Gangapuram is the place where Lord Dattatreya is believed to spent 24 years in the form of Sri Pada Vallabha | Gangapur is also the confluence of Bhima and Amaraja rivers
Gangapur is located at a distance of 40 kms from Gulbarga in Karnataka. According to the sthalapurana, Dattatreya is believed to live in this place for 24 years in the form of Sri Pada Vallaba, Narasimha Saraswathi.
Ganagapur is a Sangama sthalam of rivers Bhima and Amaraja. General belief is that during the war between Gods and demons, Lord Shiva gave Amritha teertham to Indra to bring back life to the dead bodies of Gods. While the Amritha teertham is being sprinkles some of the drops fell on the earth and turned in to a river called Amaraja. The sangama sthlam of Bhima and Amaraja is considered very sacred all devotees take bath here compulsorily. Then they go around the Audumbar vriksham on the banks of the river. It is believed that Sri Pada vallabha is still in dhyanamudra under the tree in invisible form and protect his devotees. Many devotees and saints go around this tree singing ‘Digambara, Digambara Sri pada vallabha digambara’. Main temple is situated at a distance of three kilometers from the sangama sthalam.
This temple is dedicated to Narasimha Saraswathi swami and he is believed to be the second avataram of Dattatreya. Narasimha Saraswathi is believed to spent 24 years of his life here and later he went to Srisailam where he did severe penance in Kadalivanam. The idol of Narasimha saraswathi has to be visited at Gangapur through a small cave. Devotees then visit the Nirgunapadukalu. Narasimha Saraswathi used to go to collect alms in the afternoon and so devotees who visit this place also collect alms in the afternoon. It is believed that Narasimha Saraswathi told the villagers that he would come to collect alms everyday to this village. So the villagers give alms to everyone who comes begging.
Morning aarti, nivedana in the afternoon and pallaki seva in the evening are performed for Narasimha Saraswathi idol in Gangapur temple. Another speciality of this temple is that dogs move freely in the premises of the temple. According to the Puranas four Vedas used to follow Lord Dattatreya in the form of dogs. There is a Lord Vinayaka temple, Shiva temple and Sani temple at two kilometers from the main temple. Devotees also visit these temples.
Lord Dattatreya is the son of sage Atri and Anasuyadevi. Anasuyadevi is a chaste and virtuous wife who converted Trimurtis into small kids when they wanted to test her. Pleased by her, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva united their amsas and were born as Dattatreya to her. Later Lord Dattatreya was born as Sri Pada Vallabha at Pitapuram, Narasimha Saraswati swami at Karamja, Maharashtra. Some devotees believe that Swami Samarth, Shirdi Saibaba and Manik prabhu are also the incarnations (avatars) of Lord Dattratreya.
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