled down here. No visitor is allowed to enter the garbhagriha.

A new temple with better attraction is built and it encampass the old one. Around the shrine, there are some images and sacred objects held dear to the Guru. Among them the Aswartha tree comes first and it has an exciting background. The belief current here says that there dwelt a brahmarakshasi in it once due to a curse, and people were terribly afraid of going near it. When the guru came he was acquainted with it. Out of his infinite compassion, he liberated it and made the spot holy.There are two images of Hanuman and Naganath on the platform and another set of images on the northern side. As it is dedicated to gurus, it has neither mini-shrines nor niches anywhere.

 

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About Guru Dattatreya Of Ganagapur
The Preceptor...Pg1
The Preceptor...Pg2
Uniqueness....
Origin Of Data....
Birth Of Dattatreya
Another Legend Pg1
Another Legend Pg2
Dattatreya's Mission
Shri Shripada...Pg1
Shri Shripada...Pg2
Narashima Saraswati Pg1
Narashima Saraswati Pg2
Narashima Saraswati Pg3
You are Here! The Temple Complex 
Pujas And Festivals Pg1
Pujas And Festivals Pg2
Thirthas
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