Details of the Nirguna Padukas
Shree Kshetra Ganagapur, One of the most famous Dattatreya Peethas, is associated with Shri Narasimha Sarasvati Swami, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. It stands on the bank of the river Bhima in Afzalpur taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. This Nirguna Math is adorned with the Nirguna Padukas. The water of the rivers Bhima and Amaraja, especially at the spot of their confluence, are considered extremely holy.
More about Ghanagapur and Sri Narasimha Saraswati can be read in Shri Guru Charitra.
Importance of Guru Paduka Poojan at Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Dattatreya Devasthan (Temple)
In Our Sanatana Dharma we have various aspects of Worshipping the Almighty. The Absolute Brahman which our Vedas declare to be Formless and Attribute Less is Worshipped by us in the form of Deities with Form and Attributes. Guru has a Special Importance in our Sanatana Dharma as he is believed to be the one who ultimately guides us towards Salvation (Moksha). So the Worship of the Gurus Feet is considered to be More Efficient than the Worship of Various Deities itself.
Lord Dattatreya, the Adiguru descended to this Earth in the Form of Two Incarnations namely Shripada Sri Vallabha and Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Shri Narasimha Saraswati took up Sanyasa at very tender age and roamed the length and width of Our Country and then he finally Settled down at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur where he Stayed on for a Period of 24 Years. While Proceeding to Shrishailyam for Avatar Samapti the Compassionate Guru kept his Nirguna Padukas at Ganagapur and asked the people to Worship the Padukas thrice a day.
Nirguna Padukas are called so because the Padukas are Attributeless and Formless (Nirguna Nirakara) representing the Absolute Brahman. He assured everyone that One will be relieved of all Kinds of Problems by Worship of his Nirguna Padukas at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur. Pilgrims visiting Ganagapur thus Worship the Padukas and get their desires fulfilled. As there is no Abhisheka of Water or Milk done to the Padukas, the Nirguna Padukas are Worshiped only by applying Kesara (Saffron Paste) , Kasturi and Attara. This Keshar Lepan is considered as the Main Prasada of Ganagapur. Numerous are the Instances quoted in Shri Guru Charitra where people afflicted with some diseases or Suffering of Various Ailments (Physical, Mental or Spiritual) who Visited Shri Guru were Cured of them. The Guru is still Blessing all the Devotees Visiting Ganagapur daily from all across the World.
Offering Pooja (Worship) to the Nirguna Padukas at Ganagapur on Special Occasions and Festivals like Guru Pournima, Shravana Masa, Maha Shivaratri, Sri Datta Jayanti and Jayanti of Shri Narasimha Saraswati and Shripada Sri Vallabha, Magha Utsav (Guru Pratipada), Guru Dwadashi, Ugadi etc is Considered as Extremely Powerful and Holy.
Note: Even if one is not able to visit Ganagapur personally can get their Pooja (Archane/Abhisheka) done through us on their Name by sending the Gotra, Nakshatra ,Rashi and Sankalpa (Your Wish) using the Form Provided in the Contact Us Section. Devotees shall then receive the Prasadam of the Pooja at Ganagapur by Post.