Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swamy23 April, 2016
Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swami (1378-1458) is the Purna avatar of Lord Dattatreya. He was born in Karanjapur which is modern Lad-Karanja or karanja in Maharashtra Vidharbha region.
Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swami (Shreeguru) was initially named as Narahari or Shaligramadeva. His father’s name was Madhav and mother’s name was Amba-Bhavani. His surname was Kale. He was born in a Deshastha Brahmin family Shulka-yajurvedi Brahman Kanva Shaka at Karanja
Shreeguru assured that he would forever abide at Ganagapur and go round the village for ‘Biksha’ at 12:00 noon. Offering “Madhukari” to the people at Ganagapur and taking Biksha from at least 5 houses is having very importance at this holy place.
Even today Lord Dattatreya takes biksha everyday at Ganagapur. ShreeGuru “Sri Nrusimha Saraswathy” confirmed the same and it can be seen in Gurucharitra Adhyay (chapter 21-22)
At the time of Antardhan, Shreeguru said to the disciples and citizens of Ganagapur as follows:
Vasathi Rani Sangamase Jate Nithya Bikshese Taya Vare Ganagapurase Madhyana Kaala Pareyasa
“You need not worry. I shall stay at this Ganagapur kshetra secretly. I shall have bath at the Bheema-Amaraja Sangam river in the morning. In the mid day, I shall come to Ganagapur mutt and accept Biksha in this village and accept your pooja and devotional services. From the view point of the public, I am going away from this place. My living presence will be experienced by anyone who bathes in the Bheema-Amaraja Sangam and takes darshan of my Padukas here. I will receive pooja at this Kshetra in the form of Padukas”. The Padukas of shreeguru Shree Nrusimha Saraswathy Swami at this place are “Nirguna Padukas”