Temple of Lord Dattatraya,
Narsinhwadi ( Narsobawadi ) – Kolhapur ( Sangli ) – India
नरसोबाची वाडी, सांगली, कोल्हापूर
This is the most famous location of Lord Dattasthan situated on the bank of river Krishna & Panchaganga.
Shri Narsinh Saraswati who is avtar (incarnation) of Lord Dattatraya lived here for twelve years.
Shri Narasimha Saraswati with his Divine powers of healing physical ailments and alleviating worries of his devotees called as ‘Siddha Purusha’. He is known to help his devotees with his divine powers.
It is believed that the divine Padukas left by Swamiji under the auspicious Audumber Tree still respond to the prayers of devotees as per the assurance given to the Yogini-Ganas by Guru Nath. The Padukas symbolizes presence of lord Dataatrya there.
Lets get on to the details of temple rituals.
|4.30 to 5.30 a.m.||Bhupali and Kakad Aarti (morning prayers)|
|5.30 a.m to 7 a.m.||Puja of Narsimha Saraswati Shri Dattadeva and Aarti.|
|10 a.m. to 12 a.m.||Pancahmrut puja of Shri Dattadeva, recitation|
|12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.||Mahapuja, Maha naivedam , Aarti.|
|1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.||the temple and outer verandah are washed.|
|3 p.m to 6 p.m.||according to the occasion, Kirtans(holy songs), Recitations from the Puranas (holy vedic texts) is done.|
|7 p.m. to 10 p.m.||Puja of Shri Dattadeva, Arti, Palkhi , Vedic priests recite Shlokas with flower offerings and read from the Vedas to Shri Dattadeva. Night time Aarti is done by the priests|
|Magh Sudha Purnima to Magh Vadhya Panchami (February)||Shri Dattadeva’s attainment of salvation is celebrated with the reading of the puranas, and singing of the holy songs.|
|Magh Vadhya Chaturdashi (the 14th day of the Magh month)||pujas and Ahishek is done.|
|Chaitra Shuddha prathama (the festival of Gudi Padwa-or new year in March/April)||the new calendar is read out in front of Shri Datta Maharaj.|
|Chaitra Shuddha –Rama Navami festival (March/April)||from the first day of the month to the ninth day, the tradition has been to read out from the puranas, do the pujas, and read out the story of the birth of Lord Rama.|
|Chaitra, Vaishakh and Shravan months (March/ April, April/May and August/September)||from the morning 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. rudra-abhishek of Shri Datta Maharaj is done by the devotees themselves. This is followed by naivedyam and Aarti.|
|Vaishakh (April/May) month- 27th day||Celebration of the attainment of salvation of Shri Gopal Swami Maharaj.|
|Vaishakh (April/May) and Jeshta months (June)||as certain occasions arise, during the daytime the murti of Shri Dattadeva is worshipped by keeping a constant flow (of water/milk) on it. At night time Pavamana and panch sukta are recited, Abhishek is done by the priests.|
|Bhadrapad Shuddha Chathurthi (September)||on Ganesh Chathurthi, the festivities of the birth of Shripad ShriVallabh take place.|
|Ashwin-Sudha ek to Shuddha-daha (October, the first day to the tenth day of the month of Ashwin)||Sharad Navratri is celebrated. From the tenth day onwards the Palanquin festivities of Narsinha Saraswati Shri Dattadeva begin.|
|Aswin vadhya shashthi to Ashwin barah (from the seventh to the twelfth day of the month of Ashwin)||Guru Dwadashi utsav i.e. the celebration of the attainment of salvation of Shri Narsinha Saraswati Swami Maharaj takes place.|
|Deepavali utsav Ashwin vadhya chaturdashi to Kartik Sudha Pancahami (from the 14th day of the month of Ashwin to the 15th day of Kartik)||in the morning the perfumed holy bath of the murti of Shri Dattadeva and mahapuja is done.|
|Kartik Shuddha Dwadashi (the 12th day of the month of Kartik)||Tulsi Vivah utsav.|
|Margshirsh Shuddha shashthi to paurnima (December- the 7th day to the 15th day of the month of margashirsh)||Datta jayanti utsav, festivities of the birth of Lord Dattadeva take place.|
|Poush Shuddha Dwithiya (January- the second day of the month of Poush)||the birth festivities of Shri Narsinha Saraswati take place. Naivedam , Maha Puja. Kirtan(holy songs), take place continuously for 7 days.|
How to reach Narsobawadi by Road, Flight, Bus or Train :
Location of Narsobawadi : (GPS co-ordinates 16°41’37″N 74°36’2″)
Narsobawadi a.k.a. Narsinhwadi or Narsobachi Wadi is situated @25 Kilometers from Sangli in kolhapur District, @55 kilometers towards East from Kolhapur & @20 kilometers from Miraj
- from Pune (Swargate) to Narsobawadi buses are available.
