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Ghangapur, Deval Ganagapur
Location in Karnataka, India

Coordinates: 17°10′54″N 76°32′03″E / 17.1817700°N 76.534286°E / 17.1817700; 76.534286Coordinates: 17°10′54″N 76°32′03″E / 17.1817700°N 76.534286°E / 17.1817700; 76.534286

Country  India
State Karnataka
District Gulbarga
 • Body Town Panchayat
 • Total 7,000
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 585212
Telephone code 08470
Vehicle registration KA32
Nearest city Afzalpura
Lok Sabha constituency Gulbarga
Vidhan Sabha constituency Afzalpura
Civic agency Town Panchayat

Ganagapura (Kannada ಗಾಣಗಾಪುರ, sometimes called Deval Ganagapur) is a village in Karnataka, India.[1][2] It is located in the Afzalpur taluk of Gulbarga district in Karnataka.

The village is noted for its temple to Dattatreya, who is said to have attained realization here on the banks of the river Bhima.


In India's 2001 census, Ganagapura had a population of 6491, with 3250 males and 3241 females.[1]

Religious Significance

Ganagapura is a kshetra (place of pilgrimage) associated with Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, the second incarnation of Dattatreya. According to the book Shri GuruCharitra, he promised that he would abide forever at Ganagapura. In the morning, he would bathe at the confluence of the Bhima and Amarja rivers. At midday, he would go through the village asking for bhiksha (alms of food), and accept pooja offerings in the form of paduka (sandals) at the temple. Devotees believe that by bathing at the confluence, by begging (maadhukari) at at least five houses in Ganagapura, and by offering paduka at the temple, they can experience the living presence (darśana) of Sri Narasimha Saraswati Swami, and be freed from sins and granted wishes.

Places of Interest

Significant places include:

  1. Nirgun Math (Main Temple)
  2. Sangam
  3. Kalleshewar

The Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas.

Sangam Kshetra

Sangam Kshetra is a meeting point of Bhima and Amarja rivers. The water of these rivers, especially at their confluence, called Sangam, are considered extremely holy. Those who bathe in Sangam will be freed from their sins, and their wishes will be fulfilled. There is a temple in Sangam in which the Shree Narasimha Saraswati Swamy performed the Anusthana. The `Shella Padukas' of Swamy are here.

Audumbar Tree

The Audumbar tree is situated near Sangam. Many devotees do the Shree Gurucharitra parayana (reading of Shree Gurucharitra) there.

History of Audumbar tree at Sangam Kshetra

A person named Narahari was cured of leprosy by Shree Guru Narasimha Saraswati Swamy. Narahari bowed to Shreeguru and began to pray him at that time. The 8 sloka stotra composed by Narahari became famous, and are recited in the temple at night to this day. Each sloka ends with “Vandayaami Naarasimha Saraswatheesha Paahimaam”. The stotra is now familiar as Narasimha Saraswati Ashtaka. Shreeguru blessed Narahari, and said that whoever recites the sloka every day with full devotion will get ashta aishwarya, spiritual power, wealth, fame and noble offspring.

Ash Hill

Ash hill is nearer to Sangam and it is said that there was a hill from which Ash came from the days of Lord Parashurama. Lord Parashurama performed penance at this place. The ash is very powerful and now it is in the form of Mud only. The wearing of ash by mixing with oodi is very powerful and it will protect those persons from drishti doshas. It will protect the children for Baalarishta and Graha dosha. If the ash is applied slightly every day on the stomach part of pregnant women, then they will deliver a healthy child with some "Tejarupa".

Shree Kalleshwar

This is the temple of Sri Kalleshwar (Shiva) which is quite famous in Ganagapur. It is said that the poet Narahari, who used to pray Kalleshwar, once started seeing Sri Narasimha Saraswati in Kalleshwara's place. He became a devotee of Sri Narasimha Saraswati. This temple is considered as equivalent to Gokarna. In this temple, the Swayambhu Shani and many temples are situated.

Ashta Teerthas

Below are the names of Ashta theerthas:

  • Nrusimha theertha
  • Sreepaada theertha
  • Rudrapada theertha
  • Bagerathi theertha
  • Paapa Nashaka theertha
  • Koti theertha
  • Chakra theertha
  • Manmatha theertha

The importance of taking bath in these Ashta teerthas can be known from Shree Gurucharitra. Some devotees take a bath every day during their stay in Ganagapur and some bathe at least once during their yatra period. Bathing in Ashta teerthas on Naraka Chathurdashi (eve of Diwali) day is considered very powerful. Sins and doshas are believed to be removed by bathing in these Ashta teerthas.

Lord Dattatreya’s incarnations

Sripaad Shree Vallabh was born in a Brahmin family in a village named Pithapuram (East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India) and disappeared in Kurvapur.

Narasimha Saraswati (1378−1458) is the Purna avatar of Dattatreya. (As per the Shreepad Shreevallabha Charitra he is second avatar of Dattatreya). He was born in Karanjapur which is modern Lad-Karanja or karanja in Maharashtra Vidharbha region. He was initially named 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.


Ganagapur is well connected by road and rail. There are many state-run buses from Gulbarga to Ganagapur. The town is on the railway route.[3] Travellers need to get down at the Ganagapur Road railway station, which is on Gulbarga-Mumbai route. From there to Ganagapur is 22 kilometres (14 mi) by bus or auto-rickshaw.

External links

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