- Sangli to Kurundwad bus, can drop you at Narsobawadi. (Kurundwad is at 1 km from Narsobawadi)
How to drive by road to Narsobawadi
From Sangli city you can drive down to this place within ~40 minutes, road is narrow but good. There is way to Kolhapur also which shows distance of ~45 Kilometers.
By Road : Private Jeeps/Trax/Sumo are also available from Sangli
- Sangli to Narsobawadi – 45 minutes drive on narrow road.
- Kolhapur to Narsobawadi – 45 kms
- Kolhapur – Ichalkaranji – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi
- Kolhapur – Jaysingpur – Shirol – Narsobawadi
- Miraj – Shirol – Narsobawadi
- Nipani – Borgaon – Herwad – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi
- Belgaum – Nipani – Chikodi- Raibag- Jalalpur-Borgaon – Herwad – Kurundwad – Narsobawadi
Nearest Airport : Kolhapur
You can reach “Narsobachi Wadi” Jayasingpur railway station which is situated on the Miraj-Kolhapur railway or ply on direct state transport (ST) buses from Miraj, Sangli or Kolhapur.
- From Hyderabad
Hyderabad – Kolhapur Express
Kolhapur to Narsobawadi bus (available for every one hour)
- From Chennai
No direct train between Chennai and Sangli.
Chennai to Pune, Pune to Sangli.
- From Bangalore
Bangalore to Kolhapur – Rani Chennamma Express.
- From New Delhi
Nizamuddin to Kolhapur Super Fast express
- From Dadar
Dadar to Jayasingpur. (JaiSinghpur to Narsobachiwadi Distance 14 kms)
- From Pune
Pune Station to Jayasingpur Station
Things to buy at Narsobachi Wadi :
“Narsobachi Wadi” is also famous for Brinjal, Cucumber, Corn that are really very very tasty due to the fact that they are grown on the bank of river Krishna. Also do not forget to buy Pedhe / Pedha, Kavath(Limonia) Barfi and Basundi which are considered to be best of Maharashtra for its taste and quality.
Where to Stay: Accommodation
Many Hotels and Lodges are available with AC and Non-AC rooms at Narsobachi wadi.
Bhakt-Nivas from devasthan is also available for stay, you need to visit the office inside the temple.
Close up look of the Narsinhwadi kolhapur temple
नरसोबाची वाडी, सांगली, कोल्हापूर
An extract from Guru Charitra Chapter 18:
Sri Narasimha Saraswati visited the Pancha Ganga Sagar, the temple of Amareshwar on the other bank of river , hence the place is called as Amarapur.
Nearby is the Sakti Teertha, where resides Sixty-four Yogini Shaktis, serving and worshiping Amareshwar, but not seen by others (secretly hidden).
Nearby situated are Papa Vinasini and other holy Teerthas. Sri Krishna Saraswati stayed at Amarapur for 12 years. This place today known as Narsobawadi (Narsobachi Wadi), after Sri Narasimha Saraswati.
An extract from Guru Charitra Chapter 19:
“I am leaving my Padukas here, offering worship to the Padukas, they will be granted and fulfilled.” – Sri Narasimha Saraswati.
Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Datta Deva Sansthan,
Narsobawadi (po), Tal : Shirol, Dist: Kolhapur.
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